Under Construction: Sticky Sweet

November 30th, 2016

A new food vendor called Sticky Sweet (website, instagram) is slated to open in early January on the 2nd floor of the Public Market House. They plan to serve “traditional Thai dessert w/ a Maine twist“.

Update: Sticky Sweet will be serving two flavors of Thai sweet sticky rice dishes, mango and blueberry cooked in traditional Thai rice baskets.

 

BiBo’s Madd Apple Cafe to Close

November 29th, 2016

Owners of BiBo’s Madd Apple Cafe have announced plans to close at the end of the year.

Sometime in 1998, after what felt like an endless search for Our Restaurant, Bill answered a blind ad and we had found it: The Madd Apple Cafe! Quaint and funky, the space was turnkey. Our purchase was final on February 1, 1999. We were open for service the next week. Since then, alongside dedicated hard working staff, we have enjoyed the support of loyal patrons and the community writ large. It’s been a good run.

BiBo’s plans to serve a farewell wine dinner on December 16 and will be open for New Year’s Eve.

Craft Beer Competition

November 28th, 2016

The Press Herald reports that Geary’s sales have dipped as the result of competition from newer breweries.

While restaurants and bars across the region dump national brands in favor of Maine-made craft beers, the trend has skipped over one local brewer – Geary’s, the brewer that started it all.

This Week’s Events: Tom/Mariah Farewell, Winter Market, Greek Pastry Sale, Repeal Day Ball, Helena

November 28th, 2016

MondayOxbow is hosting a farewell party for Thomas and Mariah Pisha-Duffly.

WednesdayCellardoor is holding an Italian food/wine pairing event.

Thursday – The Great Lost Bear will be showcasing beer from Dirigo Brewing.

FridayMaine Spirits is holding a luxury spirits tasting, and there will be a wine tasting at the Munjoy Hill Rosemont.

Saturday – it’s the first week of the Winter Farmers’ Market, the Greek Holiday Pastry Sale is taking place, Browne Trading is holding a wine tasting, and Allagash is releasing a new beer called Helena.

Sunday – the Repeal Day Ball is taking place at Mechanics Hall.

New Year’s Eve – restaurants are starting to announce details for their NYE plans. I’ll be adding to the list over the next 5 weeks:

  • BiBo’s Madd Apple Cafe – this will be their final meal before closing.
  • Central Provisions – serving an 8-course preview of the Italian menu at their new restaurant Tipo. $220 for 2  people.
  • Crooners and Cocktails7-course dinner “influenced by your favorite mobster films over the years”.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

Reviews: Dirigo Public House, Portland Meatball, Union, Bonobo, Sinful Kitchen, Petite Jacqueline

November 27th, 2016

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed the Dirigo Public House in Yarmouth,

The cider-glazed chicken wings and sweet-savory house salad with spiced almonds are both terrific starters that play well with beer. Don’t miss the eponymous burger, served with a sauce made from smoked onions and tomatoes, and be sure to order it with the onion rings, rather than the overbrowned, underseasoned French fries.

the Press Herald has reviewed the Portland Meatball Company,

Welcome to the Old Port, Portland Meatball Company. To quote “Casablanca,” “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” Oh, and one more thing, the hours are incredible. Late-night noshers, this could be your new place.

and published a bar review of Union,

Hotel bars have their own magic, and Union is no exception. While the lobby bar, Inkwell, is decent (better for coffee than cocktails) the restaurant bar seating is much nicer. Reservations are suggested if you want a full dinner, but walk-ins are welcome at the up-market bar.

Portland Magazine has reviewed Petite Jacqueline,

Unable to resist authentic French fare on offer, we order the escargots as an appetizer to share. The snails do not come in their shells (a small disappointment soon forgotten) but instead bathe in a buttery garlic and basil concoction filled with tasty button mushrooms. Baked here (and replenished often by our attentive server), the bread is a traditional French baguette, perfect for dipping in the herbed butter sauce.

The Golden Dish has reviewed Bonobo,

We have no shortage of pizza in Portland. From the plethora of pies from Otto ovens all over Greater Portland to the appeal of the big blocks of luscious pies at Slab and lots of others in between, choices abound. One, though, is in a class by itself—and I don’t mean it stands above the rest but rather is one of those places where it’s all about the specialty pie.

and Run for Breakfast has reviewed The Sinful Kitchen.

 I ended up getting their last order of chocolate caramel stuffed French toast.  It was delicious and rich, and I only managed to eat about 1/4 of it.  My only complaint was that the chocolate overpowered the caramel.  The staff was super friendly, and we headed home with another few days worth of breakfasts.

Stadler’s Greenhouse

November 25th, 2016

Munchies has published an article on chef Cara Stadler and her plans to build a greenhouse next to Tao Yuan in Brunswick.

Up next: an ambitious three-story, closed-loop aquaponic greenhouse next to her New Brunswick restaurant Tao Yuan that will raise fish like trout and grow plants like wasabi root, winged beans, Vietnamese coriander, kaffir limes, and celtuce. She’s especially excited about the wasabi—a plant that takes two to three years to cultivate to maturity.

“I want to put a yuzu tree in, too,” she says.

Under Construction: LB Kitchen

November 21st, 2016

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A look inside LB Kitchen (instagram), the restaurant under development at 249 Congress Street by Lee Farrington and Bryna Gootkind in the former Figa space.

LB will serve breakfast and lunch. It’s slated to open in December.

Here’s a look at the draft menu supplied with their liquor license application in September.

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This Week’s Events: Friendsgiving, Austin Street, Tiki Drinksgiving, Thanksgiving

November 21st, 2016

drinksgiving2Monday – It’s the last day of the Rabelais book sale,  Fork Food Lab is hosting Friendsgiving, and Sur Lie is holding a 5-course Austin Street beer dinner.

WednesdayFalafel Underground and Rhum are collaborating on a tiki drinksgiving featuring a mezze pupu platter,  and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday – it’s Thanksgiving.

Saturday – the Saturday Farmers’ Market is taking place.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

Hipstorical Woodford

November 21st, 2016

Hipstorical has published a profile of Woodford F&B.

Tucked into the Back Cove of Portland, Maine, on Woodford’s Corner, is a crown-shaped diner. A soft glow emanates from its picture windows. Inside, a young family snuggles into a corner booth, munching on burgers and fries. A gray-haired couple slices into their steaming plates of swordfish steak and baked stuffed lobster. A troupe of hip 20-somethings gathers at the bar as the mustachioed bartender prepares their hand-crafted cocktails.

Reviews: Ginza Town, Portland Meatball Co, Samuel’s

November 20th, 2016

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Ginza Town,

And while you can get a perfectly adequate sushi meal here, along with decent pho and a great tempura, the real reason to pay a visit to Ginza Town is its excellent hot pot. That’s doubly true when the weather is cold, and a frothy pot of stock bubbling on a portable burner at the center of your table possesses a seductively warm and steamy allure.

both The 207 Foodie and The Golden Dish have reviewed the Portland Meatball Company,

Don’t’ fret. It’s not just a Garden of Eden of meatballs at The Portland Meatball Company that opened on the Upper Exchange Street restaurant row. Rather, there’s more than meets the balls of these eyes. High-brow pizzas, composed salads, inventive sandwiches and house-made pastas round out a menu of eminently casual fare. In fact, the room looks more like a bar that serves food rather than a restaurant with a bar license.

and the Press Herald has published a bar review of Samuel’s.

It’s not hip, it’s not trendy, and it’s not expensive. It is, however, a fantastic place to hang out with friends and linger over a pitcher of beer.

Under Construction: Battery Steele Brewing

November 19th, 2016

img_2610A new brewery Battery Steele Brewing (facebook, twitter, instagram, website) is under construction at 1 Industrial, the home of Foundation Brewing and Austin Street as well as the location where Bissell Brothers, Rising Tide and Maine Beer Company all got their start.

The cover letter for Battery Steele’s liquor license application includes this statement,

At this location we plan on turning 1,500 square feet into a small brewery and tap  room. Our brew house will be a 10bbl system. WE plan on having a small area for people to congregate. Initially we plan to open Wednesday through Sunday. Normal operating hours would be from noon  to 6pm. Day to day operations will be executed by Jacob Condon and Shane Noble. Both Jake and Shane  previously worked at Gritty McDuff’s. With 25 years of combined experience in the beer business and a team of wonderful assets we feel we are well positioned to continue the wonderful reputation that Portland is known by in the craft beer market throughout the world.

Under Construction: Baharat

November 19th, 2016

Baharat (facebook), the 33-seat Eastern Mediterranean being developed by the Clay Norris and Jenna Friedman from CN Shawarma, has applied for a liquor license. As usual, that means we get a look at a draft menu and floor plan.

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Baharat will be located in a 1,450 sq ft on the ground floor of the new building under construction at 91 Anderson (at the corner of Fox Street).

This will be the 5th food truck that converts into a brick and mortar business. Small Axe, Love Kupcakes, Hella Good Tacos and Mainely Burgers are the other four.

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Under Construction: Coffee Me Up

November 18th, 2016

img_2607A new coffee shop called Coffee Me Up is under construction at 223 Cumberland Ave in the newly renovated building that formerly housed Shiell Market. CMU plans to serve breakfast and lunch as well as coffee and pastries.

Under Construction: Island Dog Brewing

November 18th, 2016

The Forecaster reports that a new brewery, Island Dog Brewing, is under development in South Portland.

Denze, of Berwick Street, is planning to build a brewery in about 4,200 square feet of space in Suite 15 in the one-story office park. It will specialize in “small batches of craft beer,” according to its application, and will include a tasting room and tavern, with capacity for 58 patrons.

Under Construction: Luis’s Arepera & Grill

November 17th, 2016

Saco-based Venezuelan restaurant Luis’s Arepera & Grill (website, facebook, twitter, instagram) has leased 946 Forest Ave for a second location.

From 1952 until it closed in 2015, 946 Forest Ave was home to Vivian’s Drive-In.