Brown Paper

The windows of 83 Exchange Street are covered in brown paper, and it looks like a new restaurant is already being planned for the former O’Naturals space. Given the prime location in the heart of the Old Port, it’s no surprise that it hasn’t remained vacant for long.

A Vegetarian's Review of Bresca

Diet for a Small City has written a review of Bresca from a vegetarian’s point of view.

I do wish there had been a few more choices on the vegetarian front, but what we did have was delectable.  In the end, our bill came to around $150.  It was a pricey meal.  Yes, there are places in Portland where one could have a comparable meal for less money, but I’ll be honest: this was an excellent dining experience.  I’ll be back.

A Vegetarian’s Review of Bresca

Diet for a Small City has written a review of Bresca from a vegetarian’s point of view.

I do wish there had been a few more choices on the vegetarian front, but what we did have was delectable.  In the end, our bill came to around $150.  It was a pricey meal.  Yes, there are places in Portland where one could have a comparable meal for less money, but I’ll be honest: this was an excellent dining experience.  I’ll be back.

Grace & The Corner Room Reviews

Soooo…You Really Don’t Like Cats, Do You? has published a pair of reviews for The Corner Room

Overall, the dining experience was lovely with only the minor salt snafu with the veal. The waiter and hostess were incredibly friendly and professional and as the night went on with more diners filing into the room, the waiter never forgot us. Chef Smith did a great job with the old documentary institute space, using the airy, spacious feeling to his advantage…Oh, and yes, the authenticity was mostly on par with the real deal in Italy. Maybe it was a good idea to go to The Corner Room right after coming back from Italy after all!

and Grace

I’m not sure why my expectations for food was so high, but since The Corner Room and Grace opened on the same night, I guess I expected the level of food quality to be exceptional, especially since Grace received an extra 3 weeks after my visit to Chef Smith’s new establishment. But Chef Eric Simeon may just be ironing out the kinks in his new digs…Nonetheless, the experience was quite enjoyable, the setting breathtaking, and the food still delicious.…At $45 for my meal of only an entree and dessert (plus 20% gratuity added in), Grace may be worth it as soon as they work out their issues with the dishes, but I’m not quite sold on it yet. I wouldn’t mind another visit to monitor their progress.

Grace & The Corner Room Reviews

Soooo…You Really Don’t Like Cats, Do You? has published a pair of reviews for The Corner Room

Overall, the dining experience was lovely with only the minor salt snafu with the veal. The waiter and hostess were incredibly friendly and professional and as the night went on with more diners filing into the room, the waiter never forgot us. Chef Smith did a great job with the old documentary institute space, using the airy, spacious feeling to his advantage…Oh, and yes, the authenticity was mostly on par with the real deal in Italy. Maybe it was a good idea to go to The Corner Room right after coming back from Italy after all!

and Grace

I’m not sure why my expectations for food was so high, but since The Corner Room and Grace opened on the same night, I guess I expected the level of food quality to be exceptional, especially since Grace received an extra 3 weeks after my visit to Chef Smith’s new establishment. But Chef Eric Simeon may just be ironing out the kinks in his new digs…Nonetheless, the experience was quite enjoyable, the setting breathtaking, and the food still delicious.…At $45 for my meal of only an entree and dessert (plus 20% gratuity added in), Grace may be worth it as soon as they work out their issues with the dishes, but I’m not quite sold on it yet. I wouldn’t mind another visit to monitor their progress.

Otto Pizza Get's it's First Review

Otto Pizza received 4½ stars from the weekly Eat & Run column in today’s Press Herald.

If I had thought about it very long, I might have decided that a pizza with mashed potatoes and bacon was not really my idea of pizza.

Thankfully, as with most food-related queries, I did not think. I just ate.

So for $3, I bought one of the best slices of pizza I’ve ever had – from the new Otto Pizza on Congress Street, about a block from Congress Square. The place opened in June.

Otto Pizza Get’s it’s First Review

Otto Pizza received 4½ stars from the weekly Eat & Run column in today’s Press Herald.

If I had thought about it very long, I might have decided that a pizza with mashed potatoes and bacon was not really my idea of pizza.

Thankfully, as with most food-related queries, I did not think. I just ate.

So for $3, I bought one of the best slices of pizza I’ve ever had – from the new Otto Pizza on Congress Street, about a block from Congress Square. The place opened in June.

Food for Thought Review of Grace

Food for Thought has published a review of Grace. While the author acknowledges, “Perhaps it’s too early in its 3-week history to assess such a place”, he does write about the issues he feels “that just don’t pass muster at the moment.”