The Edge, a new bar run by the owners of the Spring Point Tavern in South Portland, has opened at 420 Fore Street. According to an article in this weekend’s Portland Daily Sun the bar had a soft opening on Black Friday and is planning a Grand Opening for January 7.
From Away has published a review of the Old Port Sea Grill,
At The Old Port Sea Grill, small plates of super fresh seafood reign supreme. The entrees, though we only saw a very limited sampling, seemed uninspired, or maybe too inspired. Too many cooks, perhaps, trying to please too many lonely palates. But you could totally curate a meal from appetizers and such and be happy. I was. Contented, full, flushed and rosy as we left, thinking old Commercial Street is a lovely place to visit.
and the Bowdoin Orient has published a review of Five Fifty-Five.
If you enjoy a good meal, try and make the trip out to Portland; the restaurants are worth it and Five Fifty-Five should be at the top of your list.
Schulte & Herr received 5 stars from the Eat & Run review in today’s Press Herald.
We also ordered one of the most tempting things on the menu: Potato pancakes served with house-cured lox (cured with orange juice, sugar and salt), horseradish sauce, capers, radish and cornichons ($9).
My friend raved over the house-cured lox, which was plentiful on the plate and light on the tongue. The potato pancakes were crispy on the outside without being greasy or overdone, and soft and creamy inside. Paired with a bite of the salmon, a few bits of radish or capers and a smear of the horseradish sauce, these pancakes were a little bit of heaven.
The Portland Phoenix has published a review of Fez.
The menu at Fez actually says “Safari Restaurant” on the front, which perhaps presages a change in name to follow the change in emphasis. A safari is, literally, a long journey, and one gets the sense that this restaurant is still at the beginning of its own journey — in particular away from Moroccan and Mediterranean food and toward East Africa. In the meantime, this early, transitional Fez is worth trying even as they are still getting their legs. Right now it’s BYOB — a nice plus that you usually can only find at new restaurants in Portland. If you bring a bottle of wine and the right attitude, dinner at Fez can be like a safari — pleasing precisely because it is unusual and unpredictable.
Food, etc. has published a profile of The Honey Exchange.
Buying a jar of honey is like buying a bottle of wine, says Meghan Gaven, who owns the business with her husband, Phil. “Each has a different character. Lighter colored honeys tend to be more floral and minty,” she says. “The darker the honey, the stronger the flavor.”