Meredith Goad tweeted an enthusiastic two thumbs up “Try the Rundown Stew, a Caribbean chowder. It’s amazing!” for The Local Press, a soup and sandwich destination on Woodford Street that’s managed a nearly impossible feat in Portland fly beneath the radar of the local food press, PFM included, for three months since they opened.
Month: March 2013
The Bangor Daily News has published a profile of Eventide.
Aside from oysters, however, Eventide pays tribute to some classics of Maine seafood joints statewide. There’s clam chowder and lobster stew, of course, and battered Gulf of Maine hake, as well as a New England Clam Bake, a hearty meal of steamers and lobster served with potato, salt pork and a hard-boiled egg, presented on a bed of seaweed.
Review of The Lobster Shack
Lobster Gal has published a review of The Lobster Shack in Cape Elizabeth.
Clean, efficient, well maintained, bright, cheery outside, cozy inside and all this is on one of the best spots of real estate where lobster is served on the Maine coast. I really can’t say enough good things about the actual location and the restaurant itself. Except the lobster roll, it’s the only thing that just doesn’t measure up.
The Lobster Shack opens for the season this Saturday.
The Press Herald and Eater Maine have a report on the situation that has closed Carmen at the Danforth. The restaurant has been in limbo for several months while they work through some regulatory issues with their hood system.
Opinionated Top 100: Miyake, Hugo’s
Miyake (#53) and Hugo’s (#57) are in the Opinionated About Dining 2013 list of the top 100 restaurants in the United States. Regional top 25 lists and OAD’s list of the top cheap eats destinations will come out later this year.
Last year OAD rated Miyake #54 and Hugo’s #60 in their top 100 list for the US.
Maine Specialty Coffee
The Bangor Daily News has published a report on the specialty coffee industry in Maine.
Matt’s Wood Roasted Organic Coffee opened in Pownal in 2007, as did Brunswick’s Wicked Joe. Swift River Coffee Roasters opened in Raymond in 2009. Green Tree Coffee and Tea in Lincolnville, 44 North in Deer Isle, and Savage and Sons Gourmet Coffee in Bangor all opened in 2010. Crooked Porch Coffee in Bar Harbor and Tandem Coffee Roasters in Portland both opened last year. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Crooked Mile Cafe on Brighton Now Open
The new Rosemont location of the Crooked Mile Cafe (website, facebook) opened this weekend at 428 Brighton Ave in the space formerly occupied by Udder Cafe.
This Week’s Events: Wine Tastings, Wine Events, Wine Dinners, Latte Art Competition, and More Wine
Monday — Good Wine for a Good Cause IV is taking place a Port City Music Hall, there will be 100+ wines to try, the event is a benefit the Cancer Community Center.
Tuesday — Bar Lola is holding a wine dinner.
Thursday — there will be a wine and cheese tasting at the Public Market House, Grace is holding a wine tasting event, the Museum of African Culture is hosting an Edible Exhibition, the monthly Latte Art Competition is taking place at Bard Coffee, and the Great Lost Bear will be holding their annual Stout Bout.
Friday — Cellardoor Winery is hosting a wine dinner in Portland.
Saturday — Wine Wise is teaching a class on Tuscan Reds, Rosemont is having a wine tasting, and the Winter 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.
Pocket Brunch: Marchtoberfest
The March edition of Pocket Brunch took place today at Novare Res. Tandem Coffee and the Bearded Lady provided libations to go with a meal of German food prepared by guest chefs Brad Messier and Nolan Stewart.
- Premeal – apple and pear strudel with bauchspeck and Han’s End blue cheese
- Soup – 2010 Rodenbach smoky meat broth, Orval chive pancake, calf’s liver and foie gras dumpling
- Salad – white asparagus, beef tongue, fried onions with a pairing of Freigeist Abraxas
- Egg – boar sausage, egg yolk, “tea” egg, rye toast paired with a pairing of Oxbow Freestyle 30
- Meat – Caldwell Farm beef saurbraten, potato, celeriac, bacon with a pairing of Oxbow Oxtoberfest
- Dessert – Black Forest chocolate sausage, chocolate kirsch cherry terrine, Riesling gelee, cherry glazed bacon
Review of The Merry Table
The Maine Sunday Telegram has published a review of The Merry Table.
I suggest this warm, friendly space when Quebec is too far to drive. Crepe enthusiasts should love the area’s only dedicated creperie, and the Merry Table also delivers excellent French classics in a cozy and rustic space. Seasonal outdoor seating is especially inviting when the weather is good.