Food Republic: Eating in Portland

Food Republic has set of 5 restaurant recommendations for Portland: Bao Bao, Lolita, Salvage, Union, Vinland.

During the summer months, Portland, Maine, is as irresistible as a destination gets. The weather is comfortably warm, with low humidity. The skies are crystal-clear, and the water is, well, right there. Aside from the postcard-perfect backdrop of the city and its natural surroundings, there’s plenty of good eating to be done.

Sam Lives! Smoothies

The Press Herald has a report on a new smoothy line from Maine called Sam Lives! run by Samantha Levin.

Some would say smoothies run in Samantha Levin’s veins. Including Levin herself.

“I have a love for smoothies and juices because I came from a family where we were always playing around with them,” said Levin, 24, who launched a new line of bottled, superfood smoothies called Sam Lives! at the Portland Whole Foods Market earlier this month. The store sold out of its initial order of 500 bottles in two days.

Those of you who were in Portland back in the ’90s will remember the Fresh Samantha line of smoothies. That company was launched by Levin’s parents and named for Levin.

This Week’s Events: Pocket Cruise, Summer Session

summersessionTuesday — the Local Foods Networking Breakfast is taking place at Local Sprouts, and the Pocket Brunch team is hosting a Pocket Cruise on the Frances.

Wednesday — the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Saturday — More than 50 brewers will be at Thompson’s Point for the Summer Session Beer Festival, and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Indonesian Dinner — The Honey Paw will be serving an Indonesian dinner on August 4 in collaboration with Kaki Lima from Boston. Tickets are available online and are $65 per person.

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.

Under Construction: Tomaso’s Canteen

Sam Minervino, owner of Samuel’s Bar & Grill, has applied for a liquor license for Tomaso’s Canteen, the new neighborhood pub he has under construction in the former Sangillo’s. Here’s an excerpt from Minervino’s cover letter,

The decor will pay  homage to the history of the neighborhood. My goal is create a comfortable neighborhood gathering place, where those who live and work nearby can come frequently for a drink and a reasonably priced bit to eat.

The draft menu (page 75) includes the Wings that Samuel’s is known for as well as Italian Subs, Burgers and Fried Stuffed Olives. Tomaso’s is named for Minervino’s great grandfather.

Under Construction: Roustabout

Roustabout(twitter, instagram) has applied for a liquor license. The draft menu (page 40) included in the application includes items such as Smoked Baby Back Rigatoni, Roasted Char and Roasted and Dressed Mushrooms.

The restaurant, which includes a private dining room, will seat a total of 75. Owners Kit Paschal and Anders Tallberg hope to open the restaurant this Fall. Roustabout will be open 7 days a week, 11 am to midnight.


Under Construction: Woodford F&B (updated)

A new restaurant called Woodford F&B(facebook, twitter, instagram) is now under construction at 660 Forest Ave. Owner Birch Shambaugh is planning an 85-seat restaurant with a full bar,

Woodford F&B will be a neighborhood restaurant and bar serving dependably delicious Food & Beverage. We’re inspired by classic neighborhood eateries where you can count on having a reasonable, simple meal or, when you feel like it, something a bit more special. Our goal is to make Woodford F&B the kind of welcoming, local spot you’ll want to visit regularly.

The draft menu submitted with the Woodford liquor license application includes items like Radicchio Salad, Fisherman’s Stew and Fried Chicken. Shambaugh hopes to open Woodford F&B this Fall.


660 Forest Ave has a claim to local restaurant fame as the location of the original Valle’s Steakhouse.