The Press Herald has published an article on the challenges Bayside restaurants face as the number of people seeking help at Preble Street has increased.
“It definitely is a challenge for us every day,” Stratton said. “I don’t want to say anything negative about the (Preble Street) resource center. I think the resource center is a great thing for the city. I do appreciate what they do, but as far as a business-friendly neighborhood? We are not located in one.”
Here’s the latest in mobile food news:
Three new or returning seafood restaurants have recently opened:
- Fishermen’s Grill (website) has reopened at their new location, 650 Main St, Westbrook. They plan to eventually add Italian options to their usual menu during dinner service and will be opening a small bar in late July.
- Miller Brothers Seafood (facebook) has opened in the former Fishermen’s Grill space, 849 Forest Ave. I’ve heard they make some excellent onion rings.
- Linda Kate (facebook) has opened at 1035 Ocean Ave near the border of Portland and Falmouth. Chef Sam Bergeron is serving a menu of lobster bisque, clam chowder, two types of lobster rolls, crab lettuce wraps and lobster tacos.
Today’s Press Herald reports on the growing number of restaurants that have opened or are in development along Forest Ave.
But there’s also a new hunger in off-peninsula neighborhoods for quality food served at family-friendly restaurants that are within walking distance – especially as these neighborhoods transition to homeowners of a younger generation. Millennials love to dine out, and expect more from the restaurants they frequent than their parents may have.
Wednesday – Noble Barbecue is scheduled to open at 11:30 am, there will be a wine tasting at Browne Trading, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.
Friday – Petite Jacqueline is holding their annual Bastille Day Dinner, and there will be a wine tasting at Rosemont on Congress.f
Saturday – the Pils & Love beer festival is taking place, the Fork Food Lab is holding a market, and the Deering Oaks 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.
The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Baharat,
Today, vegetable, grain and dairy dishes dominate – from creative fried cauliflower specials (one sweet and refreshing, the other deeply savory); to a sweet and herbal stewed tomato on rich housemade labneh; to crisp, fragrant falafel balls and excellent hummus. It’s a step in the right direction, one that highlights Norris’s skills, while also creating a backdrop for bar manager Arvid Brown’s creative cocktail menu. If you want to see just how far Baharat has come since it got its start serving food in parking lots like the one across the street, grab a seat at the shiny zinc bar, sip a frothy, neon yellow Curcuma sour and work your way through the large-format All In platter – a mosaic of mostly vegetarian dishes for two or four people. And no matter what else you order, don’t skip the housemade pickles.
The Bollard has reviewed The 5 Spot and Mami.
The breakfast sandwiches are served on a soft, fresh hoagie roll, and include a fried egg and choice of cheese and meat. Foregoing the familiar bacon, ham or sausage, I opted for the Pennsylvania Dutch specialty known as scrapple. Described by Keith as “kind of like polenta with pork scraps,” this flavorful, slightly salty, low-brow delicacy was sliced thin and fried to a crisp on the griddle. It was, in a word, amazing.
A new food cart called Strictly Cold Brew (instagram, facebook) launched on July 2nd. As the name suggests, they cold brew coffee and are using beans from Swift River Coffee in Raymond.
You should be able to find them on Commercial Street this weekend.
Here are a few pictures from Thursday’s friends and family preview at Cong Tu Bot (facebook, tumblr, instagram, twitter). Owners of the new Vietnamese restaurant on Inner Washington Ave are planning to open to the public late next week.
Conde Nast Traveler has published an article entitled How Portland, Maine Keeps Getting Cooler.
In the last few years, as the city’s various industrial no man’s lands have given way to breweries, speakeasies, concert venues, and upscale boutiques, Portland, Maine has become New England at its prime: innovation without the altered skyline, urban culture without the traffic jams, seaside charm with all the lobster and only some of the knick-knacks. Best part is: You can do it all on foot.