Ghee & Cinnamon Girl

The Portland food truck fleet continues to expand:

The Cinnamon Girl (website, facebook, instagram, twitter) food truck launched in mid-October. Owner Melissa Cott serves cinnamon buns and sticky pecan buns. As Cott explains on the Cinnamon Girl website,  her “mission is to provide recognition of and financial support to local Maine non-profit companies and organizations”.

Radhika Shah Patel and Sam Patel launched their fusion Indian street food pop-up Ghee (instagram) earlier this month. They’re regularly in operation at Apres in East Bayside on Fridays and Saturdays. The Patels are now working on a food truck which they hope to launch this spring.

Maker’s Galley Opens on Saturday

The Maker’s Galley (website, facebook, instagram) is set to open this Saturday at 5 Commercial Street. The Maker’s Galley is billed as a “tasting lounge, café, and marketplace” that is an “experiential space showcasing products by Maine makers, artisans, and farmers.”

The Maker’s Galley is a multi-functional venue which includes a café, gift shop, full-service chefs’ kitchen, tasting tables, and casual seating. Open Tuesday through Sunday, the café offers Maine specialty coffees, as well as pastries and homemade bagels made by executive chef, Arianna Stefanilo. A curated collection of Maine-made food products including local cheeses, meats, and pantry products will also be available. The gift shop will feature unique products created by Maine makers and artisans.

Stefanilo was previously the executive chef at Blyth & Burrows and Novare Res, and a pastry chef at Becky’s Diner. The opening menu for Maker’s Galley includes a chacuterie board, whipped feta with tomato jam, mushrooms sautéed with sherry and garlic, and lobster lettuce wraps.

The Maker’s Galley plans to launch an event series in January that will include monthly guest chef experiences, wine dinners, cooking classes and Meet the Makers and Meet the Author events. Starting Saturday its hours will be 9 – 6 on Tuesday, 9 – 8 on Wednesday through Saturday, and 10 – 5 on Sunday.

Daybreak Growers Alliance

Daybreak Growers Alliance (website, instagram) and CarHop (website, instagram) are teaming up to deliver produce, meats  and other products from 60+ Maine farmers and food producers to homes in the Greater Portland area.

Daybreak represents a group of Maine farms and independently owned food producers working together to bring you the best of Maine’s harvest. A Maine and women-owned and managed company, Daybreak distributes 300+ local and organic products from 60+ Maine farmers and food producers year round to Maine families through their Farm Box program and wholesale to Maine restaurants and retailers.

The new service will launch just in time for Thanksgiving—see the list in the article above for how to order farm and butcher boxes for your Thanksgiving meal through CarHop.

Brunch Truck 207

A new food truck called Brunch Truck 207 (instagram) recently launched in South Portland. The truck is located at 121 Sawyer Street in Ferry Village in the parking lot of Evelyn’s Tavern.

Brunch Truck 207 promises “breakfast and lunch favorites without gettin’ too fancy” with a menu that includes breakfast sandwiches, omelletes, breakfast burgers, steak bombs, burgers and hot dogs.

Butcher Burger Now Open

A new restaurant called Butcher Burger (instagram) has opened at 7 Union Street in the space formerly occupied by the Royale Lunch Bar. You can see from the menu below (click to enlarge) that they serve a wide assortment of burgers, plus sandwiches, lobster rolls, salads and fries by the pound or half pound.

Butcher Burger plans to be open Monday 11:30 – 9, Tuesday through Thursday 4 – 9, Friday and Saturday 11:30 – 10 and Sunday 11:30 – 9. This is  the third Butcher Burger location. Owner Kevin McAllister operates a location in Bethel and the original Butcher Burger in Old Orchard Beach.

New Taco Trio in South Portland

Taco Trio (website, facebook, instagram) quietly opened their new South Portland location yesterday. The new 90-seat Taco Trio is located at 60 Ocean Street just a few blocks away from the original location at the Knightville rotary.

The restaurant initially will serve the same menu (tacos, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, sopes, tamales, etc) and will expand over time. They also hope to eventually hold food events to showcase the food and drink culture of Mexico.

New to this location will be a 15-seat bar and cocktail program. The bar will showcase agave-based spirits. The house cocktail list includes items like Sunset in Mexico (Azteca Azul Reposado tequila with butterfly peaflower and lemonade, and the Matador Norteña (Pizcadores Sotol, pineapple and lemon juice with agave and habenero). Flights of agave spirits are also available.

Taco Trio expects to open today at 4 pm. Their regular hours will be Tuesday through Saturday 11 am to 9 pm. The owners also have a second Taco Trio location under construction in Saco—stay tuned for more info on when that location will open.


The Portland Board Launching Thursday

The Portland Board (websitefacebookinstagram) is planning to launch this Thursday. Portland’s newest food truck—a 1979 Volkswagon bus—will be located in the parking lot at Root Wild Kombucha weekly Thursday through Sunday, noon to 7 or 8 pm.

Owner Graham Young will be serving a opening week menu with three options: a traditional board, a spicy version and a vegan board.

The boards include a mix of charcuterie meats and cheeses along with bread, crackers, savory spreads, jams, pickled veggies, dried fruit and nuts, fresh fruit, fresh veggies. The vegan board include items like cashew ricotta, mushroom pate, cashew hard cheese and beet hummus in place of the meats and cheeses.

Norimoto Open on Stevens Ave

Atsuko Fujimoto opened the new location for Norimoto Bakery (website, instagram) this past Saturday. The bakery is located 469 Stevens Ave in Deering Center.

For the time being she’s keeping to a schedule of taking online pre-orders on Friday for pick-up on Saturdays with some extra baked goods for walk-in sales. As soon as some additional construction is completed Fujimoto anticipates being open Thursday through Saturday for walk-in sales.