“New Era in Dining Out”

The Portland Phoenix has reviewed Steve and Renee’s Diner.

“By staking the nation’s wealth on speculative loans and the housing bubble, rather than stable jobs with respectable salaries, we may have ushered in a new era in dining out . . . It won’t be so bad. A visit to Steve and Renee’s diner for the Saturday night all-you-can-eat turkey dinner (for $8.50!) is enough to convince you that things will be all right while we wait this one out.”

Old Port Sandwich Shop

The Old Port Sandwich Shop, received 3½ stars from this week’s Eat & Run review in the Portland Press Herald.

“I sampled one of the cold specialty sandwiches called ‘Almost Thanksgiving,’ which includes turkey, cranberry sauce, lettuce, tomato and mayo for $6.69 . . . The turkey was piled high, the bread was fresh and soft, and overall it was a very nice sandwich.”

Where the Jetsons Eat

Portland Magazine has published their review of The Grill Room online.

“Set in the heart of the Old Port, the hot spot (a perfect coupling with a show at nearby Nickelodeon Cinema or Merrill Auditorium) features wood-grilled meats and fish–think F. Parker Reidy’s for the 21st century. “

October Portland Magazine

The October issue of Portland Magazine is now on newsstands. It has articles on the use of periwinkles by Maine chefs and on the popularity of Maine blueberries, as well as a review of The Grill Room. The review isn’t available yet online; I’ll link to it as soon as it is.

Hot Suppa! Profile

KeepMECurrent.com‘s quarterly print publication Food, etc is now out. It includes an interview with the owner’s of Hot Suppa!. You can find a copy of the publication in the free newspaper racks at Hannaford.

This Week's Events

There will be a Tuscan wine dinner at Bar Lola on Tuesday. The next Piatto per Tutti cooking class is on Monday; the classses are taught by baker Stephen Lanzalotta. There are wine tastings at West End Grocery on Friday and at Leroux Kitchen on Saturday. Farmers’ Markets are taking place in Monument Square on Wednesday and at Deering Oaks Park on Saturday. Friday through Sunday Novare Res is holding an Oktoberfest. For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.