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Blue Rooster goes high-end informal
Park it here
If you want to know what making a food truck into an actual restaurant will be like, check out the new Blue Rooster Food Company
| May 16, 2013
At Buck’s, naked is the way to be
Just the meat, please
At Buck's Naked BBQ the meat is cooked plain — without being infused or coated with in any particular sauce. This is meat we can relate to.
| May 09, 2013
Bohemia for business folk
Nietzsche thought that "however vigorously a man may seem to leap over from one thing into its opposite, closer observation will nonetheless discover the dovetailing where the new building grows out of the old." So it is at the North Point, a new Old Port restaurant and drinking spot run by a transplanted New York restaurateur and his brother.
| April 17, 2013
Kushiya Benkay finds lovely harmony
A beautiful blend
What is most pleasing about Kushiya Benkay, a sort of skewer-pub from the folks at Benkay Sushi, is the way it brings together several impulses without going too crazy about any particular one.
| April 10, 2013
Saco star: Luis’s phenomenal arepas
Delicious inside and out
You might want to hug Luis, or at least flirt with the guy, because he is creating first-rate arepas in his charming little shop.
| March 20, 2013
Entering the club at 91 South
In praise of privacy
There was a time when private clubs existed to meet a pressing need: maybe as a way to keep out parvenus, or to discreetly get into some gay stuff.
| March 13, 2013
Eventide’s superior oysters, and imaginative cuisine
Slurping with delight
When you take the helm of a great institution, it can create a paralyzing fear of screwing things up.
| January 16, 2013
Community, local flavors, and expert preparation
As we continue to withdraw from the institutions that once organized modern life, we fill the abandoned spaces with restaurants.
| November 28, 2012
The new Salvadoran spot on Congress is a must-taste
Flores blooms in fall
No restaurant in Portland captures the look of a good hole-in-the-wall better than Flores, a new Salvadoran spot next to Bodega Latina — right where Congress Street starts to curve and head downhill, so to speak.
| October 31, 2012
Review: Spread Restaurant
Spread ’em: A new restaurant celebrates smooth tastes
There is a certain sort of space that, for the very reason that it seems doomed, summons hopeful strivers who expect to redeem them.
| October 03, 2012
The newest best reason to go to Brunswick
The Tao of deliciousness
Early this year on this page I urged Mainers to stop complaining about our choices for Chinese food — to cease wishing for "a transcendent Chinese place that surprises and delights."
| September 26, 2012
Tandoor’s full menu is well worth the trip
Beyond the bread
As you may remember, we went to war with Iraq in the name of freedom.
| August 29, 2012
Legendary Maine Jamaican restaurant reopens
If, four years ago, you read in the Phoenix a story about Jamaican-born chef and artist Alva Lowe, you probably had one regret.
| August 08, 2012
Drinking and dining at portland’s newest hot spot
One of the clever decisions made by the proprietors of LFK, a new bar and eatery on Longfellow Square, was forgoing a literary name.
| August 01, 2012
Review: El Rayo Cantina
There are two traditional ways for folks from the US to encounter Mexico: get down and dirty, or really polish it up.
| June 13, 2012
A new crop of restaurants open in time for summer
Reap the delicious bounty
Just when you thought the Portland food scene couldn't get any better, a handful of new restaurants and bars are gearing up for the summer.
| June 21, 2012
Tasting excellence at Miyake
There is a theory about the extreme inequality found in American culture and economy that goes something like this: inequality is the price of a culture designed to identify and reward great talent.
| May 16, 2012
Review: Holy Donut
Holy potatoes! Yep, spuds are the not-so-secret ingredient in these doughnuts
All cuisines rely on the experience of regression for their deepest appeal.
| May 09, 2012
Review: Al Huda
A very warm welcome indeed
The long coastline of Somalia is at the root of its culture's many complexities.
| April 18, 2012
Exploring Frontier’s new menu
"Civilizing" the frontier was a long and complex process, with lasting effects on our culture.
| April 11, 2012
Letter to the Exiles + We the Gathered + Milk + Conveyer
The Angels' Share
@ Strand Theatre
To the Wonder
@ Railroad Square Cinema
LePage: Big company didn't ask about Maine taxes #mepolitics
| May 09, 2013 at 9:59 AM
LePage uses Obamacare to achieve his own political goal #mepolitics
May 08, 2013 at 10:12 AM
Portland, Maine tar sands resolution heads to full city council
May 02, 2013 at 4:15 PM
How Maine ranks on solar
April 19, 2013 at 9:02 AM
Now is the time to talk about liberty
April 18, 2013 at 12:04 PM
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