Restaurants & Bars

26
February
2012

David's Restaurant

Good things come and go.

DavidsRestaurantFrontDavid's Restaurant, in Monument Square (Portland, Maine), has historically been my "go-to" place for drinks and dinner.   I felt comfortable sitting at the bar, knew the people that worked there, and had a good meal most times I went there.   I think that might be over now, mostly for reasons that have little to do with food.

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15
December
2011

Figa's Identity Crisis?

Figa Restaurant (249 Congress Street, Portland, ME) remains a fantastic place for a delicious meal.  Interestingly, the restaurants Brazilian flare seems to have faded and is replaced by excellent French fare.

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10
October
2011

Zapoteca Restaurant

one tequila, two tequila, three tequila, more!

Admittedly, the first time we landed at Zapoteca (505 Fore Street, Portland, Maine) was after a few drinks at Gingko Blue.  Between a few rounds of beers, and a tequila flight, I was enchanted and loved every moment of it.  Last night we decided to revisit, and probably have a slightly more calibrated perception of Zapoteca.

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10
October
2011

Taco Escobarr (aka Taco Escobar)

the good, the bad, and the puffy

For all the hype leading up to the opening of Taco Escobarr (548 Congress Street, Portland, ME) the new restaurant under-deliver in taste, flavor, and ambiance.   As a fan of Nosh Kitchen Bar I walked away with one word describing my experience: bland. 

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15
August
2011

Pho Hanoi: Worth the Trip

Six minutes from downtown Portland, just over the Casco Bay Bridge, is a little gem called Pho Hanoi (171 Ocean Street, South Portland, Maine).  The restaurant serves a plethora of delicious noodle and rice dishes.  Fantastic for lunch, and equally great for dinner, Pho Hanoi is a frequent choice for me on any day of the week. 

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14
August
2011

Havana South: Cuban-American Fused.

Havana South (50 Wharf Street, Portland, Maine) name sounds Cuban, but is far from it.  Growing up in Miami, I ate my share of Cuban food; I assure you that Maine lobster was never on the table.  Havana South is an American restaurant fused with Latin flare.  The menu includes steak, gnocchi, and seafood that is more local than the name suggests.

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30
June
2011

Petite Jacqueline: Bon Apetit!

I've been going back to Petite Jacqueline (at 190 State St. Portland, ME where Evangeline's used to be) since a few weeks after it opened.   The restaurant has this surreal vibe where Paris meets Epcot Center: you know you're in Portland, but the ambiance and food take you on a quick journey.  I was told about Petite Jacqueline by a waitress at Five Fifty-Five, owned by the same people.

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26
March
2011

15 Exchange Street Bistro (15 Exchange Grille)

15ExchangeStreet1Located at the address as the name suggests, 15 Exchange Street Bistro is now in the space Walter's Restaurant moved out of.   Three weeks ago we landed there for dinner; it was a bad decision that my stomach will keep me from repeating.  The place was dreadful on all accounts: the drinks, the food, and the service.

 

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26
January
2011

Figa: No Reservations

Figa Restaurant (249 Congress Street, Portland, ME) beginnings were drama-filled and largely recorded in the blogosphere. Since it opened, Figa has had a favorable opinion from foodies and guests. I agree, Figa serves up an excellent dining experience.

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23
November
2010

Goodbye Evangeline

Evangeline1 Evangeline's (190 State St, Portland, ME) was a delightful French restaurant; no doubt many of us will miss it.  I noticed the "For Rent" signs just over a week ago, and learned that the doors have been closed sometime around November 15th.  My only regret is I never had a chance to order the pressed duck.

 

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21
October
2010

Nosh Kitchen Bar New Menu

nosh_-_insideNosh Kitchen Bar (located at 551 Congress Street, Portland, Maine) has a new menu and it looks great.  Whether the head chef has the good ideas, or the recent popularity from "Man vs. Food" is raising ambitions, or they listen to bloggers - the new menu looks fantastic.

 

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21
October
2010

Maine Restaurant Week FALL 2010

restaurantweekRestaurant Week 2010 (Maine Restaurant Week) is back, October 24-31!  I am ecstatic since there were so many places in the spring that I simply had no room for.   If that's not enough, March 1-12 will bring even more chances to sample great, and sometimes not so great, food.

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09
October
2010

Korea House: Needs a Third Chance

KoreaHouse_SignKorea House (630 Congress St, Portland, ME) was formerly known as Happy Teriyaki.  As of October 1, 2010, this "new" establishment is supposed to be more authentic Korean food.  I did not eat at Happy Teriyaki, and doubt I will be coming back to Korea House.  The food - in my experience - was greasy, bland, and unappetizing.

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04
October
2010

Little Seoul, Big Ambition.

LittleSeoulSignThis weekend I was on a quest for an Asian take-away; I caught a glimpse of Little Seoul (90 Exchange Street, Portland, Maine).  Little Seoul opened just two weeks ago and is bringing Sushi, Japanese and Korean dishes, and Tokyo/Seoul atmosphere to Portland.

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10
September
2010

Miyake: I'm Movin On

MiyakeSignMiyake is my greatest disappointment; a roller coaster on which I have taken my last ride.  After three years - among raving reviews and loyal client base - Miyake has settled on an average sushi experience supported by the fluff of its reputation.  An insult to regular customers amid expansion into their new/additional location at 188 State.

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