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.
Looking through the windows I often see an inverted age bell-curve with most either being young adults or seniors. The kitchen and dining room are well staffed, and everyone is exceptionally friendly. Eve though I've witnessed many dates and celebrations, the atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable.
There is really very little I have to say about Petite Jacqueline, largely because it is well covered in the press and blogs, but mostly due to that their food is absolutely fantastic and deserves a try. My favorites thus far are the gnocchi and beef bourguignon. The latter has been especially wonderful in this chilly spring we had.