PORTLAND, MAINE
RESTAURANT REVIEWS

30
May

Buck’s Naked BBQ

Working in the Old Port there almost seems to no end to potential lunch destinations. Despite this, there are some favorites that are repeatedly suggested when the “Where do you want to go for lunch?” question is asked. Buck’s Naked BBQ on Wharf Street is one of the most common suggestions at Page One and for good reason. First, despite a couple defectors to the vegetarian way of life, the carnivorous leanings of Page One are the stuff of legends. Tales are still told of a pig roast and the copious amounts of meat consumed. Also, more importantly, Buck’s has always seemed to satisfy the minions of Page One – even those who are not meat-eaters.

Scott = happy Emmie = scared Noella = hungry

Scott = happy
Emmie = scared
Noella = hungry

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23
May

Elevation Burger

I was saddened when I heard of the closing of The Farmer’s Table, as their special BBQ pulled pork sandwich with bacon and pork belly topped with garlic jack cheese was truly something special, and their French onion soup was one of the best in town. I was equally skeptical of the announcement that another Elevation Burger location would be taking its place. The Old Port had already suffered the encroachment of other chain establishments in recent times such as Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts– did we really need another franchise?

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However, my doubt was tempered by the fact that among some of my friends, Elevation Burger is their favorite source for local hot, beefy goodness. And by that, I mean burgers. Based on their recommendations, and in the spirit of always being open to new things, I decided to give EB the benefit of the doubt.
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16
May

Duckfat

I’m a little shocked they are letting me write this, as I’ve gained a reputation around Page One as the resident garbage disposal. Yea, I like food. A lot of it. All of it. But though I pride myself as a connoisseur of cheeseburgers and don’t hide my disdain for the culinary snobbery of Portland, I know good food when I taste it. Even I can appreciate a pretentious menu if it showcases quality, creativity, flavor and value over the trendy gimmicks rife in this town.  I was psyched when we decided on Duckfat for our dine-in lunch this week–one look at the menu and I started drooling. But even with their legendary fries taken into consideration, the meal lacked many of the key criteria of an exemplary lunch.

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Let’s get one thing straight: the fries are famous in this town for a reason. Anyone who denies that they are the best fries they’ve ever tasted is lying. I mean they are cooked in duck fat. Absolutely superlative. The generous portion comes in a cute paper cone that keeps them hot and crisp, and as they are cooked in duck fat, they have a decadent flavor that sets them apart.

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09
May

The (In) Glorious, Wondrous, Magnificent Sandwich of Page One Friday Potluck

sand-wich: two pieces of bread with something (such as meat, peanut butter, etc.) between them.

The humble sandwich has found its way into the hearts and minds of foodies from all walks of life. The word sandwich derives its name and takes homage from the dignified, yet not so regal British statesman, the Earl of Sandwich. The Earl you see, was a practical, just man; immune to the temptations of gluttony and sin, though his Achilles heel could be found at the card table. As a hardened gambler, the Earl would spend hours placing bets and laying odds, often forgoing meals. During one particularly arduous round of play, in the year of 1725, the Earl requested some meat between two pieces of bread. His opponents at the table took note and preceded to order “the same as Sandwich”. And there the glorious yet often under-appreciated sandwich found its name and made its mark as the true meal of convenience and ease.

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02
May

Central Provisions

What can possibly be said about Portland’s hottest new dining destination that hasn’t already been said in the likes of the Press Herald and Eater Maine? That’s the challenge I find myself dealing with since being tasked with this week’s review of Central Provisions, the latest and greatest addition to the vibrant Portland dining scene. Lucky for me, I’ve got a fantastic batch of input from our P1WS crew to help me try to articulate exactly what it’s like having a Central Provisions experience – and I stress the term experience -as it’s a pretty mind-blowing one to say the least.

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I suppose my resume qualified me as the obvious choice to review this new hot-spot, being that I have made this place like my second home in town; normally stopping in at least once (usually twice) per week to enjoy one of the restaurants constantly changing tapas-style small plates paired with a cold draft of the area’s most critically acclaimed new microbrew: Bissell Brothers Substance Ale.  More about the drinks later, but first let’s discuss the hands-down MVP of the Central Provisions team – THE FOOD.
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