PORTLAND, MAINE
RESTAURANT REVIEWS

27
Jun

Potluck-Potluck and Page One Zombies

Another Friday, another lunch. This week it was potluck. Not just any old themed potluck. A true family style potluck. Remember when you were at family gatherings as a kid, there would be a crockpot of sweet and sour meatballs at one side of the table, a potato salad on the other, and perhaps a mysterious noodle casserole of some sort; a perfectly balanced smattering of store-bought and homemade. With a plethora of food in front of you, you couldn’t help but to indulge in way too much of everything. Our Page One cooks did not fail to disappoint our potluck-potluck expectations of filling our bellies and our hearts.

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An hour before we ate, I entered the hallway greeted by a haze of delicious smells: garlic, curry, and melting cheese (yes, interesting combo, but stick with me here!). I didn’t even know I was hungry until that moment. I bet the customers at the spa downstairs were ready to abandon their serenity for the greasiest, cheesiest pizza they could find on Commercial Street. Read More »

13
Jun

The Salt Exchange

Located behind a simple storefront directly across Commercial Street from the Page One office, the Salt Exchange offers one of Portland’s classiest lunches.  It was kind of rainy the day we went, and everyone found the decadent food and elegant cocktail selection, which centers around the establishment’s curated array of bourbons, to be just the thing for wiling away a couple hours out of the office.

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We began our meal with several shared orders of the restaurant’s homemade black pepper and truffle potato chips (or “chups” as the Page One marketing department likes to refer to them as), which came served with a rich and creamy bourbon-onion dip.  “Salt Exchange has the best homemade chips in town, hands down,” raves Robinson, and Noella agrees, reminiscing fondly about how they were “crispy but somehow chewy, flavor packed, salty, truffly.  Mmmmmm.”Read More »

06
Jun

Market Street Eats

In The Right Setting, Nothing Beats Market Street Eats

Market Street Eats has been an Old Port staple for at least the past 10 years. I remember first discovering it after having moved here way back in 2004. Back then, I liked it because the price was right, and the food wasn’t half bad.  So when I heard we were ordering from MSE at Page One, I was happy.  Although I hadn’t been there in years, they say you never forget a good sandwich, or in this case, wrap.

Digging in.

Digging in.

Because this was a take out order, none of us had the luxury of being to consult with the friendly staff about our choices. Personally, I had forgotten what I liked about MSE, because when it came time to order our food I was like a deer in headlights. I opted for the Topanga, mostly for nostalgias sake. Read More »