You would think after the obscene amount of Boone’s Farm wine and malt beverages I have consumed, that I would have also tried out its namesake, Boone’s Fish House & Oyster Room. You would think incorrectly, but not anymore! Our latest Friday Lunch excursion was my first experience to this Old Port fixture, and it
For many of us, Friday’s lunch trip to the East Ender restaurant on Middle Street was a return to the establishment, as we had previously dined there as a group back in August of 2014. Seated upstairs, our first thought was just how dark the room was this time around– there’s mood lighting, and then there’s romantic lighting, and then there’s “possibly eating lunch in a cave” lighting. Our experience was the latter.
Long-time readers of this blog might remember my less-than-enthusiastic review last year of Elevation Burger’s then-new location on Commercial St. in the Old Port. If it had been up to me, I probably would have never gone back; however, it seems that the Fates had other plans for me.
The disturbances started last summer. Pat would stagger into the office in a daze, a man possessed, muttering things about a burger of legend. Strange things whispered in a choked tone of quiet reverence that made no sense. An impossible culinary combination of land and sea, meats of claw and hoof sitting side by side within a single bun. The sandwich of kings, the lunch by which empires rose and fell. Read More »
Take out places that specialize in fried seafood and are situated in tiny buildings are a hallmark of coastal living in Maine. Typically they have “shack” in the name and are situated in a Nor’easter danger zone.
The Fishermen’s Grill is a tiny building nestled behind the fishmarket, Fishermen’s Net on Forest Avenue, famous for its specials painted on plywood and strapped to a hearse parked across the street in front of Baxter Woods.Read More »
There is nowhere better to eat in New England than Portland, Maine. Our fair city has steadily been gaining a well-deserved reputation, and with good reason. Nowhere in the region will you find a more concentrated group of highly talented chefs creating damn good food with kick-ass ingredients. Sorry, Boston, this is one area you can’t touch. Want to know why? One word: accessibility. You can go almost anywhere and feel good about being yourself. The places with a dress code aren’t worth going to. We keep it real, just like Walter’s.
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.
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 »