With the plethora of tastetastic culinary offerings scattered all over Portland and new restaurants popping up almost weekly, it should come to no surprise that we take our Friday lunch game pretty seriously here at Page One; and this week was no exception. Feeling adventurous and with the weekend itch upon us, we threw caution to the wind and ordered takeout from a brandy new joint right off of Congress known as Dutch’s.
From house made cheesy grits and melty PBJs to the massive red wine-braised beef, mashed potato and crispy onion string sandwich, there were tasty options for all. With rumbling bellies we quickly placed our order and within no time our comfort food goodness had arrived – an impressive feat considering the sheer size of our order and the infancy of the restaurant itself.
As boxes were opened, the Page One team’s usual chatter and laughter fell into silence while the conference room quickly filled with the aroma of fresh baked breads, pastries and other culinary novelties. As we began to dig in our standard banter ensued and the overall sentiment was a positive one. Most felt that the various sandwiches, soups, salads and pastries were attractive, flavorful and used super fresh ingredients; traits which are a must for any lunch spot hoping to compete in Portland’s competitive food scene. Others on the team cited their concerns about some overpowering flavors, such as the chicken salad sandwich, which tasted more like an “olive salad” sandwich. This concern was quickly neutralized by the epic acclaim for one particular standout, the “Big and Beefy”, which was as the name implied, big, beefy, and ‘quite possibly the best sandwich ever made’.
When all was said and done, everyone was left with only crumbs and the fond memory of another successful lunching. The team collectively agreed that for such a new restaurant, Dutch’s food presentation, use of fresh vegetables, house-baked bread and creative variations on traditional favorites should definitely put this husband and wife duo on the Portland map. Most of us were happy to give Dutch’s two thumbs up and look forward to ordering from their unique and delicious menu again.
Most-Favorited Dish: Big and Beefy
Honorable Mention: Crispy Chicken
100% of Page One employees would enthusiastically return to the Dutch’s.
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Address: 28 Preble Street, Portland, ME 04101
Breakfast Hours: Tuesday-Friday – 7:00am-11:00am
Saturday – 8:00am-11:00am
Lunch Hours: Tuesday-Saturday – 11:00am-3:00pm