Page One is a company full of adventurous souls with adventurous palettes, but it can’t be denied that some days there’s nothing quite like ordering in a heap-load of food to enjoy around the conference table in the comfort of your own office. And so we found ourselves placing a takeout order from Nosh Kitchen Bar (or just Nosh, as the colloquially hip call it) located on Congress Street in the heart of Portland. Nosh describes their menu as a twist on the “traditional culinary techniques of a New York style deli”, and in that respect they certainly deliver.
Options range from hoagies and shawarma to good ol’ burgers and fries. But with Nosh, the offerings are never as simple as they seem. The Casoulette Hoagie, for example, piles on hefty portions of duck and sausage, with a healthy mixing of white beans, stewed tomatoes, and more. The quality of ingredients used and the overall sense of rich flavor and guttural satisfaction you get from eating a dish like this is undeniable, as proven by Max’s many praises of the sandwich he called “probably one of the best” he’s ever had. And certainly many other superlatives were thrown out in between mouthfuls throughout the meal. One offering that quickly became the talk of the table during lunch was the Slab Burger. In short, it’s a burger served between two hefty slices of pizza in place of buns. While that may sound like something from a glutton’s daydream, alongside the KFC Double Down, say, or maybe deep fried Oreos, the Slab Burger managed to elevate itself out of the grease-filled gutters and into my heart (and probably my arteries too). Like much great art it is a collaborative effort, combining the fluffy and flavorful pizza of Portland’s number one restaurant for Sicilian street food, Slab, with Nosh’s own beef patty, cherry pepper sauce, and basil pesto. In short, it’s heaven, though I wouldn’t recommend eating it all in one go (I don’t know how I stayed awake at my desk for the rest of the day after plowing down the whole thing, and will definitely portion more appropriately in the future).
Of course Nosh has a whole menu full of delicious foods to pick from. Other favorites included the deliciously fresh and crunchy Toasted Caprese Sandwich and the sweet, perfectly spiced Tacos Americanos with chipoltle braised pork shoulder. The bacon dusted and the salt and vinegar french fries were also a big hit and offer something a little different in Portland’s burgeoning fry scene, and while the Kim Chi Tuna fell a little flat of expectations the overall consensus at Page One was that it’s hard to go wrong when it comes to Nosh. We ended our Friday lunch with the buzz of good food, good conversation, and very full stomachs. And what more could you ask for than that?
Most-Favorited Dish: The Slab Burger
Honorable Mention: Caprese Sandwich
100% of Page One employees would enthusiastically return to the Nosh.
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Address: 551 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
Hours: Monday-Saturday – 11:30am-1:00am
Sunday – 4:00pm-1:00am