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
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 »
Finally, spring has arrived. After one of the most mentally arduous winters in recent memory, embracing every opportunity for sunshine and warmth as soon as possible is critical. What restaurant with outdoor seating for 15 is available before May 1 in Maine? Boone’s! Ok fantastic let’s go to Boone’s.
Post-meal group photo (of those who hadn’t already wandered off)
The jaunt down Commercial Street toward Custom House Wharf was sunny and pleasant. I thought back on my last visit to Boone’s – when it was still simply Boone’s with gingham table cloths – my grandfather was with me reminiscing how it was the first restaurant he had been to in Portland back in 1968. Now it is Boone’s Fish House & Oyster Room, the newest in Harding Lee Smith’s string of “Rooms”. Some of us came into the experience knowing of the owner and having personal opinions about how he operates, and others did not. Generally it was not discussed, however, and I think minds were fairly open regarding our impending dining experience. Read More »