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Pie for Breakfast at Two Fat Cats in Portland, ME

Sweets Liz Bomze 6 comments

I thought pie for breakfast might be only a midwest treat until I noticed a small sign at Two Fat Cats in Portland, Maine. Minutes later, I was parked at the teeny tiny bistro table they have crammed between the staircase and a speed rack, digging into a slice of sour cherry. More

Pai Men Miyake's Chirashi, a One-Bowl Meal for Sashimi Lovers in Portland, ME

Hub Grub Liz Bomze 3 comments

Though "chirashi" literally translates to "scattered," I always think of classic chirashi as the composed salad of sushi preparations: a bed of vinegared rice overlaid with fanned out fish fillets and tidy bunches of vegetables set just so. The chirashi at Pai Men Miyake is particularly nice and well portioned for the price. More

Lobster Longevity Noodles at Empire Chinese Kitchen in Portland, ME

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Portland's original and newly revamped Chinese kitchen serves familiar Cantonese and dim sum dishes done up Maine-style. More

Considering the Lobsterman: Welcome to Lobstering School, and How to Use Maine Lobsters

Helana Brigman 4 comments

The second in our series exploring the the Maine lobstering industry, from the firsthand account of an author who spent her summer aboard a lobster boat in Port Clyde. What she learned about the lobstering and lobstermen may change the way you look at the crustacean forever. Today: learning about the physical realities of life on the boat, and five essentials tips for using Maine lobsters. More

Considering the Lobsterman: How Maine Lobstering Works

Helana Brigman 8 comments

Part one of our two-part series exploring the the Maine lobstering industry, from the firsthand account of an author who spent her summer aboard a lobster boat in Port Clyde. What she learned about the lobstering and lobstermen may change the way you look at the crustacean forever. More

Small Axe Truck Is Making One of the Best Burgers in Portland, ME

A Hamburger Today Liz Bomze 7 comments

A few weeks ago, the Small Axe Truck debuted its burger, the Smokestack Lightning, and proclaimed it the best burger around. Ordinarily, I'd say that's a bold statement to make, but in this case it might well be true. More

The Food Lab: How To Buy A Lobster

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 30 comments

Planning for a summer of lobster rolls, grilled lobster, lobster salad, full-on clam bakes (which should really be called "lobster buries"), or the simple steamed lobster with drawn butter? Here's everything you need to know before heading to the fishmonger. More

Kittery, ME: Must-Haves at The Black Birch

Hub Grub Liz Bomze 4 comments

When I went to Black Birch for the first time last week, I didn't know how I'd missed it for so long. It's what every neighborhood restaurant should be: low-key, cheery, and reasonably priced with food that's well-executed and imaginative but not flashy; a great beer list; and fun cocktails. More

A Sandwich a Day: Corned Beef Tongue Reuben Panino at Duckfat in Portland, Maine

A Sandwich a Day Jay Friedman 2 comments

Duckfat in Portland is a small sandwich shop with some incredible panini options, making it tough for someone flying solo for lunch. Given the restaurant's name, duck confit with napa cabbage slaw, cilantro, and spicy mayo tempted me, but ultimately I went for the Corned Beef Tongue Reuben Panino with marinated cabbage, Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing. And no stop at Duckfat is complete without an order of the duckfat-fried fries. More

Portland, ME: The Healthier Side of Duckfat

Hub Grub Liz Bomze 2 comments

Duck fat-fried fries and doughnut holes. Duck confit. Poutine with duck gravy and, if you want, a fried duck egg. Suffice it to say, Duckfat in Portland, Maine, has become a destination for all things anti-diet. That's not to say fried food is all the Old Port cafe offers, but it's what they take most seriously and what they've always done best. Lately, however, the menu's grown, attracting patrons looking for both guilty and (relatively) guiltless pleasures alike. I went in for the latter. More

Rockland, ME: Suzuki's Sushi Bar's Unbeatable Omakase

Hub Grub Liz Bomze 3 comments

I wasn't expecting much for $32, even if these were mid-coast Maine prices, and even though I'd heard rave reviews about Suzuki. But I could get a spicy salmon roll anywhere, so I figured I'd give the omakase at this cute Rockland sushi joint the benefit of the doubt. More

Camden, ME: Incredible Thai Food at Long Grain

Hub Grub Liz Bomze 1 comment

Finding a Thai restaurant that serves rice noodles is about as hard as finding a Thai restaurant—period. But finding a Thai restaurant that makes its own fresh rice noodles is another matter. And finding that restaurant on the mid-coast of Maine? Let's just say I planned my entire weekend around eating there. More

Housemade Bagel Bites and Lox at Eventide in Portland, Maine

Hub Grub Liz Bomze 1 comment

Frankly, the idea of making bagels from scratch just to tear up and fry sounded as ironic as making brioche specifically to make bread pudding. (Isn't that what leftovers are for?) But once I started eating the bagel's crisp, seed-covered crust and soft-yet-chewy interior, I was ready for an I-told-ya-so. More

Waterville, ME: Pad Thai Too's Legendary Dumplings

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Pad Thai Too fed me more than any other Waterville kitchen during college—maybe even more than the dining hall. Everybody had their go-to dish, be it the drunken noodles, the excellent curries, or the namesake (and really well-executed) pad Thai, but the order that appeared on almost every table was the fried dumplings. More

Portland, ME: A Tail of Two Lobster Rolls at Eventide Oyster Co.

A Sandwich a Day Liz Bomze 5 comments

A few weeks ago, I overheard a colleague raving about the lobster rolls at Portland's gleaming new raw bar, Eventide Oyster Co. "They're so good," she said, "my husband usually gets two." More

Coffee in Portland, Maine: Bard Coffee

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The other Portland has some pretty good coffee roasters coming up, too. On a recent trip to Maine, we enjoyed a sonnet-worthy cup at Bard Coffee, a small indie that's caffeinating the city's Old Port one handcrafted cup at a time. More

College Tours: Where to Eat Near Colby College

Liz Bomze 7 comments

Don't be discouraged by the restaurant sign at Exit 127: There's more to Waterville, Maine than Applebee's, McDonald's, and Pizza Hut. Like raspberry pie and hot mulled cider, lobster rolls as big as Philly cheesesteaks, the best apricot jam in New England, tire-sized pumpkin pancakes, and Thai curry to rival any at big-city restaurants. More

Portland, ME: Fore Street's Tomato Tart

Hub Grub Liz Bomze Post a comment

This is it: tomato prime time, and I can't help but indulge. Every year I splurge on Sun Golds, snack on open-faced tomato sandwiches slathered with mayonnaise, confit pounds of plum tomatoes—and drip the sweet, ruby-tinted oil over just about everything. And I always make a reservation at Fore Street, because their tomato tart, a long-running seasonal special, is one of my all-time favorite tomato dishes. More

Bar Harbor, ME: Blaze's Wood-Fired Pizza Is More of a Slow Burn

Slice Casey Barber 4 comments

Blaze, the newest wood-fired pizza restaurant in Bar Harbor, brings high quality toppings to a somewhat lackluster crust. Here's hoping they fire things up for next season. More

Fast-Food Lobster Rolls: Can They Be Any Good?

Malcolm Bedell 27 comments

National and local chains roll out their versions of the lobster roll. It's a bold choice; lobster meat needs to be served reasonably soon after it's been cooked, and it is subject to some cost fluctuations over the course of the season. So which big chains are serving up mass-market lobster rolls? Are they anywhere close to those served at our favorite roadside Maine seafood shacks? Turns out, one is. More

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