Monday, March 29

What's missing in Portland

In case you missed what's missing in Portland (and even if you didn't, the Portland Daily Sun didn't exactly highlight these choice bits):
1) Josh Peck and Sue Taylor, Sous Chef Training, Bar Lola: "We could also use a good raw bar that showcases the 15 to 20 types of oysters that you can get here in Maine."

2) Pete Sueltenfuss, line cook at Fore Street: "Late-night dining. This town rolls up its sidewalks at 11."

3) Nicholas Nappi, Chef de Cuisine at Local 188: "Chinese food that hasn't been Americanized. We joke that Portland ought to put a moratorium on Thai restaurants until we got one good dim sum place."

4) Declan McGough, Sous Chef at The Blue Spoon: "My dad works on the waterfront and I know how much seafood comes across so I'm surprised that there aren't more exclusively seafood restaurants, like cevicherias."

5) Karl Okerholm, kitchen manager at El Rayo Taqueria: "We need more affordable places and fewer high-end restaurants."

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Blogger lizzie lou said...

number five: yes, yes yes.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally, more late-night dining! How is it that we can't get a bit to eat at midnight!? And I'm not talkin' Denny's...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

there arent 20 varieties of oysters in Maine

Anonymous Margo said...

According to an email from Rowan Jacobson, who wrote the Geography of Oysters:
There are at least a couple of dozen oyster farmers in Maine, each with a different location and thus a different flavored oyster. Many, however, are close together (geographically and, thus, flavor-wise). Almost all are quite good.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are two species of oyster.

Blogger Mister Meatball said...

Apologies to Micucci's, sincerely, but a real Italian salumeria would be a life changer.

Anonymous Signor Miccuci said...

Wassa matta you? Why-a you no like-a my store-a?

Anonymous grew up in NJ said...

i'm with the chinese food question. cathay gardens, on congress st across from the baxter library, served better chinese food here in 1975 than I can get now. of course, the late lamented Hu Shang I, II, and II were pretty great before Ken and Henry Ng went elsewhere at the government's request. for me, it is the biggest reason why someone from the NYC area will never be 100% happy in Portland.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Masa Miyake is going to open a Ramen Bar in the spot where Local 188 used to be!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The owners of the Bubble Tea cafe on Commercial Street are opening a noodle bar next to The Works on Temple Street.

Blogger mattdodge said...

late(er) night coffee place. i think MIP is the latest, staying open till 9, but that fails to account for those of us who keep slightly lazier schedules.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think whats missing in Portland are restaurants that can live up to the integrity of their menus. Ive had 20 dollar watery risotto, featuring 5 little pieces of homemade sausage and 6 tiny pieces of broccoli. Ive had burnt pizza sent to my table, that I had to send back. I went to a Mexican place and spent four dollars on chips and salsa (!) and the salsa was definitely starting to ferment. Are easy cheese and queso the same thing? Ive consumed Sub par artisan coffee everywhere i go. The list goes on. Maybe I'm eating at the wrong places but i didn't think i had to eat at Fore St. to enjoy the fruits of the "foodiest small town in America."


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