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  • Voila! A French cafe and patisserie coming to the Old Port

    In a bold move, Portland restaurant veterans Michelle and Steve Corry are entering the casual dining world with an upscale French-inspired cafe and patisserie in the Old Port. Read on

  • Snacktime: New hangout for SoPo, ‘cash only lounge’ in the works, Plow-WOW returns, and more

    In this week's food and drink news, Plow-WOW has a new home for snow day partying, Mama's Crowbar hosts its final Allagash Ugly Sweater Party and Lincolns (where all food is served with Fritos!) is coming to Market Street. Read on

  • It’s official: Dana Street, Sam Hayward and their partners opening a restaurant on Portland’s waterfront

    No two Portland restaurateurs are more dynamic and far reaching than Dana Street and chef Sam Hayward who both helped put Portland on the nation's foodie map. And now they're doing it again. This time on the city's valuable waterfront. Read on

  • The Bearded Lady’s Jewel Box offers ‘purposeful,’ unmatched atmosphere, cocktails and service

    Portland bartender Nathaniel Meiklejohn, aka The Bearded Lady, has used his alter-ego as the inspiration for his three-month-old cocktail bar in Portland's Arts District. Read on

  • Holiday dining guide: Maine restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

    From haute cuisine to burgers and egg rolls, there's a Maine restaurant to feed whatever you're hungry for on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Read on

  • The best biscuits: The secret ingredient is soft wheat flour

    The art of biscuit making ultimately relies on the type of flour used. Try southern soft-wheat flour and see the difference. Read on

  • Topsham’s Fairground Cafe gives a diner an appetizer lesson

    The cozy restaurant has fans, but our reviewer isn't one of them after a sampler plate. Read on

  • Drink in the cold: 6 Ice Bars in 2015 for cocktails and revelry in a frigid Maine winter

    Think bars made of ice, martini luges and beers cupped in mittened hands. Plus complimentary grub. And if things get too chilly outside - and you're not in the mood to fight a stranger for space closer to the outdoor heater - you can head inside to warm up and hang out. Read on

  • Maine porters & stouts to drink by the fireplace or enjoy après ski this winter

    When the cold sets in, my palate yearns for porters and stouts that have hints of chocolates, coffees, roasted grains, nuts and raisins. Read on

  • Food in the ‘hood: Greater Portland’s neighborhood food shops

    They are the old-fashioned neighborhood food shops that keep Portland livable in a good way--the cornerstones of Greater Portland's environs on both sides of the bridge. Look at these four shops and see why. Read on

  • Friday Happy Hour: Henry’s Holiday Sparkler

    Henry Jost, bar manager at Portland's Timber Steakhouse, shows us how to make a festive cocktail featuring pomegranate seeds, lime, ginger and bourbon. Read on

  • In Portland’s world of fancy burgers and bars, the legendary Ruski’s has held its own since 1892

    As the quintessential watering hole Ruski's Tavern still draws a neighborhood crowd for its burgers, solid drinks and beers amidst Portland's other world of dazzling craft bars and gastro-pubs. Read on

  • Dining Guide: 5 Portland-area restaurants for a good bowl of pasta

    Sometimes, a hearty bowl of spaghetti bolognese or linguine carbonara is what we crave, especially on a cold and dark Maine winter's night. Find Italian-style comfort at one of the restaurants in this diverse group. Read on

  • Holiday cookies: Fudgy brownies and chocolate chippers are classics

    Consider giving the fudgiest homemade brownies and buttery chocolate chip cookies as gifts put into attractive tins and boxes or as presents to bring to holiday parties. Read on

  • Eat, drink and be merry: 10 delicious events to flavor the holidays in Maine

    Making merry with food and drink gets everyone in the holiday spirit, especially if there are spirits of the liquid variety involved. Here is your guide to delicious holiday festivities in Maine. Read on

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