// Location539 Deering Ave.
Portland, ME 04101
// Hours 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
// Price Range$$$
// Cuisine Type American, Vegetarian/Vegan,
// Features Great Cocktails, Wheelchair accessible,
// AT A GLANCE
Charming little Abilene is the brainchild of chefs and co-owners Travis Colgan and Anna Connolly. Together, the two have assembled a menu of casual, New American dishes with an emphasis on house-made components. Start off with a shrub cocktail, such as the strawberry basil rum shrub, made with their own homemade fruit vinegar. Next, try the surprisingly decadent crispy kale and the tender sweet potato and asparagus tacos with a luxurious cilantro cream. Skip the dry risotto and head right for any dish that comes with Colgan’s specialty: homemade pasta. The rich, sweet and saucy chicken marsala, served over tagliatelle is an excellent example. As you wrap up your meal in the quiet, homey dining room, don’t be tempted to leave before tasting the strawberry chocolate truffle cake. And if you feel like a nightcap, Abilene has its own homemade limoncello to put you over the edge…or straight into bed. 3 Stars, June 12, 2016.