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Restaurant & Bar Guide


Baharat information

// Location91 Anderson St., Portland
Portland, ME 04102

// Hours 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday to Saturday

// Contact207-613-9849

// Price Range$$

// Cuisine Type Middle Eastern,

// Features Great Cocktails,

// Reviews

⇢ It's not hard to eat your vegetables at Baharat

Portland’s Baharat is the brick-and-mortar outpost of Clay Norris and Jenna Friedman’s popular local CN Shawarma food truck. In some ways, it remains true to its roots, serving long-marinated chicken kebabs and lamb kofta skewers, along with their crisp and garlicky house fries, “a truck staple from back when we only had three sandwiches and potatoes,” according to chef Norris. But since putting down roots, things have evolved. Meats are no longer the focal point, nor even the strongest items on the menu. Today, vegetable, grain and dairy dishes dominate – from creative fried cauliflower specials (one sweet and refreshing, the other deeply savory); to a sweet and herbal stewed tomato on rich housemade labneh; to crisp, fragrant falafel balls and excellent hummus. It’s a step in the right direction, one that highlights Norris’s skills, while also creating a backdrop for bar manager Arvid Brown’s creative cocktail menu. If you want to see just how far Baharat has come since it got its start serving food in parking lots like the one across the street, grab a seat at the shiny zinc bar, sip a frothy, neon yellow Curcuma sour and work your way through the large-format All In platter – a mosaic of mostly vegetarian dishes for two or four people. And no matter what else you order, don’t skip the housemade pickles