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Restaurant & Bar Guide

Nosh Kitchen Bar

Nosh Kitchen Bar information

// Location551 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

// Hours11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday to Saturday; 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday

// Contact(207) 553-2227

// Price Range$$

// Cuisine Type American, Comfort Food,

// Features Late Night,

// Reviews

⇢ Bar Guide: Nosh's Happy Hour offers more than drinks

Mack N' Stack, which consists of two fried mac 'n cheese patties as the buns, American cheese, smoked BBQ sauce, smoked bacon and a grass-fed, all-natural Nosh beef patty. Side of sea salt and vinegar fries made from Norwiss potatoes grown in Maine. Photo by Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

Nosh Kitchen Bar in Portland is a restaurant of extremes: the noise, the helter-skelter atmosphere and the insanely large, outlandish hamburgers. What started out as an homage to New York deli food, offering a smorgasbord of smaller plates, mutated into its current freak-show burger incarnation after chef/owner Jason Loring made a successful bid to get Nosh a little television fame. Today, the restaurant is all about outrageous offerings and its bar. And the bar is genuinely good. Cocktails, especially the cucumber-flavored Garden Gimlet ($11) and the sharply tart and tangy gin-based Nosh Blossom ($10) are very solid, as is the respectable selection of local beers offered on tap. If you can manage to hear your server over the din, you’ll find service to be a little iffy – our experiences ranged from attentive but not very knowledgeable about the menu, to harried and too busy to time entrees to match the diners’ pace. When you do grab your server’s attention, be sure to order the crisp, cheesy polenta fries topped with arugula, as well as the “nachos” made with sweet potato tater tots. Thick-cut, Belgian-style french fries ($6) are also generally crisp and well-seasoned here – especially the salt and pepper variety. Beef patties at Nosh are well-prepared, but steer clear of the mammoth burgers with preposterous foods-as-buns like the Nosh Mac ‘N Stack and stick with the cheeseburger, which executive chef Noah Leether has down to a science. If you can even conceive of dessert after your meal, don’t bother with the heavy, overly sweet options on the menu – you’re better off grabbing something on the way home. Better yet, skip dessert and walk home. After a meal at Nosh, it’ll do you good.