Saturday April 19th 2014

Tagged: brunch

French toast: A dish with humble origins gets fancied up in Portland

French toast: A dish with humble origins gets fancied up in Portland
December 20, 2013

The sweet, delicious breakfast dish we know and love as French toast did not originate in France. Food historians place its origins in medieval Europe; like many an iconic dish, it was created out of necessity and thrift. In its simplest form today, it’s scented with vanilla and cinnamon, but all kinds of permutations are possible, especially when local chefs are looking to wow brunch customers.

Bodacious Bloodies: Hot Brunch Cocktails With Something More

Bodacious Bloodies: Hot Brunch Cocktails With Something More
October 15, 2013

So now we know (sort of) where the drink came from. As to where it’s gone in 90-plus years, you only have to peruse local cocktail menus for modern Bloodies made with proprietary tomato juice-based concoctions and garnished with everything from barbecued ribs to tofu cubes. For your holiday weekend drinking pleasure, we rounded up a few noteworthy examples.

Brunch: 28 places to do it right in Portland

Brunch: 28 places to do it right in Portland
September 11, 2013

It might be the precursor to an active day, a way to keep the party going from the night before or a hangover cure, but whatever the reason, brunch is a key component of weekends in Portland. Here are 28 restaurants where you can do the thing right.

Joseph’s By the Sea

January 14, 2013

Joseph’s By the Sea offers a nostalgic dining experience, especially in the off-season. It is banquet and wedding reception food, but it is banquet and wedding reception food done well. The staff is friendly, and if you are looking for a night (or brunch) that’s just off the beaten food trail, try Joseph’s. The ride through Old Orchard Beach in the off-season is fun, and I suggest ordering from Joseph’s long list of signature, warm espresso cocktails.

The Bayou Kitchen

January 14, 2013

The Bayou Kitchen has been serving Louisiana-style breakfast and lunch favorites to Portland for more than 23 years — for a reason. Until Portland has a uniquely Cajun or Creole sit-down dinner restaurant, those looking for a bayou influence must content themselves with earlier hours, but the upside of this schedule is an authentic bayou flair applied creatively to brunch favorites. Go, and I doubt you will be disappointed.