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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: September 3, 2013

Salvage BBQ & Smokehouse: Authentic Southern-style barbecue comes to Portland

Written by: Susan Axelrod

All photos by Ted Axelrod/Axelrod Photography

On Sunday evening, Portland restaurateur Jay Villani’s latest enterprise, Salvage BBQ & Smokehouse, opened its doors to an eager and hungry crowd. After spending months renovating the former Portland Architectural Salvage Building at 919 Congress Street and traveling throughout the South sampling iconic ‘cue, it looks like Villani has a home run on his hands. You can eat in or take out from a handy counter up front.  The menu features pulled pork, brisket, beef and pork ribs, chicken and sausage sold by the pound, traditional sides like mac and cheese and collard greens, and for dessert — pie. At the bar, there are lots of local beers on tap and an impressive range of bourbons. Seating is at picnic tables and a few 1950s-era Formica-topped tables, plates are paper and the atmosphere is super-casual. People are already impressed, including Portland Press Herald blogger John Golden, who chronicles his “friends and family” night experience here.

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