So I've been reading this message board for a long time and I finally went to a new restaurant that was worth writing to you all about. It's the Dogfish Cafe on the corner of Congress and St. John, and it is great!
I went on there with a few friends the other night and none of us had been so pleasantly surprised in a long time. Around the table we had the best ceasar salad I have ever tasted, amazing fried lobster ravioli, a delicouse "open-faced" quesadilla, Apple glazed pork chops with garlic mashed potatos (maybe the best thing in the meal) and a few of the best sandwiches I've had anywhere in Portland (a hamurber, a grilled ham & cheese, and the perfect ruben, I swear) all of which came with their great homeade fresh potato chips.
This place looks like it is still just barely open (they don't even have a real sign yet and the walls seem to be still waiting for decoarations) but I have no doubt it'll be a new hot spot around town. It's a comfortable place and the food is really just phenomenal. Check it out!