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Portland, ME -- new and old news (LONG)

Allison | Dec 17, 2004 01:26 PM

*** We ordered a pizza at Portland Pie last night. Went to pick it up, but they were no where to be found on India Street. NOW I know that the new location next to Una is open and is replacing the old one.

The space is really terrific. It's small but there are bench tables and a few bar seats. There is beer and wine and you can just imagine how wonderful the smell. The room is attractively painted with a contrasting brick wall along one side and cozy lighting (I was expecting florescent, don't know why). I LOVEd it! We ate our pizza at a table along with a couple of bottles of Geary's. It's gonna be a hit.

[I don't know if it was a coincidence, but as we were leaving and passing in front of Una, this employee sticks his head out and tries to lure us inside. Una has always been the MOST pretensious, snobby place I have experienced in Portland (I still go, f'em!) and I was really surprised they tried to pull us in. Ha!]

??? Anyone know anything about that new place opening up in the old Michaela's spot, I think its called Shay's? I can't wait, I love to anticipate new offerings. Anyone got the scoop?

??? The Federal Spice folks have opened their new place in the Public Market, called A Bold Flavor. They looked quite busy today. The menu is sort of ... odd, I would love to see the food in person or hear from someone first hand.

Speaking of the market, Foley's Bakery has opened up in the old Borealis spot. Scales, which is as good as ever, has Redhook Winter Hook on tap, which is terrific. If you like a well-balanced yet hoppy beer, check this out.

RIP ASMARA -- I think there was a fire in the basement and that was it. The phone number is disconnected anyway, so that's that. I'm the only fan I know, but I wonder what's next...

*** Ooh, we tried Bubble Mania (?), the tea place, on Commercial Street the other day. They have nice, cheap little snacks, like potstickers and wonton soup, as well as an interesting tea/tea drink selection. They also had a great magazine selection if you appreciate the financial, world news sort of info. I liked that place.

*** Wow, I know people have said this but I was really surprised how pricey the Porthole has gotten. The quality of our meal wasn't that great, either (the fries were just gross). Tourist prices, IMHO. But there were plenty of people there, so maybe its just me. Any thoughts?

Well, I'll give it a rest now. Still have some more questions -- Will Bar 46 ever open? (I'm guessing no), what is going on in the old Woody's spot, anything? How is Stir Crazy on Congress, aside from the review?

The best part of these questions, is researching the answers! Happy Holidays!

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