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Trip Report - Portland, ME (sorry it's long!)


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Trip Report - Portland, ME (sorry it's long!)

SeoulQueen | Sep 14, 2010 08:20 PM

Just back from my Portland weekend. Here is where I ate, what I ate and what I thought of it.

Sat Lunch - Duckfat
My chocolate milkshake was awesome but I thought the duckfat fries were a little too greasy. The duck confit panini were good but needed more sourness/tangyness on the sour cherry to cut through the richness of the duck. However, my DH loved the fries, he ate most of it and he also enjoyed his goat cheese panini.

Sat Dinner - Bresca
My appetizer of egg, kale and pancetta was excellent. DH raved about his pecorino romano with local honeycomb... said he's never had a cheese+honey dish as good as that. We both ordered the porkchops - massively huge chops, perfectly cooked medium and delicious! Fatal mistake though was we both cleaned our plates and had no room for dessert! You can see the technical cooking was spot on and the service was faultless but the atmosphere felt a little too hushed. It was the most expensive meal of our trip.

Sun Breakfast - served by our B&B and it was the worst breakfast we've had in all the years of staying in B&BS. Bananas with ice cream and chopped almonds???

Sun Lunch - White Mtn Cider deli in Conway, NH
I had turkey sandwich with nice tangy cranberry sauce containing whole cranberries and proper stuffing.A long time since I'd had a turkey sandwich as good as this. DH had the Italian sub and also gave it a thumbs up. Their cider doughnuts were not so good - dry and stale, probably made the day before.

Sun Dinner - Local 188
This was our favorite restaurant/meal. Nice casual vibe. We shared the grilled moro flatbread with black olive tapenade -perhaps a touch too much olive oil drizzled on it. House paella was delicious with plump Maine mussels, chicken, jumbo shrimp and chorizo. Minor criticism was it came out so piping hot so I almost burned my tongue and had to let it cook a little bit. DH ordered the hangar steak and said it was very good. We split the apple/berry cobbler which was delicious.

Mon Breakfast - Hot Suppa (yeah, we're skipping the awful breakfasts at our B&B)
Corned beef hash with poached eggs - excellent hash but it was suppose to also contain potatoes, onions and carrots. Couldn't find any potatoes or onions and I only got 5 itty bitty bits of carrots. DH had the omelet and said he wished he could make omelets like that.

Mon Lunch - Bonobo
A slice of pepperoni and a slice of cheese - pepperoni was a bit too oily but I loved the thin, perfectly cooked crust. This crust is as good/better than ones in NYC or New Haven. DH agreed about the crust.

Mon Dinner - Evangeline
Sous chef was cooking the prix fixe dinner and that may explain the uneven meal we had. DH did not like his cod fritter appetizer - wet, mushy and underseasoned. My tete de cochon w/ house cured pickles was lovely... nice bits of meat, tangy beets, radishes and pickles to complement. DH absolutely loved his entree - braised lamb shoulder with potatoes and carrots. I did not like my entree of swordfish in fennel broth with mussels and tomatoes. Broth was too buttery/rich and although swordfish and mussels and tomatoes were good on their own, together the dish did not work. Needed more acidity to balance that broth and not enough tomatoes.. tasted like a big bowl of protein sitting in a butter broth. Dessert was pot de chocolate - it was fine, a bit grainier than I prefer but delicious tasting. DH hated his dessert - chilled pear soup with mascarpon ice cream and fresh raspberries - it was tiny, about 2 spoons worth, couldn't taste the pear - very bland. We went back to Local 188 afterwards for drinks.

Tues Breakfast - The Good Egg
Their corned beef hash had good ratio of potatoes, carrots, beef etc but didn't like the beef being cubed. DH said home fries were good, I thought they had a funny gasoline smell. Scrambled eggs and poached eggs were fine. I think I prefer the Hot Suppa though...

Misc - chocolate cupcake from Two Fat Cats, ice cream from Desert Ice cream and coffees from Arabica and Bard. All very good.

We peeked into Hugo's and read their menu and made mental note to definitely come back. In the meantime, I'll be at the gym.. everyday!

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