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Review: Pho Hanoi

Sauce your heart out
Vietnamese cuisine very friendly to saucy experimentation.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  September 07, 2011


Review: Taco Trio

In search of Mexillence
The surest formula for greatness is to turn your weakness into a strength.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  August 31, 2011


Review: The Well

The Well dispenses with snobbery, focuses on food
Foodie snobbery and "locavore" sanctimony have become so egregious that the New York Times Magazine recently made a cover story of one writer's description of participating in a two-day backyard feast in the Napa Valley.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  August 10, 2011


Portland's chefs play with mushrooms

Tasting the fruit of the spore
Being a chef is a risky business.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  August 03, 2011


Review: Petite Jacqueline

French treasures
On a crowded night at Petite Jacqueline it is hard to hear your companion over the din.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  July 13, 2011


Review: Gogi

Korean tacos arrive in Portland at last
If you are looking for a prototypical American restaurant in this week that started with Independence Day, you could do worse than Gogi.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  July 06, 2011


Sampling summer standards

Two beachside meals, compared
Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth offers a chance to experience two varieties of summer dining.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  June 15, 2011


Review: Francine's

Coastal magnificence
Some days Maine is so nice it seems like a theme park version of a state. Last week offered such a day, especially if you drove to Camden to hike the big hill, see the famous view, and stop afterwards for dinner at the remarkable bistro Francine.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  June 10, 2011


Review: Aroma

Scent-sational Indian
Driving into the South Portland complex at 200 Gorham Road the other night we had to slow to a crawl to avoid hitting all the kids dressed up for a pre-prom dinner.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  May 18, 2011


Review: Figa

Figa opens at last, with influences delicate and broad
In the not-so-distant future, thanks to poor management and changing weather patterns, we are likely to face crippling shortages of fresh water.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  April 20, 2011


Review: East Ender

France meets New England
Those French know how to cook. But here in America, French cuisine too often comes with a demi-glace of pedantry and a side of self-congratulation.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  April 13, 2011


Review: Pai Men Miyake

Second time’s as charming
I suppose there will be a time when Portlanders barely remember Masa Miyake's first sushi bar.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  March 23, 2011


Let them eat potatoes

Susan Collins steps up her defense of the Maine staple
Here in Maine brutal levels of unemployment continue even as the Republicans now running the state prepare to dismantle government assistance programs for the poor.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  March 16, 2011


Review: Hugo's

Midweek special gets top-notch gourmet food at neighborhood prices
For many years now the most memorable meals to be had in Portland have been at Hugo's.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  February 23, 2011


Review: Hot Suppa

Hot Suppa’s new dinner service builds on longstanding strengths
When you sit down in one of the comfortable booths for the new dinner service at Hot Suppa, it is hard to remember the many years when Hot Suppa was closed in the evenings.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  February 16, 2011

Review: Bayside Bowl

Fueling up for turkeys
Medical experts believe that modern Americans' tendency to constantly clean and disinfect our environment is hurting our immune systems.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  January 26, 2011


Review: Upstairs at the Public Market House

Gustatory altitude
Everybody likes a scrappy tale of redemption. So when a scrappy redemption actually succeeds, it is especially gratifying. Perhaps that explains why it is so pleasant to sit upstairs at the Public Market House.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  January 19, 2011


Political fodder

Will the GOP save the restaurant industry?
Despite some notable successes described here last week, 2010 was a sobering year for the restaurant business.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  December 29, 2010


Portland broadens its cuisines in 2010

International taste
Portland's year in food in 2010 was marked by new ventures on the part of established players on the food scene.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  December 22, 2010


Searching Trader's shelves

In which we sample Joe's cheap wines
What should we make of the craze for cheap Trader Joe's wines that has overtaken Portland?
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  December 01, 2010


Review: Mike's

Rock music as soul food
Mike's, downtown on Congress, bills itself as "home of the rock n roll sandwich." This deli doubles as a shrine to local music — sandwiches are named after local bands, and show posters cover the walls in the back room — and to the idea of rock music in general.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  November 24, 2010

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