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Silver platter

Finding a comfy spot to eat Otto's pizza
People seem eager to call Otto's the best pizza in Portland.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  July 14, 2010

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A true Jewel

Biddo's best Indian expands to South Portland
People from Biddeford will happily tell you, in a tone meant to convince someone not likely to believe it, "we actually have really good Indian food here." I checked and it's true: the Biddo's got good Indian, at the Jewel of India — a family-run place in a little spot downtown.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  July 07, 2010

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Playing Thai-alai

Fast-moving small plates engage at Boda
The writer Stephen Metcalf recently suggested that the cult of cultural authenticity has reached a tipping point analogous to our desperate search for oil.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  June 16, 2010

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A new peak

Katahdin relocates, gets even better
Only in a city as small as Portland can a move of a few blocks, like Katahdin’s recent relocation from High Street to Forest Avenue, seem like a significant change of neighborhood.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  June 09, 2010

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Understated indulgence

The elegant new Walter’s
In economic times like these, the decision to invest in a nice dinner out is not to be taken lightly.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  May 19, 2010

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Classic Italian

JP’s Bistro offers a trip back to the Gilded Age
America has reached the point where strip-mall dining can make us nostalgic.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  May 12, 2010



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Gourmet kitchen

Nosh satisfies with answers to many questions
The gourmet recreation of classic deli cuisine, recently identified as a movement in the national media, has made an ambiguous appearance here in Portland in the form of Nosh Kitchen Bar.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  April 21, 2010

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Second act

Veranda opens an excellent Noodle Bar
One of the fundamental principles of marketing is that since competition is inevitable, you might as well be your own rival.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  April 14, 2010

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Go for the doughnuts

The French Press is making a name for itself
The French Press occupies the conceptual space matching its geographic location: to the left of Dunkin Donuts — more local, more artisanal, but hitting the same basic notes.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  March 25, 2010

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Hearty and sweet

Sonny's finds the right mix of flavors and textures
America's war on obesity is going nowhere.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  March 17, 2010

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Southern feel

Po' Boys & Pickles gets it just right
As sandwich shops continue to proliferate during this down economy, the new Po' Boys & Pickles offers a formula for short-term buzz, and perhaps long-term loyalty.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  February 24, 2010



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How the other half eats?

Sampling suburban fare in Falmouth
Seeking to understand our once-and-future masters, I headed up to Falmouth, where registered Republicans outnumber Democrats, to examine how they eat. I followed some expensive sedans to Johnny's Bistro.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  February 17, 2010

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Don't be chicken

Dig right in at Binga's Stadium
Last year was a weird one for chicken wings.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  January 27, 2010

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A winter outing

Heading indoors at the Picnic Basket
All ideals are oppressive, and the ideal picnic is no exception.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  January 20, 2010

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Start tasting

New and renewed flavors in Portland's food scene
The events of the last decade have spoiled our taste for speculation.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  December 30, 2009

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In with the new

And with the even newer — the year in Portland food
This year represented a bittersweet end to a miserable decade for the nation.
By: Brian Duff  |  December 22, 2009



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Busy options

Sampling Kon Asian's broad spectrum
For a place that is largely about performative hibachi dining and Asian kitsch, Kon is very into the Buddha.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  December 02, 2009

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Some strong choices

Shima melds tastes, traditions well
A pan-Asian restaurant comes in handy if you are having trouble making a decision. But thanks to several openings in the last year, Portlanders looking for a menu with several Asian cuisines will have to make a choice.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  November 25, 2009

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Triple shot

Visiting three new Portland cafés
As a sign of difficult economic times, a turnover in cafés is a noisy indicator but a significant one.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  November 04, 2009

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Brave new world

Styxx’s management sets an oddly pleasant menu
How many marriages are born or nursed in our city’s bars?
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  October 28, 2009

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Solid food, found

Hang on to your dosh -- visit the Lost Coin Café
The Lost Coin Café is unlike any other restaurant in Portland.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  October 07, 2009


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