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Mamma Mia's!

Elegant meals with great flavors
This quaint but elegant little restaurant is serving some of the best meals south of Portland.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  July 16, 2008


Bright flavors

The Merry Table serves crêpes to linger over
The Merry Table, whose crêpes are quite good, deserves a better name.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  July 09, 2008


Morning munchies

Three West End eateries open for brunch
Recently three restaurants on the westerly end of the Portland peninsula — Caiola’s, 555, and Local 188 — are now offering brunch.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  June 18, 2008


Group effort

Be the Guffman crowd's guest at Chef et al.
It felt slightly like the Waiting for Guffman crowd had opened a restaurant.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  June 11, 2008


Tough love

Disappointing meat from friendly staff at Gauchos
The staff at Gauchos are the key to the experience and the best part of the meal.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  May 21, 2008


The dine-out set

Mim's confluence of influences
Mim’s on Commercial Street is one of Portland’s best places to ponder life from the perspective of set theory.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  May 14, 2008


On the nature of things

Two Greek perspectives on traditional food
Too often we seek just the wrong thing in the legacy of Greece, looking for something deep, weighty, and purifying, when the lesson of the Hellenic way of life should be just the opposite.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  April 23, 2008


Bar food, with tunes

At Empire Dine and Dance
In offering us a new casual way to sample local culture — social and cultural, if not culinary — Empire is a welcome addition.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  April 16, 2008


Slurping sounds

Noodle houses deliver pleasure in a bowl
The downtown Arts District has recently become a hot spot for Asian noodle soup.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  March 26, 2008


Livening up Wharf Street

Passage to India has real potential
Passage to India is considered to be one of the best restaurants in the New England area, and is consistently rated among the top Indian restaurants in America and worldwide.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  March 19, 2008


Jump right in

Food to answer leap year's questions
Leap year should remind us that the arbitrary and chaotic lurk even in the monotonous tick of the clock and turn of the calendar page.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  February 27, 2008


Fresh start

StarEast Café brings back a taste of the Middle East
Great books and films about contemporary Iraq uncover admirable and encouraging details but ultimately leave you with a sense of foreboding about the country's future.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  February 20, 2008


Wrap it up

Eating sandwiches makes a bad economy better
As the economy slides into recession it is time we started to think more seriously about the sandwich.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  January 30, 2008


Understated flavor

Green Elephant affirms life through the palate
Any group — whether a city, a cohort of friends, or a couple — must be cautious about where they first fall for vegetarian Asian food.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  January 23, 2008


On the hot plate

Portland's food gods smile on 2008
To forecast food trends for Portland in 2008 is to prophesy the nation’s in 2009.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  December 26, 2007


Linked cuisine

Portland's food scene steps online
A year ago the Portland online food community was stuck in the Golden age.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  December 19, 2007


That’s amore

Indian pizzas — and others — tempt Portland with sultry spice
The invention of pizza in the 17th century coincided with a turning point for the most enduring sex-adverse culture in history — Catholicism.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  November 28, 2007


Name game

The Frog and Turtle evokes Uffa!'s strengths
The Frog and Turtle does have a very different feel.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  November 07, 2007


A family affair

La Familia’s Central American comfort food
Sigmund Freud believed it was a family meal that inspired the ideas and anxieties behind human civilization.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  October 31, 2007


Fateful changes

Local 188 has a rough transition to a new home
Sociologist Arthur Stinchcombe has argued that those who work in dangerous conditions form “communities of fate” that result in greater solidarity and rigidity in unofficial workplace norms.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  October 17, 2007


Old Port shuffle

Moving from the center to the outskirts
The national media would have you believe that a little game of bathroom-stall footsie is a threat to our civilization.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  September 05, 2007

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