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Fez delivers a traveler’s smorgasbord

Tastes of Africa
On one wall of Fez restaurant is a portrait of the African continent.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  November 30, 2011


Review: Zapoteca

Sending Mexican upscale — with a brick oven
Thanksgiving invites us to reflect on the Anglo-American model of indigenous relations: play nice for a bit, even share a feast, then murder everyone.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  November 23, 2011


Review: Schulte & Herr

Want comfort? Go German
The most famous quality of Germans is their knack for accomplishing even difficult tasks with a clean efficiency.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  November 02, 2011


Review: Gingko Blue

Getting the tone of a cocktail bar just right
As the recent Ken Burns documentary Prohibition revealed, the woman-led movement to eliminate alcoholic drinks was fueled by a desire to eliminate a certain kind of masculine behavior — loud, abusive, irresponsible loutishness.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  October 26, 2011


Review: Museum Café

Sampling the artistic institution's take on food
In the long transition by which medieval mysticism gave way to modern rationality and bureaucratic efficiency, the placement of clocks on church steeples was a profound milestone.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  October 05, 2011


Review: District

District is hard to classify, but hard to go wrong
With the fall television season beginning, it is worth remembering the best TV show of the last decade: NBC's Las Vegas . Man, that show was good.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  September 28, 2011


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

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