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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


Refueling stops on western Congress Street

Indy shops for coworkers
In Ouvriers et Capital Mario Tronti explains how corporations are able to turn worker demands to the boss's advantage: "There are no decisive battles in the war of the classes, defeats are victories and victories are defeats."
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  November 03, 2010


Saigon has a lovely Vietnamese mix of influences

Melting pot
For those who move to Maine from more diverse parts of the country, going out for an Asian meal requires some adjustments.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  October 27, 2010


Review: Whaddapita

Whaddapita sends fast Mediterranean fare upscale
Whaddapita is an indicator of our bright lunch-future. It brings to Mediterranean food the trend of giving upscale-fast-food treatment to regional cuisines, sort of like the BajaFresh chain did with Mexican.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  September 29, 2010


Review: Local Sprouts Cafe

Collective win
The responsibilities of individualism are hard to bear. We must compete in a system in which we can sense the rules are fixed — succeeding or failing alone, moving up the ladder or onto unemployment.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  September 08, 2010


Review: Scallops and lamb soar at Havana South

Hitting the high points
If you visit the Web site of Havana South, a new restaurant in the Old Port, you will find a photo of Barack and Michelle Obama looking handsome and happy.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  September 01, 2010


The kids are all-write

Telling Room young authors take on Portland's food scene
Recently I spoke to a group of aspiring food writers attending the Young Authors camp at the Telling Room. I don't know about them, but I learned some things.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  August 11, 2010


The sweet taste of regression

Explaining and exploring Maine's ice-cream cravings
What explains the current craze for ice cream in Maine, which has resulted in several new businesses and recently overcame the nation's President? Sure, it's one of the hottest summers on record, and yes, ice cream is an affordable indulgence in a tough economy.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  August 04, 2010


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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