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Review: Sabor Latino

Finding the right mix
Some new restaurants obsess over getting the décor just right. Others focus on creating a perfect menu.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  March 14, 2012

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Marcy's new owners step up, but not overly far

Preserving a treasure
Inheritance is the problem of the modern age.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  February 22, 2012

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Review: The Thirsty Pig + Novare Res

Lift a stein and down a sausage at the Thirsty Pig, or Novare Res
The traditional remedies for the burdens of life, at least in the Anglo-Saxon and Germanic traditions that dominate American culture, have been beer and sausage — cheap ways to blot the pain with a light buzz and a stomach full of rich food.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  February 15, 2012

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Review: China Taste

The family-run place you're hoping for
It's often claimed that there is no good Chinese food in Portland. But when four Maine Chinese buffet restaurants were raided by federal agents for deplorable working conditions, money laundering, and other alleged crimes a few months back, it put things in perspective.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  January 25, 2012

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Review: Little Seoul

Korean cooking mixes three powerhouse tastes
You hear a lot about the rise of China, but in truth it is Korea that is headed toward world domination.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  January 18, 2012

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2012 could see a resurgence in Portland's food scene

Fortune's return
It was four years ago — the beginning of 2008 — that Portland prepared to get its moment at the center of the nation's food consciousness.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  December 28, 2011



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Year-end second chances in Portland dining

Don't miss out
With the vogue in ever-changing menus, there are probably hundreds of great dishes that come and go every year in Portland that nearly everyone misses. You can't think about it: that way madness lies.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  December 21, 2011

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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

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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

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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

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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



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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

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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

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Review: Pho Hanoi

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

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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

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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



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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


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