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Classic retro

The Back Bay Grill offers stability
Opened 20 years ago on an odd bayside corner, the Back Bay Grill looks seasoned rather than old.  
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  October 09, 2008


Escape clause

Don’t bail out — dine out at Steve & Renee’s!
A visit to Steve and Renee’s diner for the Saturday night all-you-can-eat turkey dinner (for $8.50!) is enough to convince you that things will be all right while we wait this one out.  
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  October 02, 2008


Treat yourself

Don’t waste your sugar intake
Of all the hoaxes pulled on humanity, the infernal taste-bud map takes the cake.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  September 10, 2008


Casual party

Low-key enjoyment at Flask
It is woman-owned and gay-friendly in a low-key way.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  September 03, 2008


Strange brews

Tapping into the drinking life
This summer, Portland saw the opening of two notable spots to sip our way towards an obesity-induced infarction.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  August 13, 2008


Mix and match

Menu anxiety pays off at the Grill Room
Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert recently demonstrated that having many options to choose from makes us less happy.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  August 05, 2008


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

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