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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


A winter outing

Heading indoors at the Picnic Basket
All ideals are oppressive, and the ideal picnic is no exception.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  January 20, 2010


Start tasting

New and renewed flavors in Portland's food scene
The events of the last decade have spoiled our taste for speculation.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  December 30, 2009


In with the new

And with the even newer — the year in Portland food
This year represented a bittersweet end to a miserable decade for the nation.
By: Brian Duff  |  December 22, 2009


Busy options

Sampling Kon Asian's broad spectrum
For a place that is largely about performative hibachi dining and Asian kitsch, Kon is very into the Buddha.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  December 02, 2009


Some strong choices

Shima melds tastes, traditions well
A pan-Asian restaurant comes in handy if you are having trouble making a decision. But thanks to several openings in the last year, Portlanders looking for a menu with several Asian cuisines will have to make a choice.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  November 25, 2009


Triple shot

Visiting three new Portland cafés
As a sign of difficult economic times, a turnover in cafés is a noisy indicator but a significant one.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  November 04, 2009


Brave new world

Styxx’s management sets an oddly pleasant menu
How many marriages are born or nursed in our city’s bars?
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  October 28, 2009


Solid food, found

Hang on to your dosh -- visit the Lost Coin Café
The Lost Coin Café is unlike any other restaurant in Portland.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  October 07, 2009


Gustation junction

Flavors mingle at The Corner Room
Since all three of Harding Lee Smith's restaurants are on corners, one wonders why he chose to name his newest one The Corner Room.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  September 30, 2009


Community appeal

The Café at Pat's is a classic local spot
It is tricky to manage the transition from cult of personality to a rationalized institution.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  September 16, 2009


Amazing Grace

Sweet tastes, beautiful building, heavenly reward
Few of us bother to go to church, so Mainers must find ways to reuse our houses of worship, just as we do our riverside mills in this post-industrial age. While several restaurants have put mothballed mill buildings to use, Grace Restaurant's repurposing of the Chestnut Street Methodist Church is the most impressive reclamation project yet.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  September 02, 2009

20 milk list

Outdoor retreat

Twenty Milk's excellent lawn-dining experience
Portland's Old Port is most beautiful just when it is least hospitable — in the bitter cold of winter when the crowds dissipate and Pandora LaCasse's whimsical lights decorate the streets. Recently the Portland Regency Hotel has endeavored to capture some of the charms of winter in warmer months.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  August 12, 2009

salt list

For serious kids

The Salt Exchange experiments with food
In last week's New York Times , David Brooks suggested that for people who are not parents there are "no grand designs..., no high ambitions. Politics becomes insignificant. Even words like justice lose meaning."
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  August 05, 2009

rav list

Italian escape

The best of Milan in Portland
One of my earliest culinary memories is of my father bringing home a tin of hard, crisp, almondy Italian cookies. As my sisters and I ate, my father dimmed the lights and put a match to the thin paper wrappers. They began to float like enchanted lanterns. I thought these Italians must be magical.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  July 15, 2009

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