Empire Bar Portland Maine
Recently spent a couple days in Portlands Old Port just eating and drinking.
Stayed at Eastpark...needs new captets and the rooms can be laid out funky...got a two room suite for $172 with four closets & one happend to be bathroom....I acctually walked it twice to find the john.....room was nice and Top of the East for cocktails is worth any rate.
One night had dinner at 555.....very nice.
But my shout out to Maine Chow hounds has to be the Open Face Pulled Pork sandwich at the Empire bar just up the street. Empire is a "bar" and probably not for children.. Staff are friendly and the PBR's are only $2....draft or 16os can.
I saw a happy couple devoring a plat of fork ready food and was curious as to what it was so I asked for a menu to see if I could idendify the reason the plate was cleaned so handily.
Menu was pub fare but the Open face pulled prok was obviously the dish they scraped up clean.
Four squares of New England stye corn bread topped (loaded like stuffed with ice cream scoops) with house made pulled pork, cole slaw, wet white rice and cooked black beans. The pork was topped off with a bbq sauce not seen north of Tennesee....vinigar based.
I can't decide if the rice and beans or the bbq sauce kicked me to the floor...but put them together...OMG....they did a great job with just a drissle bbq sause so the pork held is own but you got a bit of vinigar sweetness in you nasel.....wow....pork with corn bread....ooo may be a little rice & pork.......beans and corn brean with a little scoop of cole slaw....or slaw and pork.....
Seriously chow hounds.......this plate is one you should see on Food Network coming out of a 10 x 10 white cinder block shack in Buloxi Mississipee.....on a dead end street next to the junk yard...it's that good.
Did I mention the PBR's are $2! I'll still be visiting Fore street, The Grill Romm, Hugo's, 555....I had a few of those PBR's and walked out of there cheap & amased and full.
Chears....umm Tod? LOL PBR's
deffinately...with the focus on "ate". Morning after got a coffee at starbucks and a stuffed breakfast burrito @ wild burritos.
Burrito was good...way stuffed with moist egg, sausage, onion, chees and salsa. service was quick and very friendly.
Pop'd a spot on one of the street side benches and watched Portland wake up 2 another day.....great stay.....will do again soon.