Portland maine...a couple of reviews
I ate at Fore Street Sunday night...a bit less than I expected considering past experiences...
Haddock cooked ahead..it had to be because it appearred in about two seconds...we were a late reservation...but was bone cold in the center...but well cooked on the outside...a chop...not a filet...and while I expect bones...by the time I was done...I was worn out from the effort...the garnishes seems like second thoughts...ok just tired.
The hanger steak was great, the salmon drowned in beets and cippolini and vinegar...tasty but man there were like beets on everything...it's root vegetable city up in maine right now...our meal had parsnips soup, beets and more beets, potatoes, carrots,
Pasta appetizer...trumpets...no flavor...parsnip soup...same thing...we asked for salt and never really do that.
Charcuterie platter was good...venson terrine, sausage and chicken liver pate...
We skipped dessert...just sort of left ..maybe it's the end of the summer or something...at the end of the night one of the cooks threw a balled up towel across the open kitchen...it hit the wall wiuth a thump...and honestly...it was the most exciting thing to happen that night...
Fess Parket Pinot was pretty good
(and tell the salad guy to stop fiddling with his hair or wash his hands)
Monday for lunch...Portland Lobster Company...never ate there...it always looks full of tourists (2 cruise ships in port Monday)...but themeal was great...chowder was thick but good, haddock sandwich...great bread (Standard?)...great ionion riungs...and a guyt playimg guitar in the patio...just fresh and good.
Two Fat Cats bakery...nothing in the shop except a plate of cupcakes...it was a Monday...probaboy a slow day...
I bought two pieces of pottery at the co-op
Portland is still the best food city in America...
Two Fat Cats blows my mind every time I stop there. For a bakery, they open astonishingly late in the day. My mother was in town a few months back and I took here there at around 8:40am on a weekday. We walked in the front door, only to be told that they weren't yet open!
Have visited a few other times and typically find them to be in short supply of just about everything. Given the relative hassle of driving downtown, I much prefer to hit Scratch Bakery in Cape Elizabeth or Rosemont Market on Brighton for my baked goods.
South Portland, ME, South Portland, ME
Two Fat Cats
47 India St, D Portland, ME
We had a similiar lackluster experience at Fore St. I've always wondered if we just hit it on an off night, since it gets pretty consistently high reviews here. We haven't been back, since there are so many other excellent restaurants in Portland. I agree, Portland is a great foodie city!
"(and tell the salad guy to stop fiddling with his hair or wash his hands)"
You know, I've never been to Fore Street and to be honest it's really simple. Every time I go by there, there is a worker or two or three smoking next to that side door, looking real dirty. Also that right side of the building where they do prepping and cleaning, they need to cover up those windows and just keep it a secret. I know this goes on at most of the restaurants but it just doesn't look good and it's not appetizing at all.