Greetings, food lovers! As we've been digging ourselves out from all the snow, the world of food news in Portland has continued on. This week, James Beard Award nominations have been announced, an old favorite in South Portland has unexpectedly reopened, and several under-construction restaurants opening this spring have made progress.
Taco Trio’s South Portland Location Reopens
After months of waiting, there's good news for taco lovers: Taco Trio has reopened. Reasons surrounding Trio’s closing of both locations were unclear at the time, but the owner said he was diagnosed with cancer, and was taking care of a sick family member.
Owner Manuel Pena said his cancer is now under control, allowing Taco Trio’s South Portland location to reopen. The reopening is happy news, but also bittersweet. Taco Trio has closed their Portland location, leaving only the Ocean Street location in SoPo. Expect the same dedication to quality, with tacos, margaritas, and other Mexican food staples, along with new food specials like chimichangas and bite-sized tamales in addition to their original menu. Happy to have you back, Taco Trio!
119 Ocean St., South Portland | Wed-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m., with plans to open six days a week in March | taco-trio.com
Flat iron steak at Drifters Wife.
Portland Restaurants Receive James Beard Nominations
It’s February, which in the food world means one thing: James Beard nominations are out. This year, it seems James Beard was extremely kind toward Portland, along with Maine.
Oysters from Eventide Oyster Co.
Nominations for Portland institutions include Drifters Wife for Best New Restaurant; Standard Baking Co. for Outstanding Baker; Portland Hunt & Alpine Club for Outstanding Bar Program; Piccolo for Outstanding Pastry Chef; Fore Street for Outstanding Restaurant; and Eventide Oyster Co.’s Mike Wiley and Andrew Taylor for Northeast Best Chef.
Finalists for 2017’s James Beard Awards will be announced March 17 in Los Angeles, and the winners of the prestigious awards will be announced in May at Chicago’s Lyric Opera.
Tasting Table Names Timber On Best Steakhouses List
There really is something for everyone in Portland, and that includes steak. Yes, Portland does have a bit of a hipster reputation but that's a good thing. In a recent Tasting Table article, the best steakhouse in every state was named. With Maine being locally lauded for fresh fare and high quality, it only makes sense for Timber Steakhouse and Rotisserie to be listed. Why Timber? Local, impeccably cut steaks, as well as a bourbon selection that rivals Kentucky’s best. Owner Noah Talmatch is already a seasoned restaurateur, having opened The North Point along with the new Portland Meatball Company. Timber is the crown jewel of his Portland restaurant empire.
106 Exchange St., Portland | Mon-Thu 4-10 p.m.; Fri 4-11 p.m.; Sat 3-11 p.m. Sun 4-9 p.m. | timbersteakhouse.com
Several Planned Portland Restaurants Move Forward With Construction and Menu Plans
In addition to James Beard Award nominations, February in Portland is when we get a sneak peek at the new restaurants and establishments that are opening in the spring.
After a very long delay, it's been reported that Lazzari, a wine bar going into Mesa Verde’s old spot at 618 Congress St., has completed most of their construction and renovations and plans to open sometime in the spring.
Other notable openings this spring include the highly anticipated Mami, setting up shop in what was formerly a Mainely Wraps location. Mami will serve a menu similar to what is served at their food truck. Both Mami’s brick and mortar location and the food truck will be open, allowing the public to have ample opportunity to eat their inspired Japanese cuisine.
Lazzari: 618 Congress St., Portland | Mami: 339 Fore St., Portland | mamifoodtruck.com
LB Kitchen Is Now Open On Congress Street
Congress Street has one more hip spot to check out. LB Kitchen is now open, operating in the former spot of Figa. LB Kitchen is serving breakfast and lunch bowls, playing off a trend of healthy, local food that also tastes great.
249 Congress St., Portland
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