It’s hard to believe, but February is already halfway over. Spring is slowly approaching, and that means there’s more food news to learn about in Portland! This week, Thrillist names Samuel’s the best wings in Maine, Cafe Crepe is opening a second location at the Public Market, Chad Conley of the Palace Diner has leased Brea Lu’s former space in Portland, and David Levi has reopened his Italian restaurant under its new name, Trattoria Fanny. There’s all this and more to digest, so just keep reading!
Dishing Park City Reviews Bite Into Maine
When it’s cold and snowy during a classic New England Nor’easter, it never hurts to start thinking about summer. And with that thought comes the inevitable musings about fresh Maine lobster. Especially when that fresh Maine lobster is being rolled into delectable lobster rolls, provided by Bite Into Maine. Dishing Park City recently reviewed Portland’s eponymous lobster cart, praising BIM for their fresh lobster meat and many choices. Their pro tip? If you want to try all 6 styles: Maine, Picnic, Connecticut, Wasabi mayo, Curry mayo, and Chipotle mayo, pick up a stranger at a bar to help sample them all. Bite Into Maine returns to Fort Williams Park in April, which gives us two more months to daydream about their lobster roll return.
1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, Maine | Open April-October
Spinach, mushroom, and onion pizza from Samuel’s
Samuel’s Named Best Wings In Maine By Thrillist
Talking about the best wings in Maine can get a little bit dicey. Everyone has a personal favorite, so how does the best get chosen? According to Thrillist’s recent roundup of wings, state by state, Samuel’s dirty wings deserve the honor. The wings are simple, double fried, and seen as the highlight of an extensive menu with other favorites like the calzone, nachos, or amazing 5 cent mimosas for Sunday brunch. Another reason Samuel’s is the place for wings in Maine? All wings are 50 cents on Wednesday and Thursday nights, making it the perfect opportunity for elastic waistbands and settling in for the long haul. Your tastebuds will thank you.
1160 Forest Ave, Portland, Maine | Open 11:30 am-1:00 am seven days a week
French toast from Hot Suppa’s brunch menu.
Hot Suppa Praised As Best Brunch By Celebrity Comedian
One of Portland’s best brunch spots has found validation with an unlikely celebrity comedian. In comments recorded during his Merrill Auditorium show, Lewis Black made it very clear that Hot Suppa is his favorite place to grab brunch in Portland. Though Black is usually known for his wit and sharp tongue, his love of Portland was easy to see. Black remarked that Portland’s food scene was on par with other bigger cities, and that Hot Suppa’s brunch was one of the best in the country. Want to check out Hot Suppa? Black claims it’s a heart attack waiting to happen. Worth it!
703 Congress Street, Portland, Maine | Open Tuesday-Saturday 7 am-2pm and 4 pm-9:15 pm, Monday 7 am-2 pm, and Sunday 7:30 am-2pm
Cafe Crepe Is Opening A New Location In Portland’s Public Market
Lovers of crepes, rejoice, because a new vendor is coming to the ever popular Public Market. Cafe Crepe announced that they will be opening a second location on the first floor of the Public Market. Cafe Crepe will be taking the spot that was formerly occupied by K. Horton Specialty Foods, which recently closed after 18 years of selling cheeses, specialty foods, and local products. Cafe Crepe is already well loved at their Freeport location, located in the heart of Freeport’s downtown. Cafe Crepe will open in March, serving both sweet and savory crepes.
28 Monument Square, Portland, Maine | Opening March of 2017 with seating
Co-Owner of Palace Diner Leases Former Brea Lu Spot In Portland
For fans of Maine’s oldest diner, Palace Diner, a little piece of it is coming to Portland this summer. Co-owner of the Palace Diner, Chad Conley, has leased the former space where Brea Lu was located in Portland before a fire last year. Conley has refused to release details of what the restaurant will serve, but the menu is supposed to be different from what is served at the Palace Diner. The restaurant hopes to be open by this summer, just in time for Maine’s tourist season.
428 Forest Ave, Portland, Maine | Opening Summer of 2017
Trattoria Fanny Is Now Open
The wait is over: a new Italian restaurant has opened where short-lived Rossobianco once stood. Trattoria Fanny is now open to the public, named after owner David Levi’s grandmother, Fanny. Trattoria Fanny is aiming to be more affordable than the chic Rossobianco, with reasonable lunch offerings, authentic Italian cuisine, and a welcoming atmosphere for all. Trattoria Fanny is serving lunch, dinner, drinks, and coffee.
3 Deering Ave., Portland, Maine | Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.; Dinner Tues-Sat 5–9 pm