REVIEW: FORE STREET

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The Monster had been looking forward to sampling Fore Street’s renowned cooking since his last visit to Portland.  Looking in the windows jealousy each time he passed, everything about it screams class and elegance.

But would it prove worthy?

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REVIEW: THE PORTHOLE

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In need of a great, satisfying lobster roll before leaving Maine, The Monster drags himself over to The Porthole Restaurant despite not being the least bit hungry.

On the water, views of the boats in harbor on this grey November day, it’s warm inside and filled with people at the bar watching football, digging on food like steamers and chowder and having a beer.

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HAIKU REVIEW: STANDARD BAKING CO.

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Standard Baking Co…

A morning glory sweet bun…

And some granola!

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A LOOK AT: AVENTINE

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You’re in Hollywood looking for a swank place to sit outside, have a craft cocktail or glass of wine on a beautiful patio while nibbling on Italian treats.  Or maybe you want to sit inside in a beautiful room while sharing a lovely pizza.  And so you are looking for Aventine.

This Hollywood hotspot (DJ’s on the weekends, a more relaxed vibe during the week), recently invited The Monster out for night to sample their Italian fare and so without further adieu, a look at Aventine…

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REVIEW: LOCAL 188

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It’s an absolute mob scene at Local 188 for Sunday brunch. People milling about, on the couches, outside huddled in the cold, all willing to wait upwards of forty-five minutes for the scrumptious brunch offerings.

Luckily, The Monster gets seated in about twenty minutes because he is certifiably famished.

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REVIEW: GRACE

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There are restaurants nestled in Franschoek wine country that take your breath away.  Places in the farthest reaches of Peru that are Valhalla amidst the ordinary.  Restaurants along the Amalfi only accessible by boat that are pure heaven. And then there is Grace in Portland, Maine and it is every bit as transcendent.

Located in an old church, soaring ceilings, radiant stained glass, huge pipe organ and an amazingly beautiful open kitchen, this space is truly jaw dropping. But a restaurant must not stand on looks alone, and luckily Grace proves itself in the kitchen as well.

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REVIEW: LOCAL SPROUTS CAFE

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This locally sourced co-op restaurant is your place to come in Portland for good eats, fair prices, a gaggle of families with kids and a ton of dreads.  While you’re eating your organic/sustainable/sprouty meal enjoy the patchouli and the din of children happily running about.  It’s a good scene.

The aesthetic and vibe here is apparent early in from the map of Maine detailing were the food you are going to eat is from.  The Monster spends a few minutes checking it out and has to say he loves the idea of eating food that hasn’t had to be shipped across the country (if not the world).  Sure it might be all sorts of hippy but The Monster once had dreads himself…

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