PORTLAND, Maine — Downtown breakfasters bid farewell to a long-time favourite this week, however it’s not all unhealthy information within the Portland meals scene. Pizza pies, water views and a little bit of digestive help are all in Larger Portland’s foodie information this week.
Right here’s what we all know.
Rise Pizza and Pub opened its doorways at 319 Essential St. in Cumberland final week. The contemporary eat-in or take-out joint’s menu options every part you’d look forward to finding, with a reputation like that on the prime. Nonetheless, that is upscale Cumberland we’re speaking about, so there are just a few surprises, too.
Pizzas are available in 10-inch and 16-inch sizes. A ten-inch gluten free crust can be out there. Toppings vary from requirements like spinach, mushrooms, pepperoni and sausage to the marginally extra adventurous choices like grilled pineapple, pancetta and pulled pork.
Sizzling sandwich choices abound. A fried hen sammy on a potato bun, with a candy and spicy glaze, jalapeno slaw and garlic aioli, goes for $19. It comes with fries, as properly.
Sit-down pasta entrees are additionally on supply. The pappardelle bolognese with pepperoni, Italian sausage, pork shoulder, tomato, parmesan and grilled garlic bread clocks in at $28.
An $8 shock menu merchandise is a savory fried doughnut with anise seed and marinara.
In line with Rise’s Instagram web page, hours are a bit versatile in the mean time as they get the kinks labored out, so it’s greatest to name forward at 207-489-9126.
The Portland Meals Map reviews Lambs Bar, at 695 Broadway in South Portland, is now open.
Lambs is correct subsequent to Night time Strikes Bread and might seat 70 individuals. A few of these seats are open air and overlook Casco Bay.
“Proprietor Wade Ritchey together with beverage director Maia Fleming and the Lambs group are serving a bar menu of native beer, pure wine and a number of basic cocktails,” the Meals Map writes. “Meals choices embrace ham and butter or radish and butter sandwiches made with Night time Strikes bread, sardines, olives, bread and cheese.”
Lambs’ Instagram web page lists its opening hours as 3:30 p.m. till midnight on weekdays and midday till midnight on weekends. The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays.
Shahin Khojastehzad, a co-owner of deep-dive beer bar Novare Res, has been on Portland’s food and drinks scene for what looks as if without end. His late mom operated the much-loved Shahnaz Persian Grille within the metropolis for years.
Now, Khojastehzad is beginning a brand new Persian-inspired operation, Handshake Bitters, at 52 Alder St.
Khojastehzad describes his Persian digestive bitters as a wedding between 28 botanicals and spices from around the globe, in addition to Maine.
“As an Iranian immigrant who grew up in Portland, Maine this can be a collage of my reminiscences of each my houses,” he writes on Instagram. “Persian saffron, tea, sumac and limo ommani (black fermented limes) is the Silk Highway in a drop.”
To these tantalizing tastes from the opposite aspect of the globe, Khojastehzad is including Maine hops, spruce ideas, darkish maple syrup and chaga mushrooms.
“[Bitters can] be drunk straight after a meal to assist assist digestion or utilized in your favourite cocktail for a splash of zest. It’s a handshake of cultures and reminiscences, proving that we’re higher collectively,” he stated.
Khojastehzad hopes to be promoting his product by fall.
In a tragic Portland meals dispatch, Rick’s Foyer Cafe at 400 Congress St. is closing — and never as a result of homeowners Rick and Molly Wooden need to shut.
“Constructing administration gave notification that they’re going to renovate our foyer cafe house,” the enterprise wrote on Instagram. “The traders, constructing homeowners and companions now not need to embrace a restaurant or meals institution on this constructing, post-renovation. As such, our lease will not be being renewed.”
Established in 2015, Rick’s final day slinging espresso and breakfast gadgets to go is scheduled for Sept. 1.
Judging from on-line feedback, the Woods’ prospects will miss them.
“Holding out hope you discover one other location,” wrote one. “Greatest Italian within the metropolis.”
“Crying,” wrote one other, adopted by two tearful emojis.
Molly Wooden struck a hopeful tone on-line.
“We don’t know the place we’ll go or what we’ll do but. We wish to suppose we’re a fairly nice group, so we all know issues will work out simply fantastic,” she wrote. “We thanks on your continued assist and respect your patronage right here on the cafe whereas we determine the place to go from right here.”