All Reviews by Meghan Christine

  • The Grill Room & Bar 84 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101 (207) 774-2333

    4 stars Posted on 06/06/2010 05:00pm

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    Dinner at the Grill Room and Bar was an overall great experience, the menu reaching out to us the moment we arrived. Unfortunately for my date they were not serving Swordfish as the quality available was not up to par, our server explained, so he opted for the seared tuna cooked rare. I chose the Rainbow trout, and to start we had olives and escargot. I found the escargot flavor to be delicious while my date (who knows his snails!) thought it a bit too chewy, and less on the tender side. As for our main meals my fish came with sauteed spinach and lobster mashed potatoes in a buerre blanc sauce - and it was the perfect pairings and portions. I have never tasted lobster mashed potatoes before and the pieces of lobster were noticeable and flavorful. The tuna was a bit of a disappointment - although delicious, the tuna was not served hot enough as it should be for a rare sear. It was purported to come with an arugula salad - that ended up being just a mere ""garnish"" and the smashed potatoes? True to form, they looked like someone had smashed them with a fork. We finished with the strawberry sorbet which was refreshing and full of flavor. Overall the experience was good and I would return, I just would be a bit more specific or ask more questions about the meals before ordering.
  • Standard Baking Co 75 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101 (207) 773-2112

    4 stars Posted on 06/06/2010 05:00pm

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    Walk in and take a deep whiff of the fresh baked pastries that your eyes (and soon your stomach) feast upon. I have tried their morning roll, hazelnut brioche, chocolate cork, and one of their breads, and all delighted me. If you are craving chocolate the cork is fantastic, rich, dense, soaked in espresso, dusted with cocoa powder - a chocolate explosion for your taste buds. The brioche was a nice alternative to the sticky bun of many breakfasts, still had the delicious flavor packed middle (the best part of any dessert!) but had a flakier, almost croissant like consistency that melted in your mouth. Treat yourself to a few, and you have a nice tasty bite on the go.
  • The Lobster Shack 225 Two Lights Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107 (207) 799-1677

    4 stars Posted on 06/06/2010 05:00pm

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    The Lobster Shack is open seasonally Late March to Late October, with varied hours depending upon exactly when in their open months. Located on the water, with two fantastic views of lighthouses, and a short walk from a view of Portland Head Light. Outside and indoor seating, orders are called off by number and you serve and clean tables yourself. It is BYOB - which means you can grab your favorite local brews and bring them along for your lobster feast. I had the Lobster Roll, clam cake, and clam chowder. Everything that is fried is cooked in canola oil with no trans fat, that being said the clam cake was definitely all fry and no clam. Overcooked and too crispy, the only saving grace was dousing it in the tarter sauce. The clam chowder however, was light and delicious. A light broth base, without out the heavy cream thick consistency of many other chowders, and chock full of potatoes and clams. Finally the Lobster Roll, a toasted roll piled high with pieces of lobster and a huge dollop of mayonnaise. Market Price was $12 and that made it on par for other places in the area. Worth the drive, a mere 20 mins outside of downtown Portland.
  • Long Wharf 1 Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110 (617) 227-4321

    4 stars Posted on 05/11/2010 05:00pm

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    Maybe you are leaving the aquarium or looking for a good place to meet a blind date. Maybe it is beautiful out and you don't have a yacht to be on the water... this is the next best thing - with a full bar! (So maybe it IS better than a boat?) Or if you have a boat, by all means stop by, and then take me back with you! Joking aside, this place absolutely rocks. My first time here happened to be after a visit to the aquarium, prior to hitting other patio bars (like Tia's) and it beats Tia's hands down. Crowd is friendlier and the view is better - plus there are fishbowl cocktails!! My mouth is watering just thinking about it... in fact the first nice weather we get I am going to hit there... Prices are reasonable so grab a cocktail prior to your dinner reservation - either way for the view or the prices you cannot go wrong at The Landing.
  • 21st Amendment 150 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02108 (617) 227-7100

    5 stars Posted on 05/07/2010 05:00pm

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    Absolutely love 21st Amendment. Allagash is on draft - need I say more? The crowd is always solid - no pretentious uppity people - just high quality solid Bostonians. Regardless the time of day you can be guaranteed great service and an enjoyable experience. Friday nights it is a great stop for the downtown area - and often lacks the college crowd (huge plus for me - so over that) that you can find in Fan Hall. A lot of legislative aides and people from the State House frequent happy hour - and I prefer here to Beantown Pub any day. A fast walk from Park Street T stop leaving you able to head into any other part of Boston through either the green or red line. Beers range from the $4 to $6 range but are not limited to Bud/Coors. A must visit - maybe you will even catch me there.
  • Corner Room 110 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101 (207) 879-4747

    5 stars Posted on 05/02/2010 05:00pm

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    64 dollars bought: a bottle of pinot grigio, bottle of sparkling pellegrino, salt cod bruschetta, fiddlehead, truffle oil macaroni and cheese, lobster and scallop canneloni, and tiramisu. We ate the meal at a leisurely pace, and hands down one of the best meals I have eaten in ages. Everything was thoughtfully presented and melted in your mouth. You are supporting area business as opposed to your local Olive Garden. Bread is foccacia type served with a side rich olive oil, freshly ground pepper and sea salt. Downtown Portland has many great restaurants to offer, but this is a fantastic date restaurant - and a place to bring the whole family! Treat yourself to the best Italian food in Portland.
  • Caiola's 58 Pine St, Portland, ME 04102 (207) 772-1110

    5 stars Posted on 05/02/2010 05:00pm

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    The best brunch I have ever had - hands down. Creative morning drink menu - plus they can make anything you can think of - I stuck with a mimosa. Make sure you ask to hear what the specials are, as that is how I created my meal. I enjoyed an omelet with egg, carmelized onions, hangar steak, goat cheese, and sundried tomatoes. Absolutely amazing. One drawback I feel was the fact that the seafood of Maine was not incorporated into the menu save for some fish tacos. I appreciate places that add the lobster or crab into eggs benedict when on the seashore. Homefries were seasoned perfectly and accompanied by fresh baked toast. A great way to cap off the breakfast - especially if you want to continue the night if you like what you who you woke up to in the morning!
  • Gritty Mcduff's 396 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101 (207) 772-2739

    4 stars Posted on 05/02/2010 05:00pm

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    The only downside is having to share the picnic table with other people - which is fine in a group but can be a downside for a dating type environment. That said, I suggest this place as a great pre-hockey game stop, or even a first date meet up. I personally prefer sitting at the bar so I can look and face my date. Food wise - the gritty chips are a must, especially if you are only there to drink. I have tried a sampling of all their beers, and I must say my favorite remains to be their ale and belgian types (the best is gone due to winter being over). Vacationland their summer beer is now on tap - so head over and have a few brews as a break from your walking or pre-dinner time killer!
  • Novare Res Bier Cafe 4 Canal Plz, Portland, ME 04101 (207) 761-2437

    5 stars Posted on 05/02/2010 05:00pm

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    If you are part of a group where not everyone likes beer, fear not they do offer wine - however there is no full bar, and for good reason. You receive a menu that is pages upon pages of beer from around the world. Most recently they have added to their beer one that finishes like scotch - brewed in barrels of scotch. Higher percentage of alcohol than most - definitely worth considering as you peruse the menu. I have yet to try the food - however it is an absolutely great place to meet people, drink, and socialize. I enjoy Novare Res Bier Cafe as a place to go after meals and meet up with your friends to discuss the evening before heading home. Also a great spot after any sports game or theater event. If you like beer - then you need to try each and every brew.
  • Za Restaurant 350 3rd St, Cambridge, MA 02142 (617) 661-3866

    4 stars Posted on 04/29/2010 05:00pm

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    Dear Za, You are absolutely amazing. Tonight I had your salmon pizza that I love, and you made it wrong, however when I called you corrected it and made it amazing. Salmon, dill, capers, onions, creme fraiche... delectable. Even your ordinary pizzas are amazing... in fact kris10haley's picture sums up the delciousness. Continue your creativity... and people, please if you have not tried this venue get there right now! You are seriously missing out... although their alcohol menu lacks options - there is sure to be something you like... so try try try, and post your thoughts here for me to read. thoughts and love, Meghan