Restaurant Reviews Archive

April 2013 A sleek, stylish Thai restaurant takes off in Boston’s South End thanks to the talent and hospitality of a daring Rangeley chef and his daughter. By Colin S. […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Road Warrior: On the Equator

April 2013 A sleek, stylish Thai restaurant takes off in Boston’s South End thanks to the talent and hospitality of a daring Rangeley chef and his daughter. By Colin S. […]

February/March 2013 HAUTE OCTANE Fuel glows brightly with gourmet French cuisine in Lewiston’s historic Lyceum Hall By Diane Hudson We’re fired up over Fuel. The Lewiston landmark is overwhelmingly popular–even […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Fuel

February/March 2013 HAUTE OCTANE Fuel glows brightly with gourmet French cuisine in Lewiston’s historic Lyceum Hall By Diane Hudson We’re fired up over Fuel. The Lewiston landmark is overwhelmingly popular–even […]

Winterguide 2013 Venezuelan arepas may just be the cure for a Maine winter. by Diane Hudson Maine’s new and perhaps only Venezuelan restaurant, Luis’s Arepara & Grill, is located, not […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Caracas in Saco

Winterguide 2013 Venezuelan arepas may just be the cure for a Maine winter. by Diane Hudson Maine’s new and perhaps only Venezuelan restaurant, Luis’s Arepara & Grill, is located, not […]

Best Wurst in Town! Schulte & Herr’s classic German küche warms the heart. By Diane Hudson We met in my hometown of Paderborn [250 miles west of Berlin] while Brian was […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Schulte & Herr

Best Wurst in Town! Schulte & Herr’s classic German küche warms the heart. By Diane Hudson We met in my hometown of Paderborn [250 miles west of Berlin] while Brian was […]

Go Figa Dining here whisks you breathlessly around the world. By Diane Hudson Like the iconic good luck talisman the figa, with origins traced from Brazil to Africa, Greece, and […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Figa

Go Figa Dining here whisks you breathlessly around the world. By Diane Hudson Like the iconic good luck talisman the figa, with origins traced from Brazil to Africa, Greece, and […]

Zen & the Art of Far East Cuisine Zen poet Li Bai described life as a “big dream,” but at Portland’s new Zen Chinese Bistro, the reality is delicious. The […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Zen Chinese Bistro

Zen & the Art of Far East Cuisine Zen poet Li Bai described life as a “big dream,” but at Portland’s new Zen Chinese Bistro, the reality is delicious. The […]

Shuck & Thrive Eventide Oyster Company ups the ante for the rest of the bed. Review by Diane Hudson We talk of many things: shoes, ships, sealing wax, cabbages, and […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Eventide Oyster Company

Shuck & Thrive Eventide Oyster Company ups the ante for the rest of the bed. Review by Diane Hudson We talk of many things: shoes, ships, sealing wax, cabbages, and […]

The Write Stuff By Diane Hudson Prepare to sound your barbaric yawp of praise over the rooftops of Portland. This is LFK. I feel like I’m in Paris,” quips a […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

LFK

The Write Stuff By Diane Hudson Prepare to sound your barbaric yawp of praise over the rooftops of Portland. This is LFK. I feel like I’m in Paris,” quips a […]

Singular Sensations By Diane Hudson Solo Bistro has you at buon giorno, with its friendly lighting, Angela Adams hooked rugs hanging from warm brick walls, brightly colored chairs, crafted wood […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Solo Bistro

Singular Sensations By Diane Hudson Solo Bistro has you at buon giorno, with its friendly lighting, Angela Adams hooked rugs hanging from warm brick walls, brightly colored chairs, crafted wood […]

May 2012 Whistle Stop When you pull into Brunswick Station, prepare for the coast’s freshest seafood. by Diane Hudson Lured from Boston to Maine by Olympia Companies (Inn by the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Tavern at Brunswick Station

May 2012 Whistle Stop When you pull into Brunswick Station, prepare for the coast’s freshest seafood. by Diane Hudson Lured from Boston to Maine by Olympia Companies (Inn by the […]

April 2012 By Diane Hudson Capt. Fabulous There’s something shape-shifting about dining at a restaurant that’s part of an inn. You slip in from the street and find yourself lavished […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

No. 10 Water

April 2012 By Diane Hudson Capt. Fabulous There’s something shape-shifting about dining at a restaurant that’s part of an inn. You slip in from the street and find yourself lavished […]

February/March 2012 Café Caliente The new kid on Saint John Street shows us a thing or two about Latin entrées. By Diane Hudson Although it doesn’t bill itself as a […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Sabor Latino

February/March 2012 Café Caliente The new kid on Saint John Street shows us a thing or two about Latin entrées. By Diane Hudson Although it doesn’t bill itself as a […]

Winterguide 2012 Method Dining Nestled close to Portland Stage Co., Katahdin delivers on a promised performance. By Diane Hudson Walk into Katahdin, climb onto a comfy leather bar stools, and […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Katahdin

Winterguide 2012 Method Dining Nestled close to Portland Stage Co., Katahdin delivers on a promised performance. By Diane Hudson Walk into Katahdin, climb onto a comfy leather bar stools, and […]

December 2011 Head of the Class By Diane Hudson Kennebunk Inn’s surprising new “Academe.” Inspired by Cat Cora’s praise for Academe Brasserie and Tavern’s Lobster Pot Pie on Food Network’s […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Academe Brasserie and Tavern

December 2011 Head of the Class By Diane Hudson Kennebunk Inn’s surprising new “Academe.” Inspired by Cat Cora’s praise for Academe Brasserie and Tavern’s Lobster Pot Pie on Food Network’s […]

November 2011 Finding Fez By Diane Hudson Abraham Lembara is co-owner and chef at Fez on Washington Avenue. Born in Morocco, he spent 2.5 years at the Miami Culinary Institute […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Fez Mediterranean Cuisine

November 2011 Finding Fez By Diane Hudson Abraham Lembara is co-owner and chef at Fez on Washington Avenue. Born in Morocco, he spent 2.5 years at the Miami Culinary Institute […]

October 2011 Sailor’s Delight By Colin Sargent Handy Boat Yard has always been a must-stop watering hole for yachtsmen since Merle Hallett held court here as owner of The Galley […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Falmouth Sea Grill

October 2011 Sailor’s Delight By Colin Sargent Handy Boat Yard has always been a must-stop watering hole for yachtsmen since Merle Hallett held court here as owner of The Galley […]

September 2011 ¡Holy Mole! Pedro’s brings a piquant-touch to Kennebunk. Never thought I’d go to Kennebunk’s Lower Village to get my mojito on, but there it is, a delight to […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Pedro’s

September 2011 ¡Holy Mole! Pedro’s brings a piquant-touch to Kennebunk. Never thought I’d go to Kennebunk’s Lower Village to get my mojito on, but there it is, a delight to […]

July/August 2011 By Diane Hudson In the Zone After-work oasis is defining the city’s studio area as its own District. District’s assistant manager, Justin Roig, loves the seven-month-old bistro’s new […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

District

July/August 2011 By Diane Hudson In the Zone After-work oasis is defining the city’s studio area as its own District. District’s assistant manager, Justin Roig, loves the seven-month-old bistro’s new […]

Summerguide 2011 By Diane Hudson Postcards From Bologna Theme dinners at Arrows let you travel the world and return to Ogunquit in time to catch a show. Arrows is going […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Arrows Restaurant

Summerguide 2011 By Diane Hudson Postcards From Bologna Theme dinners at Arrows let you travel the world and return to Ogunquit in time to catch a show. Arrows is going […]

May 2011 Portland’s new bistro in Longfellow Square “has the peach” and is at the top of its game. By Diane Hudson Welcome Petite Jacqueline! The impressive French bistro is […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Petite Jacqueline

May 2011 Portland’s new bistro in Longfellow Square “has the peach” and is at the top of its game. By Diane Hudson Welcome Petite Jacqueline! The impressive French bistro is […]

April 2011 By Diane Hudson Northern Comfort Buck’s ‘Naked’ lunch and dinner is down & delicious–roadhouse style. Upon entering the rough but warm roadhouse atmosphere, immediately it hits you–the aroma […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Buck’s Naked BBQ

April 2011 By Diane Hudson Northern Comfort Buck’s ‘Naked’ lunch and dinner is down & delicious–roadhouse style. Upon entering the rough but warm roadhouse atmosphere, immediately it hits you–the aroma […]

February/March 2011 By Diane Hudson Base Camp Sugarloaf’s beloved Italian hot spot comes down from the mount to delight Falmouth diners. Located in the former haunts of Johnny’s Bistro, Hug’s […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Hug’s Italian Restaurant

February/March 2011 By Diane Hudson Base Camp Sugarloaf’s beloved Italian hot spot comes down from the mount to delight Falmouth diners. Located in the former haunts of Johnny’s Bistro, Hug’s […]

Winterguide 2011 By Diane Hudson Jacques Brel* ‘Likes’ This… *Theatricality is alive and well and living in the Old Port at The Salt Exchange. Tonight, our stop is nothing short […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

The Salt Exchange

Winterguide 2011 By Diane Hudson Jacques Brel* ‘Likes’ This… *Theatricality is alive and well and living in the Old Port at The Salt Exchange. Tonight, our stop is nothing short […]

December 2010 Big Heart By Colin W. Sargent On a chilly December evening, you can’t beat Little Seoul. Exciting, perfectly located Little Seoul doesn’t just offer one kind of kimchi. […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Little Seoul

December 2010 Big Heart By Colin W. Sargent On a chilly December evening, you can’t beat Little Seoul. Exciting, perfectly located Little Seoul doesn’t just offer one kind of kimchi. […]

Love is in the island air and on the plate at the newly renovated Nebo Lodge Restaurant. By Karen E. Hofreiter Amanda stole my heart with kale chips. A less confident […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Nebo Lodge Restaurant – Haven Scent

Love is in the island air and on the plate at the newly renovated Nebo Lodge Restaurant. By Karen E. Hofreiter Amanda stole my heart with kale chips. A less confident […]

October 2010 A new venue sets the stage for a flawless, palate-pleasing performance. Review by Diane Hudson It’s as snappy and spare as a David Mamet play, the playbill’s the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Walter’s

October 2010 A new venue sets the stage for a flawless, palate-pleasing performance. Review by Diane Hudson It’s as snappy and spare as a David Mamet play, the playbill’s the […]

September 2010 Isle of Right Chebeague Island Inn’s killer new chef is dead on. Review by Diane Hudson Chef Justin Rowe has a driving passion which happens to be driving […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Chebeague Island Inn

September 2010 Isle of Right Chebeague Island Inn’s killer new chef is dead on. Review by Diane Hudson Chef Justin Rowe has a driving passion which happens to be driving […]

July / August 2010 Italian for Beginners A new owner adds spark to a Boothbay Harbor landmark. Review by Diane Hudson What to do when you learn that the restaurant […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Ports of Italy

July / August 2010 Italian for Beginners A new owner adds spark to a Boothbay Harbor landmark. Review by Diane Hudson What to do when you learn that the restaurant […]

Summerguide 2010 Dinner Upstaged With seaside dining this spectacular, 
you might just forget to eat. by Colin W. Sargent Life is sweet on Newport Drive, where supper on the Terrace […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Terrace Grille & Reading Room Restaurant

Summerguide 2010 Dinner Upstaged With seaside dining this spectacular, 
you might just forget to eat. by Colin W. Sargent Life is sweet on Newport Drive, where supper on the Terrace […]

May 2010 Raising the Bar On 551 Congress Street, Nosh becomes posh at the new “Kitchen Bar.” By Diane Hudson Walking into Nosh, on the corner of Congress and Oak streets […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Nosh

May 2010 Raising the Bar On 551 Congress Street, Nosh becomes posh at the new “Kitchen Bar.” By Diane Hudson Walking into Nosh, on the corner of Congress and Oak streets […]

April 2010 Magic Night Natalie’s at Camden Harbour Inn 
sparkles on a picturesque hill. By Diane Hudson What better place to explore the heights of culinary exploration than at beautiful […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Natalie’s at Camden Harbour Inn

April 2010 Magic Night Natalie’s at Camden Harbour Inn 
sparkles on a picturesque hill. By Diane Hudson What better place to explore the heights of culinary exploration than at beautiful […]

Sonny’s Delights Where O’Naturals and F. Parker Reidy’s thrived, Local 188’s new sister bistro now makes a happy noise in the Old Port. By Diane Hudson Think of Sonny’s as an […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Sonny’s

Sonny’s Delights Where O’Naturals and F. Parker Reidy’s thrived, Local 188’s new sister bistro now makes a happy noise in the Old Port. By Diane Hudson Think of Sonny’s as an […]

Lovely Fish Bones Lewiston’s snappy fish house is anything but run-of-the-mill. by Diane Hudson Built in 1850, Bates Mill is an architectural wonder of Maine, once drawing throngs of workers. […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Fish Bones American Grill

Lovely Fish Bones Lewiston’s snappy fish house is anything but run-of-the-mill. by Diane Hudson Built in 1850, Bates Mill is an architectural wonder of Maine, once drawing throngs of workers. […]

December 2009 Turning a Corner Winter crowds are delighted with the zesty new Italian restaurant where Exchange meets Federal meets delicious. Here’s why there’s always a line outside the door of […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

The Corner Room

December 2009 Turning a Corner Winter crowds are delighted with the zesty new Italian restaurant where Exchange meets Federal meets delicious. Here’s why there’s always a line outside the door of […]

November 2009 Grace Notes – Open the doors, and see all the people. If Chestnut Street Church had attracted crowds like this, it would still be a church. Transformed by a […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Grace

November 2009 Grace Notes – Open the doors, and see all the people. If Chestnut Street Church had attracted crowds like this, it would still be a church. Transformed by a […]

October 2009 Chichi Sushi Adorable Food Factory Miyake blends exciting flavors with acclaim on the Travel Channel and in Bon Appetit. Diminutive as a bento box on an alley corner between […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Miyake

October 2009 Chichi Sushi Adorable Food Factory Miyake blends exciting flavors with acclaim on the Travel Channel and in Bon Appetit. Diminutive as a bento box on an alley corner between […]

September 2009 Ogunquit’s 98 Provence: Venez-vous ici souvent? Not nearly enough! Clipping fresh herbs from her lovely gardens as diners approach, Johanne Hazeltine is all Monet in her sun-dappled dress, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Provençal Poetry

September 2009 Ogunquit’s 98 Provence: Venez-vous ici souvent? Not nearly enough! Clipping fresh herbs from her lovely gardens as diners approach, Johanne Hazeltine is all Monet in her sun-dappled dress, […]

July / August 2009 Presidential Range It’s a Yankee Olympus at Cape Arundel Inn, above clouds of sea roses. With views from every window towards Walker’s Point (which we have […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Cape Arundel Inn

July / August 2009 Presidential Range It’s a Yankee Olympus at Cape Arundel Inn, above clouds of sea roses. With views from every window towards Walker’s Point (which we have […]

Island Whirl Peaks Islanders consider the pub at the Inn on Peaks a private secret. But weekend after weekend, funloving crowds from the mainland have something else in mind. If […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Inn on Peaks Island

Island Whirl Peaks Islanders consider the pub at the Inn on Peaks a private secret. But weekend after weekend, funloving crowds from the mainland have something else in mind. If […]

Melody on the Rocks In Rockland, great art like this deserves to draw crowds Culinary Institute of America grad Melody Wolfertz is sizzling as chef/owner of In Good Company. A […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

In Good Company

Melody on the Rocks In Rockland, great art like this deserves to draw crowds Culinary Institute of America grad Melody Wolfertz is sizzling as chef/owner of In Good Company. A […]