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Maine Restaurant Week – March 1-14, 2015

Maine Restaurant Week has been such a hit…heck it’s TWO WEEKS starting Sunday, March 1, 2015 and running until March 14th! You’ll see once again there are many participating restaurants and eateries across the state with many concentrated here in Portland, Maine to delight your taste buds.

This years Maine Restaurant Week has a few interesting events planned like The Pancake Races at Bissell Brothers Brewing Company and the Chef-Am Bowling Tournament at Bayside Bowl.

The Signature Event this year is a food and cocktail pairing competition at Prime Mercedes Benz on US Route 1 in Scarborough on Sunday, March 8, from 530pm to 8pm. According to Maine Restaurant Week,

“Bartenders will work with their restaurant’s chef to invent cocktails that pair perfectly with flavors from the kitchen. The challenge is to create cocktails and dishes that play to each others strengths and deliver a unique cocktail and food tasting experience. Come ready to sip and taste your way through each of the pairings, cast votes for your favorites and help choose Maine’s top bartenders and chefs.”

This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $50 per person or $45 each for groups of four or more. Includes all cocktail and food pairings plus hors d’oeuvres and food stations.

Your 2015 Signature Event Competitors: Academe (Kennebunk), Sonny’s (Portland), David’s (Portland), 40 Paper (Camden), The Good Table Restaurant (Cape Elizabeth), Fuel (Lewiston), Lolita (Portland), Marche (Lewiston), Natalie’s (Camden), The Tavern (Brunswick), TIQA (Portland), and Timber (Portland)
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Drinking Made Easy with Zane Lamprey of HDNet films in Portland, Maine

HDNet television show Drinking Made Easy has been in Portland, Maine, over the past couple of days to film for their upcoming season.

Fans of the show are familiar with Zane Lamprey, co-host, who along with his drinking companion Steve visit various drinking establishments and restaurants across the country in sort of a road trip style approach, experiencing a variety of special drinks, local customs, and just have a heck of time doing what we all wish we could get paid to do for a living, drink and have a good time.

In following the crew, we understand they filmed at some well-known bars and restaurants, and even took in a brewery… is an educational show after all, right? This Thursday and Friday they made appearances at local favorite, The Great Lost Bear, which coupled with it’s 69 beers on tap and great atmosphere will represent Portland well on the show set to air this season. We will keep our eyes open here at on the Drinking Made Easy episode guide as to when the Portland, Maine episode will air.

Keeping a close eye on Twitter and Facebook, we discovered that filming also took place at Allagash Brewing Company, where they likely took a brewery tour of the facility and perhaps “sampled” Allagash Curieux that is aged in aged in bourbon barrels. Man, I think I need a beer now. After the trip to Allagash, Zane Lamprey and the crew visited Sonny’s on Exchange Street, Vignola on Dana Street, and Grace on Chestnut Street.

While I can understand making the visit to Allagash Brewery for the show, and stopping at Grace due to the character, charm, and fascination with drinking in a renovated and restored former church, I wonder about the details of the filming at Vignola. Don’t get me wrong, and my apologies to those employees, owners, and patrons of Vignola, but I pictured from my knowledge of the show that Drinking Made Easy would have preferred and made for better television a visit to Novare Res, Gritty’s, or Three Dollar Dewey’s….all great establishments, well-frequented by the locals who appreciate their beer, and would be your typical followers of the show.

Either way, we greatly appreciate Zane’s visit to Portland, Maine, and look forward to viewing the episode when it airs later this year. We’ll keep you posted. Until then, have a nice cold one to cool off this summer, it appears it will be a warm one again in Portland.

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Cinco de Mayo Taco Fest at RiRa Portland – Thursday, May 5

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Portland with the Irish…Yeah that’s right, and the folks at RiRa who believe “Everyone’s Irish on Paddy’s Day”, say why can’t the Irish be Mexican on Cinco de Mayo?!
How would an Irish Pub celebrate Cinco de Mayo…of course with a TACO EATING CONTEST! – Whoever eats the given number of tacos the fastest wins! Space is limited, so stop into RiRa today to register and eat your way towards a $100 Gift Card. No cover or registration fee. A DJ will be droppin’ the beats from 6:30-9:30pm and Dos Equis will be on special for $2.50.
Visit RiRa at 62 Commercial Street, Portland, on May 5, 2011, for Cinco de Mayo Taco Fest and enjoy another great Thursday in downtown Portland, Maine.
If a Taco Eating Contest is not your thing, we are sure that you will find some other fun happenings on Cinco de Mayo in the Portland area at Margarita’s, Amigo’s, El Rayo Taqueria, On The Border, Tortilla Flat, Fajita Grill, Sonny’s and perhaps Havana South among others…take your pick Portland!
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Maine Restaurant Week – Portland, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, OOB

Maine Restaurant Week began Sunday, October 24, and continues through Halloween, Sunday, October 31, as some great restaurants across Maine offer special three-course dinners at either $20, $30, or $40, which we remind you do not include beverages, taxes, or your service tip.

Here in Greater Portland there are many wonderful restaurants like Back Bay Grill, Corner Room, and Old Port Sea Grill, among many others which will likely have a great following this week as usual, thus we encourage you to call ahead and make reservations if possible.

You’ll also be interested to know if you work in downtown Portland that a number of restaurants are offering Maine Restaurant Week specials during lunch…. David’s, Siano’s Old Port, Bull Feeney’s, and Sonny’s are a few of the establishments participating in the lunch special this week.

To learn more about Maine Restaurant Week and those restaurants participating, please visit

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Sonny’s – Opening soon at 83 Exchange Street

Add another restaurant to the Old Port, as the former site of O’Naturals Portland will soon be occupied again as a new restaurant, Sonny’s, graces the 83 Exchange Street location. Named for the owner, Jay Villani’s son, Sonny’s menu will feature Tex-Mex and South American dishes.

Sonny’s plans to open on Friday, January 8, and I wish them great success. One would imagine they will do just fine with Walter’s having moved from Exchange Street to Portland Square, and the fact Villani already has done well and established a following with his current restaurant, Local 188. Perhaps we will see some Mediterranean influence from Local 188 at Sonny’s.

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