Ask a Chef: Rob Evans, Where Should We Eat in Portland, Maine?

Rob Evans

Though it is said that Maine is the way life should be, it can't hurt to know where to find the state's best eats. We asked 2009 JBF Award winner Rob Evans of Hugo's to tell us about the best restaurants in the budding culinary mecca of Portland.

Late-Night
Boda (207.347.7557, 671 Congress Street)
“They have one of the best late-night snack menus in town, serving food until 1:00 a.m. They serve Thai tapas and even have an industry discount night.”

Quintessential Maine
Fore Street (207.775.2717, 288 Fore Street)
“The cornerstone of Portland restaurants. Fore Street always serves fresh local farm ingredients in an atmosphere that is

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Food Matters: What We Loved in 2009

As we resolve to eat less and exercise more at the start of this new year, we can't help but think of some of the delicious stand-outs we enjoyed in 2009. (Does dreaming burn calories?) Even in such an unsettling year for the industry, there was no shortage of fantastic food. Below are the dishes that left us satisfied, smiling, or even speechless. We can't wait to taste what's in store for 2010.


Sun Gold tomatoes with parsley and olive oil panna cotta / Hugo’s, Portland, ME
JBF Award Winner Rob Evans once worked at the French Laundry, and he masters its philosophy in this sublime appetizer: tasteful creativity paired with ingredients in their prime.


Crispy pig's ear salad with tarbais beans, chicory, tomato confit, truffle vinaigrette, and poached quail egg / Pig and Pinot Feast, James Beard House

2009 may have been an errant year for Ryan Skeen, but memories of his superb Beard House dinner have us... Read more >

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