Amy Anderson: Dining Dish, Lifestyle
Dining Dish: Help for SOS, kudos for OhNo, sweets in SoPo
The fourth annual Maine Restaurant Week is over, but four restaurants are still offering deals and donating a portion of their proceeds to Share Our Strength. Sister restaurants Miyake and Pai Men, both in Portland, and Grace in Portland and the Foreside Tavern in Falmouth are participating in the Share Our Strength’s Dine Out: No Kid Hungry throughout March.
Miyake, at 468 Fore St., will donate $1 from each $30, three-course special menu and up to $3 from the restaurant's seven-course tasting dinner menu all month long. Pai Men, at 188 State St., will donate $1 from each order of its $23, three-course menu.
Grace, at 15 Chestnut St., will contribute $1 from each $40, three-course menu, and the Foreside Tavern, 270 Route 1 in Falmouth, will donate $1 from each $30, three-course menu. Both promotions runs until March 18.
In addition to the Dine Out: No Kid Hungry campaign, funds raised will continue to support the Good Shepherd Food Bank, The Preble Street Teen Center, Cultivating Community and The Opportunity Alliance.
The "No. 1" breakfast sandwich at OhNo Café, 87 Brackett St., Portland, was named one of the best breakfast sandwiches in the United States by Food and Wine magazine. The bagel sandwich is made with maple-glazed prosciutto, Tabasco, Vermont cheddar and an egg.
Rosemont Produce Co., 5 Commercial Street in Portland, opened March 5 and will be open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., for fresh, local produce.
The 26th annual Chocolate Lovers' Fling is on Sunday, April 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland General admission tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and children under 10 are free. VIP tickets for adults are $50 and $10 for children. To purchase tickets call 828-1035 or visit any Bull Moose location. All proceeds benefit Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine.
In South Portland, Sweet Marguerites Chocolate Café will open at 378a Cottage Road, near David's 388 restaurant and Julchris Cookies. Owner Meg Swoboda said the store will have a chocolate production area and retail space serving chocolates, espresso and coffee drinks, hot chocolate, and scones and cookies. There will be five tables and Internet access. They hope to open by March 17, Swoboda said.
Also in South Portland, Cambridge Coffee Bar and Bakehouse will launch a new Lunch On-The-Go business and focus on catering. The cafe, located on 740 Broadway, has new hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Lunch On-The-Go program allows customers to order food by phone, then pick up their order up using the drive-thru.
For the third year, The Good Table, 527 Ocean House Road in Cape Elizabeth, won the Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off at Sea Dog Brewery in South Portland. The event marks the end of Maine Restaurant Week and raised $4,000 for the Preble Street Resource Center. The winning dish was the creme brulee French toast. First and second runners-up were Sea Dog and Bintliff’s Restaurant, Oqunquit. Other participating restaurants included Congdon’s in Wells, the Farmer’s Table, The Good Egg Café, The Port Hole, Petite Jacqueline and Silly’s.
The Good Table is also closed through Monday, March 19, to build a new bar. When it reopens, there will be more beer on tap, a new and innovative cocktail list and bar menu. The restaurant will offer "bites on the house" Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and the front porch will serve as an outdoor bar area in the summer.