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Porthole Brunch—On Budget (and on the water!)

21 Mar

Saturday was just too beautiful to spend lying around the house, and I woke up with a wild craving for a bloody mary and pancakes. Mark was lazing around the house when I bopped down the steps to see if he wanted to hit up the Porthole. Who was I kidding though? This man is always down for breakfast on the town.

So, we headed down to Commercial Street where it was bring your own parking space day (in addition to being St. Patty’s Day). Lucky us though, because thanks to Mark’s willingness to break every traffic law in the city, we scored spot right in front of Ri Ra’s Irish Pub thanks to an impromptu (and highly illegal) u-turn. SWEET!

The calm before the St. Patty's Day storm...

The Porthole was absolutely PACKED when we arrived. We were told it would be a 20-minute wait for breakfast so we stood at the bar and ordered a couple of drinks before we headed out to the deck for some people watching. We had only been outside for about five minutes when the waitress came to let us know there was a spot for two at the bar.

Porthole's Bloody Mary

We settled in right up front and it didn’t take us long to see how insanely busy this place actually was. It pretty much erupted with people from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and the bartenders were fetching (on average) 10 drinks at once. I don’t know how they kept up with it all and I was really sympathetic to the fact that they couldn’t even hand us menus for 15 minutes.

When we finally did get menus we decided rather quickly what wanted. Mark ordered the Graham Cracker Coconut French Toast that was on special.

Graham Cracker Coconut French Toast

I ordered the Lobsterman’s Breakfast, which comes with eggs, home fries, sausage, one pancake (I got blueberry), and whole wheat toast. I ordered all this in hopes that Mark was going to share it all with me.

Lobsterman's Breakfast

Blueberry Pancake at the Porthole in Portland, Maine.

Blueberry Pancake

The portions at Porthole are absolutely gigantic. My breakfast was less than $10 and it was enough to feed at least three people. The eggs were excellent, potatoes were awesome too, sausage was homemade and had just the right amount of spice…but that pancake was sweet deliciousness. My friend Laura has been talking about these for about a year now, and I know what she means. They are amazing.

Mark loved his French Toast too, and is kind of depressed that it’s not a regular menu item, but hey, maybe they’ll have it again sometime?

While the service was slow (it took 45 minutes to get our breakfast after we ordered), I have decided to give them a free pass since it was a holiday (and that place was being overrun by early morning drunk people). The Porthole is a great staple for a cheap brunch in the Old Port, and I have yet to be disappointed with their food. After we ate, we walked around, full bellied, and basked in the early spring sunshine. Who could ask for more?

Porthole Restaurant on Urbanspoon


I Didn’t Find Love at 158 Pickett Street

29 Jan

158 Pickett Street in South Portland

I’m actually embarrassed to admit this, but Mark and I had never been to 158 Pickett Street until last weekend. We decided to take a little drive in the snow with the puppies and initially we thought about going to Scratch, and then I suggested that we try 158. I had heard tons of good things, and many people have said they think their bagels are better than Scratch, so I was intrigued. I’m a hard bagel customer though, because in my mind there is nothing, absolutely nothing, better than a New York bagel. Truth be told, that level of bagel snobbery is what has kept me from eating here for so long.

We rolled in around 10:30 on Sunday morning and there was, surprisingly, no line. I have heard the lines in the summer can be epic, but not today. We felt lucky for a moment in time.

View from the counter

I ordered a cappuccino to go. They made it in a flash and it was delicious. It had a slightly unconventional amount of foam (as in hardly any), but was really good nonetheless. I also ordered a double chocolate hazelnut cookie to hopefully bring happiness to my life later.

Next came the bagel breakfast sandwich orders. I decided to go with The Canuck, which comes with Canadian bacon, cheese and egg. I decided to get this on an onion bagel.

The Canuck

It was fine in my opinion. Nothing out of the ordinary, and I couldn’t help but think I could have made one better at home. The onion bagel was chewy in a way that I have never experienced before. It was getting suck in all the wrong places and making my mouth raw from chewing. Trust me I love the chew and hate bagels toasted so I thought I would be thrilled with this place, but alas it was no Ess-A-Bagel or Murray’s. No kids, it just wasn’t even close. Sigh.

Mark went for a Sausage, Egg, and Cheddar Bagel on Onion.

Sausage, Egg and Cheddar on Onion sans Sausage. Not cool.

You will notice in this photo that there was absolutely no sausage on this. Another strike! I swear we couldn’t win for losing, and since we were parked out at Fort Williams Park trying to enjoy a quiet ride and breakfast there was no way to remedy this situation. He was crestfallen to say the least. I gave him half of mine to try to alleviate his heartache and contribute to his extreme need for protein.

Now, I am certainly not saying I would never eat here again, but this first impression wasn’t stellar. I have heard that their bagels and lox are awesome, as well as their omelets, so maybe I would go back and try one of those sometime? It’s going to be hard to convince my number one dining partner to go back there anytime soon though, he’s still upset (days after the fact) that he paid $6 for a sandwich that wasn’t even what he ordered. He also said he preferred frozen Lenders brand bagels, but I am sure that was just the anger talking. Sorry Pickett Street. We wanted to love you, but you just wouldn’t let us. Hopefully there will be an opportunity to redeem yourself at some point. Oh, and the cookie was a little dry—to add insult to injury.

158 Pickett Street Cafe on Urbanspoon

Bintliff’s American Cafe, the Cure for the Common Hangover

10 Apr

As per usual, we were out and about in Portland with our friends Ben and Laura, aka the cutest photographer and health coach we know! We had long made plans to go to Bintliff’s for brunch since they had never been, but plans kept getting spoiled and it took us three weeks to FINALLY go! Thank God we made it!

We decided to meet at 10 o’clock on a Saturday. This is just about the earliest any of us could muster the courage to go on a Saturday morning. When we go there, there was quite a line that had formed, but the good people at Bintliff’s, knowing people in need of caffeine are about one second away from a minor riot, had mugs and coffee available while we waited. Nice, crisis averted!

While we stood there, Ben and Laura told us that the hostess had estimated a 20 minute wait. Not too shabby, so we all gladly chatted, got caffeinated, and Ben nursed his small hangover from a pub crawl the evening before.

No sooner had we caught up on life then we were taken upstairs to our table. At the top of the stairs sat my friend, Laura, creator of the amazing street style blog Fore Front Fashion! So, obviously, Bintliff’s is the place to be on a Saturday for brunch!

We sat down and Ben and I decided to get their much talked about Bloody’s. My were they spectacular! Just the right amount of spicy horseradish and a salt and pepper rimed glass. Ben immediately started feeling the effects of the “hair of the dog” and was ready for a hearty breakfast!

Bintliff's Amazing Bloody. The cure for the common hangover.

After Ben started feeling better we all made our brunch selections. Laura and I were in a ‘lobsta’ kind of mood so she ordered the lobster benedict…

Lobster Benedict

and I ordered the lobster frittata with gruyere cheese, spinach, and tomatoes. Yum-O. Both of our lobster breakfasts came with a hearty portion of lobster, it was very fresh and delicious!

Lobster Frittata

Mark and Ben were feeling rather plain and opted for the regular Eggs Benedict. It wasn’t long before huge plates piled high with homemade potatoes (both russet and sweet) fried to perfection came out along with our beautiful egg plates.

Bintliff's Eggs Benedict

Overall, it was a great brunch with great friends. My husband, Mark, thinks they have the best eggs benedict in town! Unlimited cups of coffee are $1.99, bloody’s are $6.99, the lobster dishes were $14.99, and the plain benedict’s were $11.99. So, reasonably priced for the large amount of food you get. We left there so full we didn’t eat until 6:30 p.m. Now that’s what I call a hearty brunch!

Bintliff's American Cafe on Urbanspoon

Southwestern Egg Bake

25 Feb

Sometimes living so far from the boarder of Mexico makes me crave stuff that I know I just can’t have…like a real enchilada or chili poblano. So in order to satisfy these cravings (and they are sooo strong) I figure I either a) Move to Southern California or b) learn to cook some Southwestern style, Latin inspired dishes. WARNING: This version is going very Americanized as I was only using what was in my house this morning!

One pound sausage cooked and crumbled (Chorizo would be amazingly delicious in this)

6 large eggs

Dash of milk

Dash of hot sauce

1 red bell pepper cut into small chunks

1/2 bag frozen corn

1/4 cup pico de gallo ( I like Goya) or you can use Tomatillo salsa very delicious as well)

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (any spanish or mexican cheese, such as Queso Blanco or Chihuahua, if you can find them)

Salt (to taste)

Pepper (to taste)

Preheat the oven to 350º. Grease an 8 x 4 baking dish and layer with one cup of your desired cheese. Beat eggs and add a dash of milk. Salt and pepper the eggs. Add a dash of hot sauce. Beat again to mix. Pour over the cheese. Add corn, pico de gallo, and red pepper (you can also add diced onions or garlic if you wish). Mix together with a fork to blend all the ingredients together. Now bake it for 45-55 minutes. IT’S THAT EASY!

Enjoy, and don’t forget, Eat here. Go there.

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