Food Traceability in Portland, Maine
When you dine in Portland, Maine, you can expect more than simply great tasting food. The talented chefs of Portland boast a flair for innovative flavors, and tantalizing new spins on standard fare, but above all, they value the freshest produce, meats and cheeses for their signature dishes. Nothing makes a recipe pop like fresh from the farm vegetables and ingredients that have been minimally processed. Food traceability tools like those offered by Advanced Traceability Solutions gives the renowned chefs of Portland a guarantee that the food they receive is the freshest. Food traceability means accountability at all stages of food harvest and transport, so we can all enjoy some of the best meals out in the Northeast.
If you haven’t yet dined in Portland, Maine, here is a sampling of the over 300 restaurants to whet your appetite!
The Farmer’s Table, Commercial Street
This waterview spot has one of best summer decks in the Old Port, hands down. Overlooking the bustle of Commercial Street, both upstairs and downstairs patios give you a view worthy of a post card. The food is locally sourced and the dedication to detail and full flavor comes through in all of the rustic, Mediterranean-style dishes. Stop by during the summer and fall months, they may still have the summer squash gnocchi (with house smoked pancetta, apples and local Parmesan cheese) or thick, grilled pork chop (with apple ginger chutney and polenta fries) on the menu!
Hot Suppa!, Congress Street
This west end hole-in-the-wall first gained notoriety in Portland for its off-beat name and mouthwatering Cubano sandwich. After several years of a reputation for one of the best brunches in town, they are now open for “suppa.” This comfort food will charm you and unique local art will make you feel extra hip. The menu is short and sweet, allowing the chef to focus on quality and consistency. The creamy mac and cheese (with grilled kielbasa),is always on point but we could go on and on about every item on this menu, from the breakfast burrito to the falafel salad, but really you should try for yourself!
Artemisia Café, Pleasant Street
This brunch joint is tucked away up on Pleasant Street where few Portlanders would roam if it was not for Artemisia’s fresh fare. A laid back, homey vibe makes dishes like the turkey sandwich, (served perfectly with cranberry mayo and stuffing, on homemade bread) even more enticing. It’s like having a mom make you lunch and dining in her house plant strewn living room. With both vegetarian and carnivorous dishes offered with equal passion, this café scores just as big with the flavor packed Portobello sandwich as it does with the juicy steak topped salad.
Figa, Congress Street
If you are in the mood for modern, upscale atmosphere, Spanish influenced flavor, Figa is the spot for you. The presentation of every course is both thoughtful and artful, from the dainty duck rilettes to their creative beet carpaccio (served with a melt-in-your-mouth dollop of goat cheese). The black bean quinoa cake with tomatillo salsa verde will have vegetarians on their knees and the hangar steak mohlo rita will send your taste buds into fits of rapture. As with most quality establishments in Portland, the ingredients are carefully sourced from nearby and practically everything except the linen napkins is prepared from scratch. An extra small dining room means you have to get here early!