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Black trumpets, wild blueberries, yes, lobster, and Maine miche

The abundant wild mushrooms and ramps, the scallops and steamers and sourdough, the perennial rhubarb and raspberries, and new potatoes unearthed despite the beetles especially thrill me.
 Bountiful Maine
By LAURA MCCANDLISH  |  August 08, 2013

An intimate look at New England’s most popular crustacean, the lobster: Its hopes, needs, values and future

Let’s face it -- that is, assuming that you can stand to face something that looks as though it ought to be using John Agar to clean pieces of Tucson out of its teeth.  
Inordinate claws: The ugliest fruit of the sea
By CHARLES P. PIERCE  |  April 03, 2013

In East Providence, raffling meat and lobster

It is Saturday night at the Lincoln Bar & Grille in East Providence and Big Bill is in firm command of the room. He's the kind of guy known in these parts as "funny as a bastard." Flirts with the women. Zings the men.

By VICTOR PAUL ALVAREZ  |  November 23, 2012

Review: Iron Works Tavern

They damn well better serve steaks at the Iron Works Tavern.
Fittingly hearty fare (and much more)
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 01, 2012

Casco Bay’s restaurants, bars, + markets

The islands of Casco Bay may seem remote (especially in the winter), but some are as close as a 20-minute ferry ride. As summer approaches, take a break from Portland's busy foodie scene and treat yourself to the tastes of the islands — after a breezy,
Island hopping
By AMY ANDERSON  |  May 25, 2012

Review: Trafford

Sometimes a beautiful location is as far as a restaurant gets when it sets up shop.
More than a nice view
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 16, 2011


Playing tourist

Last weekend, more than 2300 people stepped off cruise ships into the Old Port seeking all things Maine: lobster, anything blueberry, and a taste of the way life should be (some probably hoped to spot a moose on the corner of Fore and Exchange).
Experiencing Portland like a visitor — and liking it
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  August 19, 2011
chinese food red lantern

Review: Red Lantern

Red Lantern's menu (and the design of the giant room) hedges its bets — there's a decent sushi bar, a drinking bar with sports on the TVs, a flurry of hot-pot tables, and some serious steaks.
Nostalgic fusion with so much for so many
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 12, 2011

Food on the move

Maine and lobsters: There's just no escaping the association.
Could a Fort Williams lobster-roll trailer one day cruise the Old Port?
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  July 22, 2011
seafood at Aragosta

Review: Aragosta Bar and Bistro

Sensing, the previous restaurant in this Battery Wharf hotel/condo development, was locavore and high-church French, but too subtle. Aragosta proposes to solve that problem with a more robust cuisine focused on the most local of all ingredients: seafood.
A robust Italian take on locavore cuisine
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 01, 2011

Review: Pal's Restaurant

The logo for Pal's is a cartoon of two smiling men in high-collar period suits.
Good ingredients, well-prepared, can't lose
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 15, 2011

Review: The Fish Market

The first encouraging sign was that the two men greeting us beaming broadly were the host and, we later learned, the executive chef. These guys were clearly happy. Business must be doing well.
Already has its sea legs
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 08, 2011

Sparkle on Valentine’s Day

There are three basic Valentine's Day tactics: You can forget it and be forced to sleep outside with the large furry dog. Second, you can go out to dinner. Or, you can cook dinner in with a bottle of bubbly accompaniment.
Wine love
By LAYNE WITHERELL  |  February 11, 2011

Review: Shelter Harbor Inn

It was one of those gloriously warm Columbus Day weekends, and we could have sat on one of Shelter Harbor Inn's outdoor decks, but we chose the next best thing: the "Sun Porch," surrounded on three sides by windows, an open-beamed, white-walled, blue-ac
An old favorite continues to delight
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 29, 2010

Providence Student Survival Guide: List of lists

It's back-to-campus time. You've got shopping lists, book lists, syllabi, class rosters, and Facebook. Who would possibly think you could handle more lists? We would, that's who.
New to Vo Dilun? Trust us, you need this
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 03, 2010

50 things to eat in Maine this summer [6-10]

The next five in our list of summer must-eats/drinks:Lobster roll from the Lobster Shack at Two Lights (225 Two Lights Rd., Cape Elizabeth). Eaten on...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  June 17, 2010


Bistro du Midi

Bistro du Midi purports to serve "authentic Provençal" cuisine, but Midi actually refers to all of southern France.
Fine, but not necessarily French
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 12, 2010

The Regal Beagle

The Regal Beagle is making a quick success doing what almost all the new restaurants want to do: small plates; comfort food with a gourmet twist; a mixture of high and low; a bit of locovore, green, and slow fare; some salty fast food; interesting drinks
A quirky neighborhood that puts all the pieces together
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 15, 2010

Jade Garden Seafood Restaurant

Ready for some reasonably priced lobster after years of paying too much? You’re in luck, since a price war seems to be unfolding on the streets of Chinatown, with various window signs advertising twin lobsters in ginger and scallion for as low as $14.95.
Fresh as can be and well-priced. What’s the catch?
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 06, 2009

Las Vegas paper talks lobster

I'm not sure why, but the leading paper in the land-locked state of Nevada editorialized about Maine...
By Jeff Inglis  |  June 26, 2009

Johnnie's on the Side

This large space has always housed attractive restaurants, despite violating two of Nadeau's laws: Eateth Not Within 1000 Cubits of a Government Institution; and Ditto for Sports Stadia.
The Front of the House is at the head of its class
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 30, 2008