2016-01-29 / Business Review

Local Dining

Entertaining Destinations

Sea Dog Brewing Company Maine Owned/ Maine Brewed

Sea Dog Brewing Company located at 125 Western Avenue in South Portland is known for serving non-traditional pub fare. General Manager Dale Carrier says they proudly source local and sustainable ingredients for both its regular menu and specials. “Being a Maine owned business, we strive to offer the best seasonal products from local farmers, fisherman, bakeries and dairies.” The menu ranges from pub favorites like wings and nachos to seafood, pasta, steaks and burgers, salads and many gluten free options. The Sea Dog also serves fresh, award-winning brews with monthly beer releases at all of its pubs. The Sea Dog is open daily from 11 am to 1 am and serving breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm with a “Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar”. The Sea Dog brew pub in South Portland also features a private space for baby showers, family gatherings and business meetings. Please visit our website for updates and to view our menu at http://www.seadogbrewing.com

Locals and hotel guests alike gather at the fireplace lounge and intimate Sea Glass restaurant at Inn by the Sea to savor Chef Sicinski’s fresh seasonal menus and take in the pan oramic ocean views. Perched above sandy Crescent Beach, with sweeping Atlantic vistas and lobster boats on the horizon, Sea Glass offers an inspired menu featuring high quality produce, fish, meat, vegan and vegetarian offerings, paired with a wine list of over 200 labels and 2,400 bottles. (Wine Spectator Award of Excellence)

Sicinski’s progressive cooking style evolved with an unlikely melding of classical French training at Le Cordon Bleu, a passion for rusticity and years of experience pioneering SPA cuisine where wellness was incorporated into menus. The Chef merges old school technique with constant innovation.

Samplings of the changing winter menu include Bone in Filet Mignon with a zucchini potato tart, Sea Scallops with risotto carbonara, a Vegan Shepherd’s Pie with mushrooms and vegan gravy, Chopped Salad with romaine, sunflower seeds and butternut squash guacamole, Lobster Shrimp Dumplings with soy sauce, or Duck Spring Rolls with sweet cabbage.

Sicinski believes in developing dishes he enjoys, crafting them to be both delectable and approachable. “I think people are moving away from showy presentations and pretension, and are more interested in simple food that tastes great,” says the Chef who sees his food as stylishly unfussy. “Making use of the best ingredients available, whether farmed, crafted or caught is a priority,”says Sicinski.

Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily and Sunday brunch, Sea Glass Restaurant is open year-round and welcomes the public. Sea Glass hosts paired wine and beer dinners and special occasion events such as menus for Easter or Mother’s Day. To stay up to date on special offerings visit Facebook Inn by the Sea or www.InnbytheSea. com to view current menus. The restaurant accepts parties up to 8, larger parties are invited to book the Cove Room which seats up to 20.

FROM “ FREE CHIPS & SALSA” , EL RODEO IS THE MEXICAN RESTAURANT IN SOUTH PORTLAND YOU SHOULD NOT PASS-UP!

El Rodeo found its home in South Portland almost 3 years ago. Independently owned & operated with the owner always on premise working hand in hand with his staff!

We make our food from the freshest ingredients and cook everything from scratch following family recipes everyday.

From free chips and salsa to the endless variety of build-your-own burritos and from yummy deserts like the xango —a creamy cheesecake wrapped in pastry tortilla, fried and dusted with cinnamon and sugar — to 50 cent buffalo wings during happy hour and a veritable rainbow of flavored Margaritas. Our premium margaritas are made with fresh squeezed lime juice.

Our menu takes you around Mexico by presenting authentic food from every region of the country.

Just remember that when you walk into El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant, you are family!

Nellie’s Tea & Gifts in South Portland is “all about tea”

Nellie’s Tea & Gifts in South Portland is “all about tea”. Named for the British grandmother of owner Marianne Russo, what started as a dream of owning a “little English tea room” has developed into a passion that seeks to celebrate the many cultures of tea. Recently celebrating 12 years in business, our goal is to help interested community members learn more about this diverse, ages old leaf, to provide a place and atmosphere which celebrates the civility of tea, and to share our passion for learning and tasting. In addition to offering retail tea and related accoutrements and gifts, we frequently host in-house tastings and classes, tea events throughout the community, education to community groups, as well as catered tea parties. We welcome you to stop in for a quiet cup of tea in our casual setting, or can arrange a full tea party by reservation. Marianne is the only tea you enjoy. The truth is, green tea does not have to taste awful! Let us Fri 10–5 and Sat. 10-3; other times by appointment. www.nelliestea.com

Docks Seafood... A great place to tie up!

Docks Seafood of South Portland is a family owned and market where you can enjoy great local fare in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. At local seafood that Maine has to including haddock, dry scallops, calamari, lobster meat & crab meat, smelts, smoked haddock, live lobsters & steamers, fresh made crab cakes and crab stuffed mushrooms.

Our full service menu offers: Fried, Baked, Grilled Seafood, Pastas, Salads, Sandwiches, Chicken, Burgers, Hot Chowders and more.

Local favorites include Lobster Mac & Cheese, Lobster or Seafood Pie, Baked Stuffed Haddock, Scallop Newburg, Finnan Haddie, Seafood Alfredo and our own pan seared Crab Cakes. Happy hour appetizers 3pm to 6pm, always BYOB. Open 7 days a week 9am to 8pm. Kitchen opens at 11am.

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