And we’re back with the third installment of Portland Restaurant Week on Just Add Cheese. This Maine love fest might even end up going into the middle of next week because there’s just that many awesome spots in Portland, and of course we did nothing but stuff face when we were there. So, if you haven’t decided to take the next bus to Portland after reading about Local 188 and Eventide, this one might be the one to seal the deal.
Our friend Mel who put us up for the weekend also happens to be the bartender at Petite Jacqueline, a french bistro in Portland’s West End. We hit up Eventide right before dinner which was both a great idea and a bad idea. Great idea because Eventide was un-effing-believable, bad idea because we weren’t that hungry when we got to Petite Jacqueline. First world problems, I know. But you would have been upset too if you couldn’t order everything on their menu, which is traditional French Bistro fare with local Maine ingredients. Oh and they have a menu solely devoted to cheese…
Before going HAM on the cheese (ham and cheese, lol) we started with some dranks…
On top is the Monet’s Muse made with Hendricks Gin, French Sav Blanc, fresh lime juice and St. Germain. My favorite was the French Margarita (what a fun idea!) – tequila, St. Germain, lime juice and simple syrup.
Morbier (France, cow’s milk) – this had a creamy, bitter and earthy balance.
Jasper Hill Landaff (Vermont, cow’s milk) – Tangy, cheddary, cave-aged goodness
Bucheron (France, goat’s milk) – and of course a soft goat cheese for good measure
Still hungry at this point? Absolutely not. But we got the Boeuf Bourguignon anyway.
Petite Jacqueline is also a must stop in Portland, the atmosphere is just adorable and the staff was great as well. Can’t fit it in for dinner? Go for brunch, you won’t be disappointed!
190 State St.