Nationwide praise proceeds to shower down on Portland’s food stuff scene as the New York Periods Monday named Leeward and Twelve two of the ideal 50 dining establishments in America.

The Portland standouts are the only Maine eating places on the Times’ record, which involved only two other New England dining establishments: Neptune Oyster in Boston and Expensive Annie in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Portland finds alone on even footing on the record with some of the country’s major towns and cafe meccas like San Francisco, Chicago and Washington D.C., which each individual had two dining establishments named. The Times’ honorees also bundled 5 New York City dining places.

Leeward sous chef Colin Kennedy, right, and cooks, from entrance left, Cat Lamond, Sam Berkes and Katie O’Donnell at the start of provider a person day last April. The cafe is one of two Portland restaurants to make the just unveiled New York Periods list of 50 very best restaurants. Brianna Soukup/Personnel Photographer

Soon after a gushing rundown of their most loved dishes at Leeward – the two-yr-previous, eclectic Italian restaurant Push Herald critic Andrew Ross awarded three-and-a-fifty percent stars in April – the Situations tale mentioned, “The homeowners, Raquel and Jake Stevens (who is also the chef), have managed to capture the essence of a year on the h2o, where every little thing feels like golden hour.”

Of Twelve, the tale stated, “A spare prix-fixe menu with handful of descriptors — “Mushroom, Grains, Mustard Greens” — can truly feel rigid. But in the palms of Colin Wyatt, a former govt sous-chef at Eleven Madison Park, that construction is liberating… In a town often declared a diner’s paradise, Twelve can make that all the far more genuine.”

The Times’ checklist includes a lot of dining establishments that opened just this yr, like Twelve, but it’s not completely a “best new places” rundown. The Times also named spots with a handful of yrs less than their belt like Neptune Oyster, as perfectly as many years-previous favorites like Brennan’s in New Orleans.

This wide scope of the 2022 listing makes the Portland restaurants’ variety all the additional remarkable, specially in a pandemic hangover year when many eateries in Maine and throughout the region ended up forced to near.

The dining home at Twelve, which the New York Instances has just named 1 of the 50 greatest places to eat in The usa. Photo by Angie Bryan

“It’s been a really demanding calendar year for eating places,” claimed Chef Colin Wyatt of Twelve, which opened at 115 Thames St. in mid-July through the worst labor shortage the hospitality field has noticed in many years. “Every cafe I converse to has experienced a tricky time, and for any cafe to get by way of the summer season in Maine this 12 months is just substantial.

“For us to have this occur so shortly considering that our opening is actually exclusive,” Wyatt continued. “Everybody worked their butts off to get there.”

“We’re very astonished and continually elated to perform along with our really proficient (and fun!) group,” Leeward co-operator Raquel Stevens wrote Monday in an electronic mail.


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