Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The accolades just keep rolling in for Eventide Oyster Co., which on Thursday was named one of the magazine's 50 nominees for Best New Restaurant in America.
The list, compiled by restaurant and drinks editor Andrew Knowlton, will be whittled to 10 next Wednesday, and one restaurant will be chosen as Restaurant of the Year.
Knowlton came up with the list during a 120-day tour of 22 states. The restaurants he chose, the magazine says, "are changing the way we eat in 2013."
"Think Macanese cuisine at Fat Rice in Chicago, throwback French dishes like frog's legs, onion soup and côte de boeuf for two by famous Miami chef Michael Schwartz and an Italian restaurant that doesn’t serve pasta, L.A.’s Chi Spacca"
The nomination for Eventide Oyster states that "In a state where lobster is king, Eventide's dedication to the oyster is a bold move." Knowlton cites the restaurant's 20 or so different varieties of oysters and the Eventide lobster roll served in a Chinese bun with brown butter or hollandaise.
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.
Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs. A newcomer to Portland, she is an online content producer for the Press Herald.
Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod [at] pressherald.com.
On Twitter: @susansaxelrod