Thursday August 29, 2013 | 11:43 AM

Real hush puppies in Maine?

Can this Southern girl just say, "Hallelujah?"

That's going to be the first thing I try at the long-awaited opening of Salvage BBQ & Smokehouse, the latest project from Portland restaurateur Jay Villani.  After months of renovations, the restaurant will finally open Sunday at 5 p.m.

Here's Villani in the gutted space, before contractors went to work:

Located at 919 Congress St., Salvage BBQ initially will be open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner (including take-out) starting at 5 p.m. Lunch will be added later.

The restaurant  has an open kitchen, family seating, and a full-service bar custom built by Villani - with Maine microbrews on tap.

Here's a peek at the menu (prices subject to change):

Pulled pork - 14
Pork spare ribs - 15
Sausage mild or hot- 6 each
Brisket - 17
Beef spare ribs - 19
Half chicken – 13
Whole chicken - 20

SANDWICHES w/ sauce, slaw & pickles
Pulled pork - 8
Brisket – 9

TRAYS w/ choice of 2 sides, bread & pickles - prices vary

SIDES single 2, pint 6, quart 10
Potato salad
Pinto beans
Mac n cheese
Hush puppies
Smoked fried corn - 5ea

Slice - 5
Whole - 25

Parking is located behind the restaurant on Gilman Street, and on the street throughout the neighborhood.

For more information, call (207) 553-2100 or go to the Salvage facebook page.


About the Author

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.

Meredith can be contacted at 791-6332 or
On Twitter: @meredithgoad

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