Thursday, December 5, 2013
Papers filed at Portland City Hall give a sneak peak at two new restaurants in the works – one that will serve classic American cuisine and another that will be a Mexican bar and grill.
The King’s Head is expected to open soon in the Merrill’s Wharf building at 254 Commercial St.
Owners Rick Binet of Waterbury, VT and Justin O’Connor of Portland said in documents filed with the city that the 78-seat restaurant will “focus on fresh ingredients highlighting local/regional/sustainable cuisine” and will have an atmosphere that focuses on maritime and historical themes.
The King’s Head will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily. Here’s a look at the sample menu and prices:
Diver Scallops, Mint Pea Puree with Curry Oil 14
Mixed Greens, Beets, Goat Cheese, Walnuts, Vinaigrette 10
Calamari a la Plancha, Fennel, Olive, Caper, Mint, Lemon 15
Artisanal Cheese Selection 18
Fried Brussel Sprouts, Balsamic drizzle 8
Lamb Burger, Hand-Cut Fries (grass fed, locally sourced) 18
Hamburger, Hand-Cut Fries (grass fed, locally sourced) 15
Pheasant Cognac Bangers with Mash 18
Fish and Chips (locally sourced) 15
Stuffed Quail, Pear 24
Seared Duck Breast, Braised Carrots, Coriander, Orange, Green Olives 29
Steak au Poivre, Pink Peppercorns (grass fed, locally sourced) 28
Rack of Veal, Moroccan Saffron Sauce, Cucumber Raita (locally sourced) 32
Braised Seafood and Shellfish Stew, Red Pepper Sauce (locally sourced) 30
Seasonal vegetables 9
Baked Potato 5
Hand-Cut Fries, Sweet Fries 5
Over at 865 Forest Ave., across from Baxter Woods, you’ll soon hear the sounds of a roving mariachi band wafting through the neighborhood.
Casa Fiesta Mexican Bar and Grill will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
It will have outdoor dining and –corny, but fun! – a strolling Mariachi band.
The restaurant is modeled after an existing Casa Fiesta located at 500 Mariner Way in Biddeford. It’s owned by a Pennsylvania-based corporation called Casa Fiesta Forrest LLC, and will be managed by Jesus Ayala of Saco.
The sample menu features mid-priced Mexican fare, from Steak Ranchero for $12.99 to Texas fajitas for $16.99.
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.
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