Sunday April 28, 2013 | 09:27 AM

This is a sneak peak, with a few smart words of staircase wit ascending Portland’s newest dining outpost.

Outliers Eatery has been a long-time in the making and those efforts have paid off.  Located at the end of Bracket and York streets, overlooking the harbor and Casco Bay Bridge, this is a seriously swank, lavishly fashioned “swellegant” bistro  The silvery gray leather banquettes, the dramatic copper wall flanking the bar and the gorgeous views from the outdoor dining patio all add it up something different for Portland.

If the food turns out to be as good as this place looks, then Portland has another dining wunderkind to tout.

I stopped in for a drink on Friday, planting myself at the beautifully appointed bar to look around.  I checked out the menu and noticed an intriguing snack of fried pig’s ears listed.  (Doesn’t everyone snack on chicharrones?)

These were all the rage a few years ago, a trendy dish making the rounds at stylish restaurants around the country. 

 It was served on an attractive earthenware plate, not commonly used in restaurants.  They were deep fried and had a delicious sweet and spicy coating, probably chili powder and sugar.  The rich hoisin-based dipping sauce was a good touch. 

The current menu is a bit meat heavy, surprising from a chef (Jonathan Dexter) who hails from seafood-centric Street & Co. and Hugo’s.

Stay tuned for an in-depth report soon.



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