The Weekly Whisk - 12/7/22

Musings from a foodie…

We recently had the opportunity to visit with some friends in Portland, Maine. They suggested that we visit Isa Bistro [ * * * * ]. To cut to the chase, it was a delightful dining experience. The eatery is by a husband:wife team of Suzie Perez (Owner) and Isa Perez (Chef). They’ve developed a small, cozy restaurant off the beaten path in Portland that offers up personal wait staff and a friendly atmosphere. It focuses on the Mediterranean culinary line which has become my preferred “go to” style in any event. We started with Grilled Octopus accompanied by a Shaved Fennel Salad with grapefruit, pecorino, mint and apple cider dressing. We followed that wonderful starter with a shared platter of Meatballs in a marinara sauce plus Eggplant Lasagna. For veggies, we selected the Fried Brussels Sprouts with cranberry gastrique and bacon with blue cheese – ohlala, my favorite way to go. And, not be outdone was the Duck Liver Mousse with thin bread on the side just to keep us going. I’m going back on my next Portland visit – and, you should too!!

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