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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Heidi's Brooklyn Deli Review ~ South Portland, Maine

"Born in Brooklyn, Raised in Maine" is the perfect way to describe Heidi's Brooklyn Deli. It was the perfect combination of Brooklyn deliciousness with Maine friendliness. 
I have been eyeing Heidi's for awhile now. They are located in a small strip mall near a market and a TJ Maxx which means I am there all the time. I was finally passing by them at the perfect time this past week and decided to try them out for lunch.

I wasn't sure what to expect but it was much more than I anticipated. I was thinking it was just going to be a regular sandwich shop but it was so much more!

They have a super huge menu board along the counter. As you line up to order they also have menus to peruse until it is your turn. The board was fun to look at but I ended up grabbing a menu so I could focus on a decision.

It was a pretty quick process once you placed your order. By the time you made it to the cash register, your food was just about meeting you at the end. After paying and receiving your food, there are plenty of seat options to enjoy your meal. Unfortunately, I had to head back to work so I brown bagged that deliciousness.
I am sure my co-workers think I am a total freak since I am constantly taking pictures of food I am about to eat (I post a lot of those pictures on my other blog, Megan Runs a Marathon) but this one took the cake since I photographed the entire meal.

For my sandwich, I picked the BLT with Avocado (minus the T because I hate tomatoes and I added an O because I love onions). I went with the italian hoagie (they toasted the bread and the toasted sesame seeds on top were to die for). One thing I should mention is that they make all their bread from scratch! A freshly made hoagie now has me dreaming about this sandwich. They put a butt load of bacon on this thing and a little dab of mayo. I don't know how else to say this but this thing was amazingly awesome.
For my side I went with the coleslaw. It was creamy and tangy which is exactly what I look for in a coleslaw. It was the perfect size portion for me and went fantastic with the sandwich.

I decided to end the meal with one of the their cannoli's. I absolutely love a cannoli with chocolate chips on the end of it (I am also partial to chocolate sprinkles). I was so full from the sandwich I didn't eat this until a couple of hours later. It was great for the mid-afternoon slump. The shell was crispy and the cannoli filling was creamy and decadent.

Overall, I loved this place (was I not obvious enough?). I think they are a great lunch place or perfect when you want dinner on the go. If you would like to try them out for yourself, they are located at 415 Philbrook Ave., South Portland, Maine.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Abilene Restaurant ~ A Mini Review ~ Portland, Maine

This past Friday, Gabrian and I were invited to an art show on First Friday by our friends Tenney and Emmett. Tenney is an art teacher and her student's art will be on display (and for sale) at Abilene for the month of June. I had no intention of eating there even though I have already established that I love Abilene's food so much that I have been thinking about writing an Ode to their Chef (but once we got there that silly thought of not eating there went right out the window). I only had my camera for pictures but hey, if it is good enough for instagram, than by God it is good enough for the blog.
The restaurant had a delicious spread of snacks set up for the art show. Tenney and I set the boys up with the free (and delicious) food. Like the good mother's we are, we discovered that Happy Hour was still going on and we felt we should take advantage of it.
I started off with the house red for only $4. It had a nice smooth finish and a delicious full-bodied taste. What a fantastic deal for only $4.
They were also offering their small plates for half-off. Tenney and I decided to split two of them. It never occurred to us to share with the boys (I am pretty sure they filled up on chips which is almost a healthy meal when they ate it with the salsa. Plus once Gabrian ate part of a cucumber so now that I write it out, I am feeling way better about my parenting skills).
We started off with the Manchego toast. You may remember from my last review, I mentioned it was so delicious that I wished I could lick the plate. It still remains lick worthy. After finishing the plate, I loudly whispered to Tenney that I wished I could lick the plate (she totally ratted me out to the waitress and gave me up for my plate licking ways). If you have a food bucket list of things you would like to eat going on in your life (that's a thing right?), make sure the Manchego Toast from Abilenes is on the top.

We also split an order of the fish tacos. Tenney very rudely made me stick to my end of the deal and I had to let her eat one of those tacos. The fish was buttery and the sauce was tangy. I could only dream of making tacos at this caliber. This was another win for us (but honestly what hasn't been at Abilene's for us?).

Overall, Abilene's is probably one of my top 10 (probably more like top 5) of any restaurant I have ever visited (in the world!). I can't stress enough that if you are in Portland, this needs to go on your must try list. If you would like to try them out for yourself, they are located at 539 Deering Ave., Portland, Maine.