Last weekend I took my first visit to Portland, Maine. I didn’t know much about the city before arriving, except that I was going to Duckfat….before doing anything else. If you haven’t heard of it, Duckfat is an adorably whimsical sandwich shop started by husband and wife team Nancy Pugh and Rob Evans (of Portland restaurant Hugo’s), who was awarded best chef in the Northeast by the James Beard Foundation in 2009. The tiny restaurant has gotten the attention of everyone from the Boston Globe, to the power female trifecta (Oprah, Rachel Ray, Martha Stewart) to Food & Wine, so, you know, it’s kind of a big deal.
For beverages we went for some fall beer specials. Is it just me or does any drink taste better when coming from a mason jar? Why are they so charming?Even though it was 80 degrees outside, I couldn’t not order the white bean, kale and chorizo soup special, kale and chorizo soup is always bomb. This version was a little oily, but still had that lovely chorizo spice.
Duck fat fries should be illegal. They remained crispy until the bottom of the cone and every bite was perfectly salted. We finished every last crumb of fried duck fat. The power that duck fat fries hold is actually terrifying. If they are in front of you, you WILL eat them all. Exercise caution when ordering them. You’ve been warned.
I really didn’t like the pork belly BLT panini. Just kidding, it was awesome. The pork belly was tender and almost jelly-textured, which was great with the crispy bread.
I got the spicy Italian panini made with salami, capicola, hot pepper relish, pesto aioli & provolone, it was true sandwich perfection. This was extraordinary, the red pepper relish offered two completely different flavors on each side of the panini and the meat and cheese were like the buffer zone between them that made it work. Like Tim Gunn. Ya dig?
Duckfat. Go there.
43 Middle St
Portland, ME 04101