Mike Berman’s Washington Watch

September 9, 2016 11:52 AM

Restaurant: East Ender Restaurant and Bar

East Ender Restaurant and Bar

47 Middle St.
Portland, Maine 04101
Monday- Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday 11a.m. – 3 p.m.& 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Debbie and I went with Tim and James to the East Ender for lunch.

As you enter the relatively small restaurant, straight ahead is a bar with five high stools. In addition to the bar there are 18 seats at 2tops and 4 tops. There is an upstairs room that has a bar with ten stools and additional seating for forty-six people.

Debbie started with the Local Chicken Liver Pate & Mushroom Crostini. I ordered the Smoked Hake Chowder which may well be the best I have ever eaten. We then shared the Maine Lobster Melt with Bacon Jam, Tomato & Peppadew Relish.

James selected the Grilled Escarole & Treviso with Poached Egg, Bottarga, Crouton, & Parmesan.

Tim went for the Smokestack Lightning Burger with Monterey Jack, Shishitos & Steak Fries.

The restaurant is the final destination of a very popular food truck that operated in Portland.

There are two gender neutral restrooms. I assume they are identical. There is a square white ceramic washbasin with an oval shaped mirror above it. There is a shelf next to the washbasin with dried flowers. In the corner is a white ceramic commode. The floor is covered with wooden slats and the walls are a dark blue color. It is what you would call a very serviceable if not fancy facility.

[If you would like more information about this restaurant, please see James Schwartz’s excellent review in the June 28, 2015 edition of the Portland Press Herald.]

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