Your comment about the “dinner rush” was dead-on. My wife …

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Your comment about the “dinner rush” was dead-on. My wife and I were in the vicinity on a beautiful Sunday afternoon this fall, and tried to get in around 5 P.M. Tried and failed, as the wait time was ridiculous. Knowing something about the food from past experiences with the South Portland location, I refuse to wait in line for an unremarkable meal. Why so many people think otherwise is a mystery. Yes, a nice location but you can’t eat scenery.

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Congrats Malcolm! I think it would be hysterical to have Sunny or Sandra Lee (and maybe one or two other FN hosts) eat a batch of your wings before taping one of their shows.

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Malcolm, as you and Jillian are always sharing your food finds with us, perhaps you can keep this next thought in the back of your collective minds. I occasionally run across recipes calling for beer as an ingredient, but personally often find the results disappointing. The beer flavor is usually way too prominent, even in strong flavored dishes. I began substituting hard cider, at least the “dry” ones and have been happy with the results. Not having having tried this particular one, I wonder how well it might work, say in a chili or stew?

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Malcolm Bedell is co-author of the critically acclaimed "Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road," as well as Brocavore, a blog focusing on street food culture, and the junk food-centric "Spork & Barrel." His contributions include Serious Eats, Down East, L.A. Weekly, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post and his food truck, "'Wich, Please," was named "Hottest Restaurant in Maine" for 2015 by Eater. Finally, he finds it very silly to be trying to write this in the third person.