Bibo’s Madd Apple Cafe

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Brunch struck again in Portland, ME. Next stop was to Bibo’s Madd Apple Cafe in the Art District. The restaurant has a very relaxed, casual feel, with a bit of a quirky side. 

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Art is found throughout the place and the pictures on the walls are all for sale. Service was a little slow-going to start, but things picked up and we were on our way to Brunchtown, USA. 

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For my entree, I ordered the Belgian Waffle Of The Day: Coffee and Spice Wonut (cross between a waffle and donut with maple glaze, fruit and whipped cream). I didn’t know a Wonut existed, but I’m damn glad that Bibo’s made one. It truly was a well executed hybrid, incorporating the lightness of a waffle, but also the denser, cakiness of a donut. The flavor was amazing, a delightful spiced richness where you could get some waves of coffee essence, and the glaze was just the cherry on top. Well, glaze on top. 

The Shorts:
Name: Bibo’s Madd Apple Cafe
Location: 23 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, it was a pretty charming little spot for brunch. 
Would I recommend it? It was a quaint spot worth checking out, in a very central neighborhood. Can’t guaranty they’ll have a Wonut when you go, but, chances are, they’ll have something else just as great. 

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ABC Kitchen

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While a dinner reservation here is pretty challenging, you absolutely need to make it a point to visit ABC Kitchen in The Flatiron District at some dining point, where it’s lunch, brunch or dinner. 

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This Jean-Georges restaurant is everything you’d expect it to be from him, nothing shy of amazing. I’m pretty obsessed with the aesthetic here too, it’s rustic, meets French countryside, meets woodland nymph. Food wise, everything here is locally sourced, organic, and, well, delicious. 

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To start, as a snack for the table, we ordered their House Cut Fries. These are so amazing. They’re perfectly seasoned, crisp herbs and rosemary really add a nice dimension to the already tasty, crisp fries. 

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Then, I went for their prix fixe lunch menu and, for my first course I had the Line Caught Tuna Sashimi (marinated with ginger and mint). Amazing. The dish has a little bit of spice to it with a nice hint of the ginger. The tuna itself is perfect and seems to almost melt in your mouth.

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Next, for my entree I had their Veggie Burger (minted yogurt and housemade whole wheat pita). I loved this. First off, the burger and pita are super substantial and hearty. The veggie burger is housemade, of course, and lightly dipped in an egg bater and quickly fried, giving it a nice crisp exterior. The minted yogurt was especially nice with this too, adding a nice creaminess to the meatiness of the burger. I really loved the carrot slaw here too, they had the nicest balance in texture between being tender and crisp, and lightly dressed in an olive oil. 

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Then, for dessert, I had the Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sundae (candied peanuts & popcorn, whipped cream, chocolate sauce). Holy $&*!. This was so incredible, it’s basically heaven in a bowl. The salted caramel ice cream is rich, and silky, and almost has a burnt sugar appeal. On top is a housemade whipped cream, light and airy and not even all that sweet, balancing well with the rest of the sweet dish. The chocolate sauce on the bottom is warm, and rich and chocolaty and almost fudge like. Then, you basically have a homemade crackerjack box confecting the sundae. It’s all ridiculous and insanely delicious. 

The Shorts:
Name: ABC Kitchen
Location: 35 East 18th Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Uh, DUH! Faster than you can say ABC. 
Would I recommend it? In a heartbeat. The food was delicious, the service was outstanding and friendly, and the Sundae. Can we talk about that again? In love.