i found this place after 2 days of scouring Yelp and TripAdvisor for food spots in the portland area. I went through pages, and a random filter later jp's bistro popped up in my list. it was 5 min away from our hotel and seemed pretty good, nice price so why not. i wanted to make a reservation but ended up taking a nap :) and we just walked in around 8pm. had to wait about 15 min but everyone told us we were extremely lucky to even get a seat with out a reservation. this place isnt tiny, but can only seat 40 and they usually dont take anyone with out a reservation.
well, apparently portland is a foodie hotspot, so we decided to taste damn near everything on the menu and let me tell you, i am a very, very, very, particular person when it comes to food. its either good, or bad there is no bland in between. ive worked the front of the house, and behind in the kitchen so i expect quality from certain places.
out of the 11 dishes i tasted that night i can tell you this, your money is well spent. everything we had was amazingly flavorful, seasoned perfectly, and cooked to perfection. the wait staff is super friendly, and really makes the atmosphere flow.
i could name all the dishes for you but really, everything was amazing.
next time im in maine, i wouldnt hesitate to stop here. and i already told my friends who are headed up there for a cruise they have to eat here one night.
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