Narrowed down according to region, REGARDS is both the only Portland and Maine restaurant to be mentioned. REGARDS is listed alongside New York City and Boston rising stars, such as Bonnie’s and Dear Annie.
Located in Portland’s Art District at 547 Congress Street, Regards opened earlier this year in February by Owners Neil Zabriskie, Kimberly Lund and Cameron Lewin. Inspired by their collective times in New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Maine, Regards’ menu spotlights their committed relationship with local farmers and fishers, which is supported by their natural wine and agave-focused beverage program. What has been considered hip-yet-approachable dining, Regards’ menu features fresh, clean California cuisine, tied to flavors from Mexico and beyond.
From the Bon Appétit article:
“Sparkling-fresh Maine seafood doesn’t need much adornment, but chef Neil Zabriskie’s thoughtful garnishing makes the argument for fancying it up. Zabriskie draws on the cuisines of Mexico, Japan, and his native California for his savvy takes. Briny local oysters shine brighter with a judicious splash of yuzu mignonette. Peekytoe crab tastes even sweeter when pressed into a cake with crispy brown rice. Rich, supple hamachi collar feels at home served alongside nori, tare, and lettuces for wrapping. Throw in a smart bar program, a well-curated natural wine list, and Regards feels like a welcome reminder that when it comes to the very best ingredients, a little adorning goes a long way.
What to order:
Maine Oysters ($10); Scallop Ceviche ($20); Charred Cabbage Caesar ($14); Fried Arroz con Cangrejo ($26); Roasted Hamachi Collar ($38).”
REGARDS is currently open Tuesday – Thursday 5 PM – 9 PM, Friday and Saturday 5 PM – 10 PM.