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Local 188
Local 188

Local 188

8.36 reviews
££££
Tapas/Small Plates, Breakfast & Brunch, Spanish
Ranked #31 in Portland restaurants
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  • 6.1
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685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102
(207) 761-7909
https://www.local188.com/
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Looking to combine their respective backgrounds in cooking and art, husband and wife Jay and Allison Villani opened Local 188 in 1999 with friends Pat Corrigan and Matt Purington. The cafe / gallery ... Read more
was an instant hit as artists and foodies lined up to feed their senses. Eight years later "local" moved to a new space across the street that retains the same features that made the original so popular – a culinary bar which overlooks the open kitchen, comfortable lounging area and a dining room set amongst local art. Staying true to Maine’s seasonal offerings, Chef Jay Villani and Chef de Cuisine Nicholas Nappi construct a menu that is both innovative and familiar. Ingredients are sourced from local farmers, foragers, and fishermen. Many components of the menu, such as breads, charcuterie, pickled vegetables, and desserts, are prepared in-house. Local 188 has its roots in Spain but draws influence from all over the Mediterranean to create a unique blend of old and new.

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Woolwich

Great food and a relaxed (but a bit loud) atmosphere. Right near Longfellow Square.

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Hipster alert! Seriously though, this Spanish style tapas establishment oozes a cool urban vibe. The layout is very open and relaxed, they even have a couch area for dining in the middle of the room.

We came into Local 188 in the dead of winter with below zero temps and an additional -12 degrees of wind chill, and surprisingly (once my eyeballs thawed out) saw the place was quite hopping for a Thursday night.

I tried the Pork Osso Buco, while my dinner companions mostly opted for either the house paella or the special paella (the latter of which came with a half lobster, little neck clams, mussels and fish). I was quite happy with my dish as were the others in our group.

They also have a great selection of locally crafted beers. One that I would recommend trying is the acclaimed Rising Tide Pale Ale

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Local from Portland

great food. love their paella and beer selection is good as well.

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One of my favorites

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