78 Middle Street, Portland Maine
Nestled between India Street and Franklin Arterial in Portland is a thriving restaurant neighborhood featuring local favorite such as Eventide, Duck Fat, and East Ender. Complimenting these popular options with their an Asian twist on American fare is The Honey Paw. They bring together locally sourced ingredients and give them an international spin. It can be a busy spot during dinner time so dropping in during happy hour is a great way to check this spot out.
The Honey Paw features happy hour specials from 3 to 6 pm Monday through Friday. They offer $3 Reisdorf Kolsch, $5 tap wines and 1/2 off their snack menu. They also serve up a special cocktail for just $7. Snacks are normally priced at $5 so this is a great time to sample the whole menu or order up a few things to share with friends. Our favorite by far was the fry bread with uni butter, well the fry bread. It was a great savory fried dough. The uni butter, which is made with sea urchin, was a little to ocean-y for our tastes. The squash and tofu fritters and puffed bar snacks were also great choices.
The tap wines are a Gruner, always a hit with us, and a rose. The special cocktail of the day was a delicious concoction of lime, cucumber, and gin. It was well worth the $7. They also have a great beer list so after the cocktail we ventured off the specials list to enjoy a Rosee de Hibiscus by Brasserie Dieu de Ciel.
The interior of The Honey Paw is warm and welcoming. It’s perfect for gathering with friends to share plates. Long wooden bars line the tall front windows while a large family style table takes up the middle space. The afternoon sun pours in giving the whole place a cheerful vibe and it’s a great way to enjoy some sunshine, even on a chilly afternoon. Possibly our favorite feature is a bit more whimsical. The sink in the ladies room is a thing of zen-like beauty.
Overall our happy hour outing at The Honey Paw was great. We tried new things (pickled mushrooms) and marked out some things destined to become new favorites (the fry bread). We are sorry that it took us so long to get in there and we will certainly make sure it’s not long before we go back.