18 Hampshire Street, Portland, Maine
It’s no secret that we were big fans of Sangillo’s tavern and were bitterly disappointed when it closed. Thankfully the team behind another of our favorite hangouts, Samuel’s Bar and Grill took over the location and gave us Tomaso’s Canteen, something new but equally as great.
Tomaso’s Canteen features a great selection of drinks and food in a tiny space. It is well designed to take advantage of the space to provide ample seating. They offer up many of the menu favorites you can find at Samuel’s, including their delicious wings. Tomaso’s serves up some great local and national brews plus a selection of wines and cocktails. Happy hour is everyday from 4-6 pm. Yes, everyday! They serve up Narragansett tallboys for $2 and $4 Gruner (white), Tempranillos (red), and well drinks. They’ve also got a couple of food specials with $1.50 red hot dogs and $5 sausage sandwiches.
Service is table side and at the bar which makes things flow nicely. We were greeted soon after taking a seat and our waitress was attentive without rushing us along. We ordered up a couple of Gruners which we love for their crisp tartness and a small order of their amazing wings for a snack. You can get a number of different sauces including buffalo, jerk and dirt.
Tomaso’s took a great place and made it something uniquely their own. It’s fun and comfortable and preserves that neighborhood vibe we loved about Sangy’s. We love a couple updates that they added, especially the outlets with USB plug ins at the bar. Phones are a part of our lives so it’s awesome to have the opportunity to recharge your phone while you relax and enjoy a drink. We definitely recommend that you check Tomaso’s out.
Can’t make it to happy hour? They’ve also got some great drink specials at lunch time!