A tiny wine bar in a tiny wine shop with amazing food put out by a tiny kitchen—everything about Drifters Wife is diminutive except its burgeoning reputation. Bon Appétit called it one of the country’s 50 best new restaurants when it opened in 2016, and it’s almost certainly the only entry on that list where the chef (Ben Jackson) is working only with two induction burners and a half-size oven. Nonetheless, Jackson turns out exquisitely plated (really, they’re works of art) shareable portions of fresh local veggies and just-caught fish: maybe a head-and-all Atlantic mackerel with pistachio butter and fresh veggies, or chicken livers on toast with pickled egg and cucumbers. The wine list (like the picks at the surrounding Maine & Loire wine store) skews organic and biodynamic and additive-free.
Portland ME › Restaurant
63 Washington Ave.
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Hours Tues–Sat 4–11pm. Reservations not accepted. Phone 207/805-1336 Prices Entrees $13–$22 Cuisine Type Wine Bar Web site Drifters Wife
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