What does a former NYC chef do after he moves to Portland, Maine and finds out it will take some time to open his fine-dining restaurant? He opens up a super cool sandwich shop and puts Tater Tot-tine on the menu. At Blue Rooster Food Company in the Old Port, Damian Sansonetti has come a long way from Manhattan's Bar Boulud. Here's where he was a little over a year ago, chatting with his mentor, Daniel Boulud, for Eater National.
Blue Rooster's menu (not yet online) is small-ish and pork-heavy. Aside from the Tot-tine - about which Conor Tubbs of Dispatch said: "Boom. Mind freak. ... I died. You're gonna die guys. It's so good." - there's a line-up of intriguing-looking sandwiches, "Specialty Dogs" and a few salads. All are made "using the best and local ingredients possible," according to the menu. They'll be open late, for post-drinking-binge snacking and breakfast is coming soon. Portland Food Map also has a post on the opening.
· Blue Rooster Food Co. [Facebook]
· Damian Sansonetti And Daniel Boulud [EN]
· Blue Rooster Struts Their Stuff [Dispatch]
· Blue Rooster Food Company Opening at 9 [PFM]
· All Coverage of Damian Sansonetti [~EMAINE~]