During a recent stay at the Monaco Hotel next door, we slipped into the Red Star Tavern famished after a busy day in Portland. There’s a rich sense of warmth generated by the wonderful wood and spectacular bar. Ducking into a booth, the cocktail menu called and the decor put a whiskey drink in order. The Port Old Fashion fit the bill with a mix of sensations that drive one deeper into the cushions. Food started with the Butter Lettuce wedge with a side of the Fingerling potatoes. Without delay, the Buttermilk Brined Pork Chop and Wagyu sirloin graced the table and our appetites, perfectly prepared and presented.
Service was sharp and attentive. There was a sense of comfort in the space, possibly seeping in from the Monaco. Wherever it was originating, it made the evening a delightful mix of new and familiar. I must confess that we ended up back at Red Star for breakfast the next morning and it continued to impress. The Tavern Benedict and the Salmon Lox were exactly what we needed to jump start the day. Simply splendid.