Far from the tourist-haunted Old Port, this little neighborhood bar and restaurant on artsy Munjoy Hill is one of those secrets that Portland gourmands mostly keep to themselves. The burger is one of the leanest yet tastiest pieces of beef most of us will ever encounter. The beef is free-range, grass-fed Scottish Highland supplied by A Wee Bit Farm (operated by a retired South Boston police officer) in Orland, Maine. The kitchen keeps a pile of caramelized grilled onions and mushrooms working on the edge of the grill and the cook mixes some of the sweet and tangy blend right into the patty. The burger is grilled to a nice external char and served on a soft but not spongy bun accompanied by a side of warm potato salad tossed in an herb-laden vinaigrette. It’s aptly called the Bistro Burger.
$11. 89 Congress St., Portland, Maine, 207-773-1116, bluespoonme.com