Where to Eat in Portland, Maine Right Now
The gist: When Jordan Rubin (aka Mr. Tuna) began peddling his wildly good Japanese-style temaki hand rolls from a rehabbed hot dog cart in 2017, fans followed on social media for up-to-the-minute intel on where he’d pop up next. Rubin and his partner and fiancée, Marisa Lewiecki, have since grown the business to include multiple mobile units and a brick-and-mortar spot in the Public Market House, where they’ve added many more menu items.
The food: Rubin is a master at pairing local ingredients in unique ways while staying anchored in traditional Japanese technique. Case in point: a Maine crab, yuzu mayo, avocado, and cucumber hand roll or one filled with Hamachi, pickled Maine strawberries, jalapeño, and shiso. Subarashii Don (tuna tartare, Maine scallops, salmon toro, ikura, premium Maine uni, and quail egg yolk over rice) is a seasonal mid-winter must. A unique selection of Japanese sodas and sake, plus great local beer add to the goodness.
The cost: Hand rolls are $6 a pop or 3 for $15; larger dishes go for $18-58, sodas, sake, and beer run $3-13. At $58, the multi-course omakase is a steal. Also on offer: cute t-shirts, onesies, dad hats, tote bags, greeting cards, gift cards and more.
How to order: Order takeout on Mr. Tuna and delivery at Carhop. Follow @mr.tuna_maine for mobile schedule (resuming Spring 2021).