Local 188 Restaurant and Lounge, Portland, Maine

Local 188 - 685 Congress Street - 207-761-7909

Hours: Open for Dinner at 5:30pm 7 Days a Week 

Bar & Lounge Open at 4 pm - 1 am 7 days a week

Happy Hour on Monday - Thursday from 4pm - 6pm and 10pm - close

Brunch from 9am - 2pm Saturday and Sunday

Free Parking Out Back

Photos by Kari Herer

Photos

Brunch

Eggs

EGGS, HOMEFRIES & ENGLISH MUFFIN .... 10

MUSHROOM & HERB SCRAMBLE - local greens, goat cheese, homefries, english muffin .... 11

SUMMER SCRAMBLE - tomatoes, caramelized onions, basil goat cheese, homefries, english muffin .... 12

CORNED BEEF HASH - hollandaise, eggs any style, homefries, english muffin .... 14

HUEVOS RANCHEROS - eggs any style, beans, corn tortilla, salsa, cheddar, rice .... 12

BISQUITS & GRAVYS .... apple-bourbon sausage gravy, eggs any style .... 13

BREAKFAST PAELLA - chicken, chorizo, mussels, saffron rice, baked eggs .... 16

LEGS & EGGS .... confited and fried chicken leg, eggs any style, Anson Mills grits, bisquit .... 15

STEAK & EGGS - 5 oz. hanger steak, roasted red pepper coulis, eggs any style .... 17

More... Sweeties

GREEK YOGURT & HOUSE GRANOLA W/ FRUIT .... 9

RICOTTA FRITTERS .... 7

BISCUITS & HONEY BUTTER .... 6

PASTRY SPECIAL .... 6

PANCAKE ... 9

FRUIT SIDE ... 6

Sides

ANSON MILLS GRITS .... 8

HOUSE BACON .... 5

HOUSE SAUSAGE .... 5

PEAMEAL BACON .... 5

DEVILED EGGS .... 5

SIDE OF FRUIT  .... 6

Sandwiches

BREAKFAST SANDWICH - bacon and peameal bacon, cheddar cheese, fried egg, grilled tomato, spicy tomato jam .. 10

BREAKFAST BURRITO - eggs, greens, cheddar, black beans, salsa, lime sour cream .... 12

RUEBEN SANDWICH -  corned beef, sauerkraut, 1000 island, swiss, marble rye ..13

RUEBEN SANDWICH -  corned beef, sauerkraut, 1000 island, swiss, marble rye ..13

BURGER -  bacon jam, cheddar, black beans, salsa, lime, sour cream .... 13

SALMON BAGEL PLATE - dill cream cheese, cucumber, tomato, red onion, capers ... 13

SERRANO BAGEL PLATE - piquillo cream cheese, pickled shallot, pepper relish, olive tapenade ... 12

Soup & Salad

SOUP OF THE DAY .... 5     
                        
HOUSE SALAD - local greens, candied fennel, spiced walnuts, orange, pomegranate vinaigrette, grana padano ... 11

Reservations

Call us to make reservations

207 761.7909

Happy Hour

-- MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY --

4-6 PM  10-CLOSE

Events

Every Thursday at 10:30pm(ish)
Rock and Roll Picture Show
NO COVER

Each week we play a classic music movie and offer a late night $5.00 tapas menu and $4 drink specials.  Here is the schedule of upcoming films:

10-13 The Band: The Last Waltz. 
10-20 Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus
10-27 Rocky Horror Picture Show 
11-3 Pink Floyd: The Wall
11-10 Madonna: Truth or Dare
11-17 A Concert for George 
12-1 Elvis '68 Comeback Special 
12-8 The Clash: Rude Boy
12-15 The Who: The Kids are Alright
12-22 A Nightmare Before Christmas
12-29 Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same

Shop

Browse our products below

  • LOCAL 188 Bird in Hand Logo T-shirt

    Our shortsleeve tees are made by alternative apparel.  They are soft, comfortable and lightweight.  We have a variety of colors but generally stick to earth tones of brown, green and gray.

    Women or Mens - $5 from the sale of every shirt will benefit the Reiche School

    $20.00


  • Local 188 Gift Certificate

    screen printed on kraft paper, good at Local 188, Salvage BBQ, and Sonny's.

Contact

Local 188

685 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04102

207-761-7909

eatdrinkart@yahoo.com

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Visit our sister restaurants:

Salvage BBQ - Sonny's Restaurant

Info and History

Local 188 - 685 Congress Street - 207-761-7909

Hours:
Mon-Fri / Open for Happy Hour 4-6 pm and after 10 pm
Open for Dinner at 5:30 Seven Days a Week
Brunch from 9am-2 pm Saturday and Sunday
Bar Open til 1 am

 

 



About Us

ESTABLISHED IN 1999

Looking to combine their respective backgrounds in cooking and art, husband and wife Jay and Allison Villani opened Local 188 in 1999 with friends Pat Corrigan and Matt Purington. The cafe / gallery was an instant hit as artists and foodies lined up to feed their senses.

Eight years later "local" moved to a new space across the street that retains the same features that made the original so popular – a culinary bar which overlooks the open kitchen, comfortable lounging area and a dining room set amongst local art.

FARM TO TABLE

Staying true to Maine’s seasonal offerings, Executive Chef Jay Villani, Chef de Cuisine Emmet Helrich and Sous Chef Adam Goldberg construct a menu that is both innovative and familiar. Ingredients are sourced from local farmers, foragers, and fishermen. Many components of the menu, such as breads, charcuterie, pickled vegetables, and desserts, are prepared in-house. Local 188 has its roots in Spain but draws influence from all over the Mediterranean to create a unique blend of old and new.

THE BEVERAGE PROGRAM

Local’s wine list features over 100 bottles and is a true labor of love for wine director Jenny Gardiner. Selections range from the standards to the esoteric with specialization in Spain, France and Italy.  Bar manager Jeremiah Davis presides over the beer and cocktail list.  Jeremiah brings 7 years of mixology experience to local along with a precise knowledge of local and national micro brews.

Reviews:

“The seafood paella came with perfectly cooked mahogany clams,mussels, salmon and Maine shrimp along with green beans and the requisite long grain rice w/ it’s saffron seasoning and color. There is something soul satisfying about seafood and rice and Local 188 has caught the essence of it with the Spanish classic.”
N.L English, The Maine Sunday Telegram

“Pulsing with energy and filled with diners enjoying the new surroundings,local 188’s famous tapas shimmer invitingly across a big mirror in a scroll reminiscent of a Toulouse Lautrec interior. According to owner/chef Jay Villani the menu descriptions are deliberately vague as the nature of hunting for the city’s freshest ingredients dictates surprise.”
Diane Hudson, Portland magazine

“While the old space had a certain artsy, campy vibe — enhanced by the small, well-worn dining room and the edgy art shows —the new restaurant is filled with a bohemian elegance. The huge dining room contains two bars (one overlooking the open kitchen),an eclectic assortment of tables and chairs and a dedicated lounge area.Deep purples and rich burgundies add a nightclub feel that’s buoyed by comfortable couches and a bench salvaged from the St. Lawrence Arts & Community Center.”
Avery Yale Kamila, Switch magazine

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