Every year we put a few restaurants on our list, and every year we are delighted by what we discover. But this particular pop-up restaurant is truly something special.
Mae is a loving tribute to southern food, to grandma’s house. Every dish oozes with care, charm, and home. Everything is served family style at big tables, so it’s likely you’ll make some friends. June breezes wafting through the open garage door. Perfectly brewed sweet (but not cloying) tea. Fried chicken.
We definitely got the feeling that it deserved a permanent home, rather than the back room of the Old Salt Marketplace. And it turns out we were right: we just noticed Mae being featured in Portland Monthly’s Best Restaurants 2016! Seriously, if you’re reading this, you will love this place. Snap up some tickets if you ever get the chance, you won’t regret it. This is truly exceptional food.