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Grain & Gristle Restaurant Review: Portland is home to many brewpubs, but Grain & Gristle might be the only one with a "beer curator." Everything here is local, quirky and artisan, down to the homemade tonic water, vermouth and condiments, and the "live-edged" bar with its natural curves and edges. The menu has become a little more traditional than in the early days, but still offers creative takes on pub food such as bay shrimp with "raw roots" and kale; a braised lambwich with fennel, olives and goat cheese; and a "fish board" to compete with traditional charcuterie and cheese plates. If you prefer, choose from bar classics such as a thick, juicy burger with rich add-ons such as cheese, aïoli and a brioche bun. Vegetables sides are inventive, and vegetarians would be wise to make a meal out of them; you might encounter creamed greens on brioche, or a radish plate with shiitake mushrooms, spicy greens, onion purée, cilantro and sesame. Butterscotch pot de crème makes a delightful dessert. Alcohol options outside the extensive list of microbrews are handcrafted by regional distillers. Weekend brunches combine the standards (eggs, pancakes) with the trendy (polenta, trout, beets). Outdoor dining is available on sunny days.