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Welcome to Elsmere BBQ


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Welcome to Elsmere BBQ


 

Savory BBQ—Right Next Door.

 
 

No gas touches our product, guaranteed. We use only the highest quality, all natural, meats and vegetables and we offer locally crafted beers alongside a full service bar. Elsmere BBQ and Wood Grill is a family restaurant nestled into the South Portland, Willard Beach neighborhood. Located inside a garage renovated with reclaimed woods and whiskey barrels—Elsmere provides an intimate year round environment for BBQ and food lovers alike. Whether you're craving savory slow smoked meats, amazing appetizers, grilled seafood or vegetarian/vegan options; we have something for everyone to enjoy. Seasonal outdoor seating and big opened doors for flowing summertime breezes makes Elsmere the place to be during the hot Maine summer months, and the always stocked wood grill keeps the space warm and cozy all winter long. Come on by and grab a bite and a drink!

HOURS

Mon: Closed  |  Tues—Thurs: 4:00–9:00  |  Fri: 4:00–10:00  |  Sat: 12:00–10:00  |  Sun: 12:00–9:00

 
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STARTERS

SPECIAL FLATBREAD PIZZA  G V
Check the blackboard or ask your server  (priced daily)

SLOW SMOKED CHICKEN WINGS
One pound seasoned wings smoked
and finished on the wood grill  13

Tossed in Spicy Korean or 1866 Fire Sauce  14

SMOKY SAUSAGE LINK
Elsmere's own smoked, grilled, served with a side
of mustard BBQ sauce  8


ELSMERE BBQ OYSTERS
Locally sourced and cooked on the wood grill until just opened,
served as is or with smoked lemon bourbon butter
Each  3          Half  Dozen 17
          Dozen  29

BURNT END OUTLAW NACHOS
Tortilla chips layered with cheddar jack
and
chili served with sour cream  11

CHILI
With cheddar jack cheese and sour cream
Cup  6          Bowl with cornbread  11


MAMA'S BBQ PLATES

THE WORKS
Want it all? Here you go - 
All five of our smoked meats  36


CHOOSE TWO
Two meats and two sides
served with cornbread  21


CHOOSE THREE
Three meats and two sides
served with cornbread  24


BRISKET
Tender hand-sliced smoked brisket  18

BELL AND EVANS BBQ CHICKEN
Slow smoked and finished on the wood grill  18

SAUSAGE
Elsmere’s own smoked, grilled and sliced to order  16

RIBS
St. Louis style slow smoked and finished on the wood grill
Full rack  24
Half rack  18


PULLED PORK
Slow smoked, tender, and hand pulled  17

All plates except “The Works” served with
choice of two sides and cornbread
Switch cornbread for a side 1


Greens & Seafood

ELSMERE SALAD
Local mixed greens tossed in balsamic dressing,
with grape tomatoes, red onions, toasted almonds,
dried cranberries, and goat cheese 11
Add BBQ Chicken 16          Add Hot Smoked Salmon 18


CAESAR SALAD
Crisp romaine tossed in creamy caesar dressing, toasted bread crumbs, shaved parmesan, with grilled lemon 11
Add BBQ Chicken 16         Add Hot Smoked Salmon 18


MAHI MAHI TACOS
Marinated grilled mahi served in Pachanga tortillas
over cabbage, grilled corn salsa, chipotle mayo and cilantro
Served with your choice of side and cornbread  17


BLACKENED CATFISH
Farm-raised, sustainable catfish dusted with cajun spice,
pan blackened, served on a bed of greens
with your choice of side and cornbread  17

SANDWICHES

BRISKET
The best in town, pit smoked and hand sliced  13

PULLED PORK
Tender, smoky, hand-pulled
and melts in your mouth
  11

BELL AND EVANS BBQ CHICKEN
Slow smoked and grilled 12

FARMER'S GATE MARKET BURGER
Maine grass-fed beef featuring a blend of chuck,
hanger, and brisket cuts 13

BBQ SALMON SANDWICH
Farm raised, sustainable, hot smoked
and
served with greens  14

THE ELSMERE TORNADO
Chopped brisket, pulled pork, sausage,
and Texas Red BBQ
on a toasted pretzel roll topped with cole slaw 12

TORNADO BURRITO G
Chopped brisket, pulled pork, sausage,
Texas Red BBQ, rice and beans, cheddar jack,
and chipotle ranch
served with choice of side and cornbread 15

BLACK BEAN BURGER G V
Smoked and finished on the grill,
served with grilled corn
salsa and greens  13

GRILLED PORTABELLA SANDWICH  V
Sliced, marinated, and grilled
served with greens 10


All sandwiches are served on a toasted Mainly Grains Bakers bun topped with pickled onions, served with chips, and pickle slices
 

Add cole slaw 50¢         Add pickled peppers for 75¢
Switch chips for a side 1
Add bacon 2         Pretzel bun or gluten free bun 1


Sides

ELSMERE SIDE SAMPLER
Choose 3 sides served with cornbread  10

Spring mix salad  6  V
Caesar salad  6  G
BBQ Beans  3  V
Collard greens  3  V
Rice and beans  3  V
Marinated cole slaw  2  V
Cornbread  3  G
Mac and cheese  3  

 

 


build your own

CHOOSE FILLING
Pork or Sausage 1         Chicken, Bacon, or Brisket 2
Black Bean Burger or Mushroom 2

NACHOS  V
Tortilla chips layered with cheddar jack
and corn salsa, served with sour cream  9


BBQ QUESADILLA  G V
Mozzarella cheese, roasted poblano peppers,
caramelized onions, and chipotle ranch  8


FLATBREAD PIZZA  G V
Caramelized onions, mozzarella cheese,
Texas Red BBQ sauce  10


BURRITO   G V
Rice and beans, cheddar jack cheese
and chipotle ranch served with
your choice of side and cornbread  13


TACOS   V
Served in grilled Pachanga tortillas
over cabbage, grilled corn salsa,
chipotle mayo and cilantro.
Served with your choice of side and cornbread  14

 

(G) Indicates that it contains gluten       (V) Indicates that it is vegan or can be prepared vegan
Please alert your server of any food restrictions prior to ordering. Consuming under cooked or raw items may cause food born illness.
 

GIVE US A CALL TO ORDER

or to plan your next party or event!

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Kitchen & Crew


Kitchen & Crew


 
ADAM POWERS Owner/Chef Adam Powers‘ cooking style is heavily influenced by the 10 years he spent in his youth in Southeast Asia. Eating his way through Bangkok’s amazing street food culture provided the foundation for Adam’s fascination with America’s own version of folk cuisine– BBQ. Adam has studied and crafted BBQ for over 20 years, even fabricating his own Texas-style BBQ cooker out of a 1950’s metal refrigerator.  Adam has been working in the food industry since he was sixteen. FUN FACT: You may also know Adam as a founding member of Twisted Roots, one of Maine’s most successful original bands. Twisted Roots has released several national recordings and toured extensively up and down the East Coast. They opened for big acts like Ozzy Osbourne and played at such legendary venues as CBGB’s and Great Woods.

ADAM POWERS

Owner/Chef

Adam Powers‘ cooking style is heavily influenced by the 10 years he spent in his youth in Southeast Asia. Eating his way through Bangkok’s amazing street food culture provided the foundation for Adam’s fascination with America’s own version of folk cuisine– BBQ. Adam has studied and crafted BBQ for over 20 years, even fabricating his own Texas-style BBQ cooker out of a 1950’s metal refrigerator.  Adam has been working in the food industry since he was sixteen.

FUN FACT: You may also know Adam as a founding member of Twisted Roots, one of Maine’s most successful original bands. Twisted Roots has released several national recordings and toured extensively up and down the East Coast. They opened for big acts like Ozzy Osbourne and played at such legendary venues as CBGB’s and Great Woods.

JEREMY RUSH Owner/Chef Jeremy Rush is Adam’s longtime friend and culinary collaborator. Together they have over 40 years combined experience in the business. Jeremy’s BBQ interest began with fond childhood memories of roadside barbecue restaurants encountered during annual family-visits to Kansas.  BBQ is a family tradition for Jeremy whose father used to pull out the smoker for holidays and family gatherings. His love of BBQ has stayed with him over the years and he is proud to share this passion for delicious BBQ with you. FUN FACT: Jeremy grew up in Freeport, Maine and attended North Yarmouth Academy where he was the captain of the varsity Hockey Team.

JEREMY RUSH

Owner/Chef

Jeremy Rush is Adam’s longtime friend and culinary collaborator. Together they have over 40 years combined experience in the business. Jeremy’s BBQ interest began with fond childhood memories of roadside barbecue restaurants encountered during annual family-visits to Kansas.  BBQ is a family tradition for Jeremy whose father used to pull out the smoker for holidays and family gatherings. His love of BBQ has stayed with him over the years and he is proud to share this passion for delicious BBQ with you.

FUN FACT: Jeremy grew up in Freeport, Maine and attended North Yarmouth Academy where he was the captain of the varsity Hockey Team.