Down East 2013 ©
Maine’s haute cuisine hotspot, Hugo’s (88 Middle St., Portland, 207-774-8538, www.hugos.net ), has had a makeover of both menu and decor. Chef Rob Evans is still offering his prix fixe tasting menu, but now a la carte-desiring diners can order items from that menu or choose from additional small plate offerings. Sample their ramped up “snacks,” too, such as puffed Maine shrimp crackers and homemade fritos. Just don’t expect tablecloths — the redesign sought to create a more modern dining atmosphere without pretension.