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Summer’s coming, and recession-be-damned, restaurants are opening and getting attention. Here’s a starter list. I’ll report more once I’ve nibbled my way through a few meals.

Evangeline, Portland: Eric Desjarlais (of Ladle and Bandol fame) has finally opened his new restaurant, and the reviews are beginning to appear. It’s far less formal than Bandol and the fare is far less pricey, but it’s no less based on classic French techniques. CLOSED

Bresca, Portland: Chef Krista Kerns vest-pocket-sized venture got a big nod from Conde Nast Traveler. In the current issue, it’s listed as one of the “Hot Tables 2008,” the only Maine restaurant to be mentioned. It was near to impossible to land a table before, now… The perils of fame.

Granny’s Burritos, Portland: It’s back! Locals moaned the closing of this cheap eats spot in December. It’s reopened in the former home of Billy’s Resto-bar, on Congress Street. A wee bit fancier and cleaner (yay!), but still a good choice for cheap eats.

Off the Boat, Camden: replacing the Quarter Deck; opens April 26.

Toast of the Town, Rockland: Moved to 8 Lindsey Street, across from Waterworks Pub, and is now serving lunch Monday through Friday. Menu includes sandwiches, paninis, soups, salads; most $6 to $8. Indoor seating is available.

Amalfi, Rockland: It’s reopened of the corner of Water and Ocean Streets–no mistaking it’s facing the water with that address. Currently open for dinner, but it will begin serving lunch, too, in June. CLOSED