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Fisherman's Grill -- Portland Maine

You can always head up the road to Susan's if FG is backed up. Not as good (or so I'm led to believe, haven't been to FG yet), but they can handle the volume.

Aug 14, 2012
the_MU in Northern New England

Flipside Pizza, Brunswick ME -- Finally, good pizza in Brunswick!

Glad you like the place.

Toppings on the menu are available all the time. As is the case with most of the good places in Brunswick, the veggie specials vary depending on what's abundant and in season.

Aug 14, 2012
the_MU in Northern New England

Fried Clams near Naples/North Windham, ME?

Don't know if it's still there, but a few years ago when we rented a place in Casco, there was a place called Fishermen's Net in Gray. Don't know if it's related to Fisherman's Net in Portland or not.

Edit because it's in Gray not Windham.

http://www.seriouseats.com/2011/07/be...

Aug 14, 2012
the_MU in Northern New England

Maine battered fried clams

Last time I was at Red's, which was admittedly a zillion years ago, all their fried food was substantially battered.

Jul 17, 2012
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Dinner for About 30 In Portland?

David's? Ri Ra? Bull Feeney's? DiMillo's?

These are all places that I've been to for corporate Christmas parties, so I know they accommodate groups.

Jan 29, 2012
the_MU in Northern New England

In Defense of Pedigreed Food

I live in a farming community. Farmer name checks are the furthest thing from pretentious here. Any decent non-chain restaurant does them. For example, our local pizza joint has a chalkboard that lists where the veggies, cheese and meat come from. I know some of those folks; of course I want to know if their stuff is on the menu and be able to buy it.

Nov 14, 2011
the_MU in Features

Where to take my foodie boyfriend for his 30th bday?

Rob Evans was just on Chopped last night, and said he went on the show in order to promote the Portland dining scene.

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Oct 13, 2011
the_MU in Northern New England

The Crowned Jewel of Brunswick, Maine [Athena]

Athena Trattoria is fricking great. It's a don't-miss if you're looking for moderately upscale in Brunswick. Blows H & M out of the water, less precious than Clementine, completely different aesthetic from Back Street Bistro. It's been several months since I went so sorry for lack of details. I hope to get back there soon.

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Back Street Bistro
11 Town Hall Plaza, Brunswick, ME 04011

Oct 06, 2011
the_MU in Northern New England

Sushi near Lewiston/Auburn?

There's a sushi place in Freeport, same building as China Rose. I've never been. It's closer than Portland.

Sep 25, 2011
the_MU in Northern New England

Beyond lobster -- what else is good?

Two Fat Cats will spoil you for any other whoopie pie in Maine.

You can totally taste the difference between oysters from different sources. It's very eye-opening. The restaurant on Commercial St. in the Harbor hotel has a pretty extensive oyster selection, though I haven't tried it. I had a sampler at the Senator in Augusta, of all places. Good deal and educational. Damariscotta is really the place to get oysters, though.

I prefer grapenut ice cream to indian pudding.

Shipyard Brewery tour/tasting is lot of fun. Partial to the Chamberlain's ale.

You can also check out the very cool Meadery on Washington Ave just past Congress St. for a mead tasting -- there are six or seven varieites from sweet to bone-dry to flavored with hops or lavender. They started in the UFF (Urban Farm & Fermentory) incubator on Fox St. I don't know if it's open to the public or not, but if it is, they are doing extremely interesting work there, brewing local cider, giving seminars on mushroom hunting, pickle making, and the like.

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Two Fat Cats
47 India St, D Portland, ME

Sep 23, 2011
the_MU in Northern New England

Interesting Portland Dinner - Old Port, Drinks

Go to J's for drinks. Don't get the oysters.

Sep 19, 2011
the_MU in Northern New England

Old Orchard Beach Area - Picnic Table Lobster Shacks?

Avoid the Clambake, it's bad.

Sep 01, 2011
the_MU in Northern New England

Maine Lobster Rolls

Love Thirsty Whale. No BS, decent food. Sometimes that's all you need.

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Thirsty Whale
40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Aug 15, 2011
the_MU in Northern New England

I love Sarah's!

If anyone is wondering, this is in Wiscasset.

Aug 09, 2011
the_MU in Northern New England

Lunch in Maine

Makes no sense to go south from Portland if you are planning to end up in Freeport. You will spend 2 of your 3 hours in the car.

Jul 24, 2011
the_MU in Northern New England

Driving from Portland to Mid coast and back July 4th weekend- looking for outdoor dining

Think of the math. The chance of a restaurant in Maine getting busted for not carding people is about nine gazillion times greater than the chance of one in Boston or NYC getting busted for it. A few years back, several restaurants in Portland got into deep trouble for serving underage customers.

Jul 08, 2011
the_MU in Northern New England

Are there any (good) German restaurants in Portland?

There's Richard's in Brunswick. I don't know if it's good.

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Richard's Restaurant
115 Maine St, Brunswick, ME 04011

Jul 07, 2011
the_MU in Northern New England

Eat at Trattoria Athena

I've only been once, but I'd have to concur that this place is really great, unpretentious but impeccable. It's on Mill St. which is the side street that parallels Rte 1, about a block off of Maine St. in Brunswick. Just go past the Great Impasta.

Jul 01, 2011
the_MU in Northern New England

Best chowder and bisque in Mid Coast and Downeast Maine

Our local joint, the Bowdoinham Town Landing, has some of the best fish chowder I've ever had. But they only make it on Fridays during the cold weather.

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Town Landing
12 Main St, Bowdoinham, ME 04008

Jun 28, 2011
the_MU in Northern New England

Imagine it is 9 pm Saturday in Portland

Local 188, hands down.

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Local 188
685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102

Jun 21, 2011
the_MU in Northern New England

Strawberry season in Coastal Maine

While walking my dog this morning, I could smell strawberries from Fairwinds in the breeze. Gotta be ready soon.

Jun 20, 2011
the_MU in Northern New England

Planning a Rushed Eating Tour of Portland!

If you can't stand the wait at Red's (I sure can't) you can stop at Sea Basket, which you will pass before arriving in the center of Wiscasset. Aside from the ginormous lobster rolls at Red's, there's nothing you can get there that isn't equally good at Sea Basket. I especially don't care for the extra-thick batter on the clams at Red's.

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Sea Basket
303 Bath Rd, Wiscasset, ME

Jun 16, 2011
the_MU in Northern New England

Planning a Rushed Eating Tour of Portland!

In-town Portland is not your best option for seafood shack food. You could go to Gilbert's Chowder House, I guess, or Free Range Seafood on Commercial (never been but they advertise lobster rolls and things), or, further up Commercial past the S. Portland bridge, I think it's called Benny's, which is an actual shack with a deck and a view of the extremely working waterfront -- think giant oil tanks and cargo ships. I went there once last year after driving past it for over a decade. It was ok but nothing to write home about.

Or, you could head to the old Cape Elizabeth standard: Lobster Shack at Two Lights. The food's ok. Nobody offers a better view while eating your onion rings & fried clams.

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Lobster Shack
225 Two Lights Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

Jun 16, 2011
the_MU in Northern New England

Fishermen's Grill, Forest Ave. Portland

Nice. I am admiring those fried clams in the right-hand corner. I think lobster rolls are ok -- and those look nice -- but they always seem like cheating to me. :) "Me tear bug limb from limb." I only have lobster every couple of years, when my family is visiting from elsewhere.

I can't remember exactly where the place in Casco was -- we only had it for a week and it was like eight years ago. Pleasant Lake sounds familiar, but that might be because I live near a similarly- named one, Pleasant Pond (Peacock Beach FTW).

It is amazing how built up 302 is now.

Jun 15, 2011
the_MU in Northern New England

Fishermen's Grill, Forest Ave. Portland

Adam Richman, huh? What's his book called? I only know him from his gluttony show on Food Network.

Fisherman's Net has been an absolute standby for buying seafood in Portland. BTW I did know that the Windham location of Fisherman's Net has a nice outdoor deck and a restaurant, just not the Forest Ave one. One year my family rented a camp in Casco and we bought something like 10 giant hardshell lobsters from the Windham shop for a big bash. They were spectacular.

Jun 14, 2011
the_MU in Northern New England

Fishermen's Grill, Forest Ave. Portland

I didn't know Fisherman's Net served prepared food. For that sort of thing I like Susan's, about a half-mile past there, very much. Across the street, kitty-corner from Susan's, is a sleeper of a place called Po'boys and Pickles, which serves large and tasty sandwiches and things, as per the name.

There are 2 Vietnamese places near there, right across the st. from each other. I like the menu at Thanh Thanh better, but I've been to Saigon once and it seems ok.

Sengchai Thai is next to the Asian market across the street from Thanh Thanh, and is one of the better Thai places in Portland. There's another one closer to Fisherman's Net, I think it's called Bangkok(???) but we always go to Sengchai.

Yep, we're creatures of habit.

Jun 13, 2011
the_MU in Northern New England

Boston to Midcoast Maine...interesting stops along the way?

On the really ugly stretch of Rte 1 leading into Brunswick (aka Pleasant St) you will find Lion's Pride, which has one of the best beer lists in the state.

May 23, 2011
the_MU in Northern New England

Good eats between Biddeford and Portland, including Saco and Old Orchard Beach

Check out the gazillion Portland threads. Saco and OOB are not especially CHish destinations, and are well within Portland's orbit. It's worthwhile to drive the extra ten minutes to get into town.

Some people like Good Table in Cape Elizabeth, but it's been getting very mixed responses lately.

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Good Table
527 Ocean House Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

May 17, 2011
the_MU in Northern New England

Driving from NYC to Kennebunkport, ME in May

Steamers are better than oysters at J's IMHO. You can search through previous threads for details.

May 17, 2011
the_MU in Northern New England

Otto Vs. Otto 2

Probably easier to park up on Munjoy Hill than down in the Arts District. As far as I can tell, the bar looks the same in both places. There are two seating areas in the newer Otto -- one by the "by the slice" counter with tables and one by the bar, with banquettes. The walls next to the banquettes are decorated with harps from piano insides, providing a nicely atmospheric steam-punkish effect.

May 17, 2011
the_MU in Northern New England