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Grocery store on our way?

There is a Hannaford on Route 1 in Kennebunk (next door to K'Port) - Hannaford and Shaws are our two major grocery store chains (Hannaford is better, IMO). It will have all the organic food you are seeking.

Wine shops in Portland

Old Port Wine Merchants on Commercial Street. Great selection. Incredibly knowledgeable owner/staff.

Seafood Takeout-Style Greater Portland

Which place serves up your favorite seafood in the Greater Portland area (say, Freeport to Saco)? I'm talking about the fried scallops and onion rings on paper plates type - not the fancy Street & Co. type. I'm local so views and ambience aren't as important as food quality. I've got my go-to places, I'm wondering if I'm missing out on others. Thanks!

the well at jordan farms

Yes, and it's fabulous! They post the menu on their website each day. Usually 4-5 entree options including a vegetarian choice. All of the ingredients are locally sourced - many right from the farm. It's BYOB. A few tips.....bring a jacket and bug spray. If you have 6 or more in your party you can make reservations - try to get the screened in gazebo! Aim for sunset and you'll have a beautiful setting.

Takeout in Portland

When you just don't want to cook, where do you go for takeout and what do you get? Other than the standard pizza or Chinese food.....

Corned beef source

Smaha's in South Portland. My family has been buying CB from them for at least 40 years. Sorry not to have seen this earlier - might be too late if you want it for Sunday.

Portland Area Restaurants of Days Gone By....

What are some of your favorite memories of restaurants that no longer exist? They don't have to be good restaurants, just gone. I have three that remind me of when I was a kid...

1. York's Steakhouse at the mall....the dessert portion of that long buffet counter was the best part (I was about 6);

2. Wassen's Grove (sp?) on Route 100 in Falmouth/Gray - best burgers ever;

3. A place on Congress Street across from Porteous. It became D'Angelos at one point then an Asian takeout place. Could have been a Deering Ice Cream...I remember going there after shopping with my mom. They had multi-colored school-style kids chairs. Loved it!

Anyone else with similar childhood memories (and an amazement about how far Portland has come in the restaurant field)?

Need quick suggestions for after work in Portland! Please!

A group of us were going out after work this evening to Bayside Bowl. Well, they're closed for renovations. Now we need to focus our energy elsewhere...

The requirements:

1. Parking (in a lot or plenty of street parking);
2. Decent food options;
3. Casual spot where some work buddies can just hang out...ala Bayside Bowl;
4. We would like to stay in Portland.

Thank you very much for any suggestions!

Tuesday Lunch Bangor/Waterville/Augusta

Dysart's was pretty awesome.

Tuesday Lunch Bangor/Waterville/Augusta

Hot turkey sandwich?

Tuesday Lunch Bangor/Waterville/Augusta

We're going to Dysarts! Neither of us has been there before so this will be an interesting experience!

Tuesday Lunch Bangor/Waterville/Augusta

Dysarts! Why didn't I think of that? I've heard of it many times but never been. This might just be my chance!

Tuesday Lunch Bangor/Waterville/Augusta

Hi All-

I'll be leaving a conference in Bangor on Tuesday around 12:30 PM and heading back to Portland. Looking for a place for a quick, casual but tasty lunch on the way back. Nothing heavy - a really good sandwich would be great. I won't make it all the way to Portland without eating. Ease of access to I-95 would be a bonus!

Thank you!

What is the best restaurant in Manhattan...with one caveat...

I haven't disappeared - I'm watching with avid interest and taking notes. I think it's a rather interesting debate that has started here.

Mar 01, 2012
browndog888 in Manhattan

What is the best restaurant in Manhattan...with one caveat...

You don't like seafood.

Most of the finer restaurants seem to have menus that are dominated by seafood. And, well, the body likes what it likes.

Thank you.

Feb 28, 2012
browndog888 in Manhattan

Clinton Street Baking Co. - a couple questions.

Well, the pancakes are what I want (blueberry specifically) so it seems that a late breakfast on Friday will be the best route. Thanks all!

May 09, 2011
browndog888 in Manhattan

Clinton Street Baking Co. - a couple questions.

1. Does it live up to the hype?

2. Which is the better time to go for breakfast - Friday morning between 10:30 - 11:00 or be there when it opens (or prior to) on Saturday morning?

Thank you!

Clinton Street Baking Co.
4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

May 08, 2011
browndog888 in Manhattan

Seeking "old school" Italian-American in Manhattan.

Patsy's has been on my short list of places to go for years but I've always gone somewhere else. Anyone else care to chime in with their thoughts on the place? Sometimes I shy away from nostalgic places because I fear they have become touristy and no longer focused on putting out a fabulous meal. Would love to hear the thoughts of others! Thank you!

May 03, 2011
browndog888 in Manhattan

Seeking "old school" Italian-American in Manhattan.

It might not be trendy but I really enjoy the classic Italian-American sauce, meatballs, gobs of mozzarella and the dreaded (but my favorite) eggplant parmigiana with a side of pasta. In other words....carb heaven! Can someone please direct me to what they feel is the best in the city? Neighborhood, price and decor aren't as important as the food. Some of the menus that appeal to me are John’s of 12th Street or Angelo of Mulberry Street. I just have the one dinner so I want to make the best, most informed decision. Thanks in advance for any help you provide me!

Angelo of Mulberry Street
146 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

John's of 12th Street
302 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

Apr 23, 2011
browndog888 in Manhattan

Lunch in Boston on Friday afternoon...suggestions please.

I will be coming down on Friday with two friends to go to the Sox game. We plan on getting there around 1:30, checking into our hotel, and going out for lunch. We would like a casual spot where we can get a fantastic lunch (pizza, sandwiches, burgers, etc.). We are staying right near the Arlington t-stop so something either in that area or some place on the green line would be great. We will be driving down from the north (I-95 to Route 1) so if you think there is another place that's better in NH or MA north of Boston that would be great as well. Thanks so much!

Birthday Dinner Suggestions for Portland

Sorry, I should have provided more information. Just three of us so no need for a private room. Not picky about cuisine, we'll all east just about anything as long as it's good. Ambience/vibe are not as important as food. We're foodies but not food snobs, we're just as happy in a diner as we are in Fore Street. I guess one thing that would be important would be that we don't feel rushed, i.e. appetizers, dinner, get out. Anything in greater Portland (lets make Brunswick the northern limit and Ogunquit the southern limit) is fine. We're from here so we're familar with the restaurants it's just so hard to choose. I'm hoping someone out there can help me decide. I love Fore Street, the Front Room, Hugo's, Blue Spoon. many choices!

Birthday Dinner Suggestions for Portland

I need help selecting a restaurant for a birthday dinner next Saturday. So many good choices in Portland that it's tough to choose one - I'll take any suggestions. Thank you!

NYC dinner in the rain tomorrow

What about Bookmarks in the Library Hotel? I got it off the website for Campbell's Apartment and it looks cozy but not quite as stuffy. Anyone been there?

Oct 16, 2009
browndog888 in Manhattan

NYC dinner in the rain tomorrow

Dansko's ok? We'll be in jeans for sure!

Oct 16, 2009
browndog888 in Manhattan

NYC dinner in the rain tomorrow

I'll be in NYC just tomorrow and need some restuarant help. I'm fine for breakfast and lunch but I need some dinner suggestions for two people who will be tired and cold (and probably a little wet) by that time. We will be in casual clothes (i.e. jeans) and since we have no hotel to change or clean up at we will probably be a tad disheveled by that time. So, we're looking for a lounge type place where we could sit in some large comfy chairs (a fire would probably be welcomed by then) and have a few cocktails and some good food. One of the spots I was looking at was Aspen. I've wanted to go the last several times I was in the city but just didn't make it. Not opposed to hotel lounges either where we could just relax and not feel pressured to leave. Any help or suggestions are appreciated! Thanks!

Oct 16, 2009
browndog888 in Manhattan

Recs for breakfast in Cambridge..

Hi...I will be staying at Le Meridien on Sidney Street Thursday night and would like a good spot to go for breakfast on Friday. Walking distance would be great but not required. We like small, locally owned typed places. Outdoor seating would be a huge plus. Just looking for a great breakfast in the area....not the fanciest! Thank you!

New Year's Day Brunch in Portland

Does anyone have any suggestions for places that are having a New Year's Day brunch?

Captain Daniel Stone Inn - Brunswick

I've just been informed that this is where my family will be having Thanksgiving dinner. Does anyone have any reviews? Good food? It's a traditional buffet I believe. I was voting for the Harraseeket but since I'm not paying my vote didn't count!

Portland casual eats

Depends on your definition of affordable and the type of food. For casual but still good I like Salt Water Grille and Joe's Boathouse, both in South Portland. There is also Duckfat. Rivalries has good pub food and plenty of TV's to watch the Sox. Portland Pie Company has the best pizza (IMO) with Flatbread as a close second.

Brits visiting Portland

Depends on what type of lunch you are looking for and whether you want simple and small since you will be eating at a wedding later. For a VERY SIMPLE lunch you could get take-out from Kettle Cove Take-Out (between Higgins Beach and Portland) and go to Kettle Cove for a fantastic view while enjoying some fried fish.

Another nice spot is Salt Water Grille in South Portland. Good food and the view of downton Portland from their back deck cannot be beat! Joe's Boathouse (also in South Portland) also has great food and a great view.

The Front Room in Portland is great for breakfast/brunch. Closer to Higgins Beach in Cape Elizabeth is The Good Table. They have wonderful breakfast/brunch food!