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Portland - need non dining food stop ideas!

This is all so excellent! I just finished pulling together a walking tour that I think will be a nice treat and get most of these suggestions in as well. We can't wait to get there and check all these places out!!

Thank you all for your help - I will report back next week with where we went and what we thought. Cheers!

Aug 27, 2012
LabPal in Northern New England

Portland - need non dining food stop ideas!

Wow! This is so wonderful! Thank you for all the suggestions and notations about what will be closed on Sunday. My apologies for referring to the Old Port as Old Town. . . we have done a bit of traveling lately and I clearly slipped!

One more question I just thought of. . . is Portland an early town or a late town? We tend to eat dinner on the later side and have often found ourselves butting up against the kitchen closing time. What is the best time to grab a meal so that we can enjoy it and be amongst other diners as well?

Aug 16, 2012
LabPal in Northern New England

Visiting downtown Boston with our Labrador. . . dog friendly spots anyone??

REPORT:
Well we are back from Boston and what a great time we had!! Our dog really enjoyed the trip as well and was welcomed at several places as we wandered about. The folks at the Clover Food Truck gave him some roasted carrots that he was eyeing as my husband and I waited for our "pour over" coffee. And Stephi's on Tremont brought two bowls of water each for our dog and our friends' dog. It was one hot morning and the boys enjoyed the icey liquid! Boston Common has an offleash pilot program area. We didn't test it out, but we did see a lot of local folks with their dogs. I agree with several posters here that the South End and even parts of the Back Bay were more dog-accommodating than say Beacon Hill or the North End.

As for my husband and I, we enjoyed lunch at Neptune Oyster and Yankee Lobster Company - YLC got the higher marks for the lobster. It was fresher tasting and more tender. We enjoyed dinner at No. 9 Park and La Voile. Both were fantastic! No 9 is the most accommodating kitchen we have ever experienced. And our waitress Inez was perfectly humorous and informative. The drinks at La Voile before dinner were refreshing and different. We followed that up with cocktails at City Bar in the Lenox Hotel. A very preppy place with crafty cocktails.

For coffee we did check out Caffe Vittoria in the North End for iced coffee (excellent!) on a recommendation from a coworker who used to live in Boston. My husband got a cannoli there later in the week with some colleagues and he was very disappointed. Our last food stop before I and the pooch headed back southward was Thinking Cup on Tremont St. The coffee was fantastic, but the breakfast sandwiches were just okay. Its location right across from the Common made it an ideal quick stop for breakfast with our dog, so if we return to Boston we will likely stop there again but will skip the sandwiches.

All in all it was a great trip! We loved the feeling of the South End and the Haymarket on the edge of the North End. We regret that Prezza wasn't open, but there is always next time!

Aug 15, 2012
LabPal in Greater Boston Area

Portland - need non dining food stop ideas!

My husband and I are coming to Portland over Labor Day weekend. We have our dinners planned (Fore St and Emilitsa), we have tickets to the BrewFest, and we are taking a bike tour of the lighthouses. What we NEED are ideas for shops of the culinary kind to make sure we hit as we stroll around Old Town. We will not have a car, so while I am sure there are lots of places within a short distance, please don't tempt us with locations outside a reasonable walking distance of the Old Town area. My husband wants to be sure to get a good lobster treat and I really want to make sure I get a good chocolate treat! We love cheese and meats and wandering local markets or little food markets is something we enjoy doing. We also love good coffee! So please help us fill a few hours of wandering. Oh, does anyone know if Old Town shops are generally open on Sun and Labor Day Monday?

Aug 15, 2012
LabPal in Northern New England

Visiting downtown Boston with our Labrador. . . dog friendly spots anyone??

I would like to thank the CH staff for removing the non-food related posts regarding whether someone likes or dislikes having a dog on a patio where they are dining. I never intended for this thread to become the debate venue for Dog Lovers vs Dog Dislikers. Thank you, LabPal

Jul 25, 2012
LabPal in Greater Boston Area

Visiting downtown Boston with our Labrador. . . dog friendly spots anyone??

The Kimpton Hotels are all dog friendly and there are 2 or 3 in Boston. One near Boston Common and then 2 others. Check out www.kimptonhotels.com and search by City. Since I am the one who started the thread, I will leave the dining suggestions to others but I will post a reply once we return with where we went and what we experienced with our 4-legged furry pal in tow.

Jul 25, 2012
LabPal in Greater Boston Area

Visiting downtown Boston with our Labrador. . . dog friendly spots anyone??

Gabatta, this other thread was also very helpful. It seems Boston "health laws" with regard to dogs may be just like Princeton's! At least here at some places the servers just tell you they are not allowed to touch the dogs while others follow the "tie them up off the patio" rule. That makes more sense and is more friendly than having to tie them up 10-12 feet away.

Jul 17, 2012
LabPal in Greater Boston Area

Visiting downtown Boston with our Labrador. . . dog friendly spots anyone??

Ok so I think I have a few spots to start. But how about this - it seems like it might be easier and less chance for drama if we plan to take a picnic lunch to a park. . . since we will be North End mainly with some meandering to South End and Newbury Street, can anyone recommend a good deli or gourmet shop where we can make a nice picnic meal?

Jul 17, 2012
LabPal in Greater Boston Area

Visiting downtown Boston with our Labrador. . . dog friendly spots anyone??

All this is all great information! I think we have a good list to at least start with and if we encounter anymore places of note while we are there, I will certainly report back!! Thank you all so much!!!

Jul 15, 2012
LabPal in Greater Boston Area

Visiting downtown Boston with our Labrador. . . dog friendly spots anyone??

Thanks MK. We will definitely take a look in the South End!

Jul 13, 2012
LabPal in Greater Boston Area

Visiting downtown Boston with our Labrador. . . dog friendly spots anyone??

My husband and I are going to be in Boston in August for a weekend with a our beloved 9 yr old Labrador Retriever. We are staying at a super dog-friendly hotel, but we are not bringing him along to leave him in the hotel room all day. I have searched for some breakfast and even dinner spots with outdoor seating but I am not coming up with much. My husband and I love to eat good food (he loves seafood, I can take it or leave it / please keep the foie gras places out - I had enough in France to last me a lifetime!). We enjoy fine wine, yummy cocktails and cold brews. We are also big coffee drinkers. I am looking for simple to moderate scale breakfast spots and dinner spots with interesting plate options and a generally well regarded reputation for quality and service. Farm to table is always welcome! We are going to be focusing dog-tag-a-long time in and around the Boston Common area. If there other must-do places, we will have 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches in Boston and we will venture outside the BC area so I will also take suggestions for just generally good local places that we shouldn't miss (with our without the pooch). Thank you for your comments and recommendations in advance!!

Jul 13, 2012
LabPal in Greater Boston Area