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Portland, Maine - My Long Weekend Food Itinerary - Thoughts Welcome!

Sounds like you should be giving people advice on visiting here with that write up. Have you spent time here or just study up real well?

Agreed to switch out Miccucci's for Slab. Yes on whoopie pie from Two fat cats. The desserts are Scratch are so good there's no need to stop at Cookie Jar too. I can't picture a two year old at Central Provisions. Not the right place.

There's food trucks all over the place now. Shawarma is new and really good. They've been parking at top of eastern prom. Them and Fishin Ships were up there tonight. If you can find El Corazon that would be good.

Slab reports, please!

I can't believe a place with that much hype over so many months actually EXCEEDED expectations.

The inside alone is first rate. There is nothing to compare it to in Portland. Looks like something out of a bigger city. Then you have the outside which is laid back and alive with up to 100 people or more at long tables.

Had the slab and the spicy wedge which I thought was great. Ice Cream cone cannoli was def not traditional but still very good. The beer list is probably only behind Novare. I liked both the colaboration beers I tried from Rising Tide and Gneiss. Plus if you wanna play it cheaper they got Naragannset on tap for 3 bucks.

Honestly I don't see myself picking another spot to go to that often after this. If it's nice out you go outside, you wanna sleek interior go inside, they got a bar with two decent size tvs if you wanna just watch the game and enjoy.

I actually like how limited the menu is. From the looks of Steve in the kitchen last night, they certainly don't need more stuff to make. Poor dude looked like he slept an hour in the past three months.

Maine Lunch IPA in Portland??

Bier Cellar, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods all are within a couple blocks of each other. There's also Rising Tide Brewing and Bunker Brewing right between them too. Also a beer place in the Portland Public Markethouse if you're in Monument Square.

Glad to read that MBC is brewing their Dinner Double IPA again. That is honestly the best Double IPA I've ever tasted next to Heady

Maine Lunch IPA in Portland??

Lunch is great but their MO might be even better and is far easier to find. Even at Trader Joe's

Lunch in Portland in late May

Yeah Blue Rooster is awesome. Easily my favorite take out sandwich/lunch spot in old port. I like Crooked Mile for what it is too.

If you venture out you could go to Aurora Provisions in the west end.

Last Minute Maine

Steak is probably the one really weak spot in our dining scene. There's a steakhouse in the Regency but it has mixed reviews.

Romantic in Portland but not stuffy? Fore street has all the awards but it fun and loud. That would be probably the best choice. Grace would be a great spot for a drink before or the meal itself. You do not wanna miss seeing inside there if you've never been.

New or overlooked in Portland???

On Congress St where Empire Dine and Dance was. They spent months renovating both floors, the music one upstairs and turning the bottom into a dim sum. Looks really nice, they did a great job

http://portlandempire.com/kitchen/

Some pics

http://www.blueberryfiles.com/2013/09...

Portland Hunt and Alpine

http://huntandalpineclub.com/

New or overlooked in Portland???

In'finiti for beer

Portland Hunt and Alpine club for craft cocktails

Blue Rooster for lunch/take out

Salvage BBQ and Empire Chinese just opened

Long weekend on Maine Cost - feedback on plan?

This is only a couple streets away from where you're staying. You should stop in sometime in the morning or lunchtime and grab something, even if just some dessert or local products.

http://www.auroraprovisions.com/

One Week in Portland

The owners of Grace have a new restaurant open and they spent a forture on the interior of this one too. Haven't been but heard good things.

https://www.facebook.com/OutliersEatery

Great page of pics

http://www.outlierseatery.com/

One Week in Portland

Maybe I missed it posted in here, but it seems we've been completely forgetting to mention Grace on Portland posts lately. If there is one place you should visit even just to have a drink and/or dessert, it's Grace. One of the best interiors of a restaurant you will ever walk into

http://www.restaurantgrace.com/

You're getting great weather on your trip. I just left the east end playground and going back now to hit up the food truck down the hill. You also got to see all the boats with that regatta thing happened. Hope you're having fun and kids are acting better than mine.

Maine Trip Report

Piccolo menu can be found here. Just type 53 in the page box to jump to the menu

http://misc.portlandmaine.gov/current...

Sounds good to me.

One Week in Portland

I've never been bobbert but you would have to be really digging into the cellar beers to go out of your way just for beer. To visit the place, that's a different story.

Novare is going to carry almost all the same stuff except for Ebenezer's really hard to find stuff.

What about these Portland restos? Need feedback

Considering I added about 50 places to eat in the other thread on the board, I'll add this one which nobody has mentioned in awhile. I've been a couple times and really enjoyed it

http://www.zapotecarestaurant.com/

One Week in Portland

Heady Topper makes Pliny tastes like Bud lime. You gotta go to Vermont to get it. Waterbury seems like a trip I gotta make someday for a beer utopia.

A fresh bottle, which you surely will get, of Maine Beer Co Lunch IPA is on par with Pliny. It's really good. Mo by Maine Beer Co is also one of my favorites.

Sebago makes some decent beers and they have a big brewpub restaurant in the old port on Middle Street right near Eventide/Duckfat and those places. You might think of stopping by for a beer before or after dinner.

http://www.sebagobrewing.com/location...

Yeah, Peaks is for the ferry ride and not the island.

Something you might wanna plan around on your Holy Donuts/Sea Dogs game is visiting Deering Oaks park. It's right in that area and there a big duck pond, a really cool wading pool for kids, a big playground, and lots of huge old trees. I would def plan to walk around there when you're over there that Thursday if it's decent out.

http://www.deeringoaks.org/

One Week in Portland

Come on Bobbert, can't go recommending RSVP over Bier Cellar. You can mix and match at Bier Cellar which is like the coolest thing ever. Any beer they sell there can be bought as one and you can create a four pack and get 5% off or a 6 pack and get 10% off. RSVP is pretty faded these days.

Scratch on weekdays is easy to get bagels and the store has a ton more items than 158. Go to the fridge and grab a little container of their homemade herb cream cheese. Don't even need a bagel, just eat it with your finger, lol.

Scratch also has Matt's coffee which is like the Allagash beer of coffee in Maine.

As far at the Peaks beach, Bob backed up what I said. You could walk up to the Inn on Peaks and grab a few beers on the deck or you could just get right back on the ferry after you get off. It's really worth it for a quick round trip even if you don't walk ten feet onto the island.

Ahhh, I don't wanna do this to you but we haven't mentioned Portland Lobster company. It's right on the water and they have decent food and a great deck with live music. I see Pete Kilpatrick is playing on the Saturday night you come in. He's is really good and has opened up for numerous acts around the northeast. Lyle Divinsky plays Sunday there at 5PM and he's got one of the best voices you've ever heard

http://www.portlandlobstercompany.com...

Pete
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg6Kt7...

Lyle and his absurdly talented voice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSDz37...

That's it, I'm done.

One Week in Portland

Let me add a couple notes to follow up on your follow up.

Remember that the food menu is pretty limited at Novare. Not sure what the kids would even eat. They just have one random person back there and I don't even see a kitchen. Food magically appears I guess.

Yes Oxbow is very good but I would highly advise against driving up there just for that. Google says it's an hour drive but I heard that stretch of road can be foolish in the summer. Could turn into two hours each way. I see that Novare has Freestyle 16 and Loretta from Oxbow on tap now. Nosh will always have an Oxbow on tap. Eventide has Oxbow on tap. Duckfat does too. Duckfat only taps 3 or 4 beers but they're always good. Oops did I sneak Nosh into this thread again? It's almost like I'm gonna post this next...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nzq-O...

Start at the 1:30 mark. Bacon dusted french fries may or may not appear at the 2:45 mark. Just a warning.

Ferry to Peaks is such a great little ride in the summer. I usually take my kid over and get right back on and go back. There's a little beach there but it's not really a beach beach. It will probably be you and five other people.

I didn't appreciate Smuttynose until I went to a few Smuttfests at Novare and had many of their big beers. Awesome brewery. If you end up going to fisherman's grill you'd pass Bier Cellar so why not pull over and check out the best selection in Maine.

https://www.facebook.com/biercellar

Just like Oxbow, I bet you didn't see Marshall Wharf Brewing on that list. They are probably the second best brewery in the state next to Allagash. They only started canning beer a few months ago and Cant Dog IPA is one of them. It is seriously my favorite IPA I've ever had next to Heady Topper. Hunt for it whether at Bier Cellar, Downeast Beverage, or Maine beer and beverage in the public market

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/...

I'm gonna throw one last place at you if you wanna stop for food and can't wait til portland. When Pigs Fly is a bakery but they opened a Pizza/Bakery/Beer eatery in Kittery Maine right as you get into maine from NH. They have a really impressive local beer list. Kittery has a stretch of outlets for shopping too.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/...

I see Marshall Wharf, I see Oxbow, I see two beers from Pretty Things which is the best brewery out of Boston area which we just started getting in Maine last month.

http://whenpigsflypizzeria.com/drinks...

Just throwing that out there.

One Week in Portland

Oh yeah, my bad. Portland Head Light. How can you trust me with french fries if I can't even get that lighthouse right? Tasty, bacon dusted french fries.

Since i took the effort to log back in, I'd like to add this as a lunch option. One of my favorite eateries in the city, plus you could go to Gorgeous Gelato after and really feel italian

http://www.paciarino.com/

One Week in Portland

Great advice on the concert series Bobbert. I see Sly Chi would be playing. They've been around forever and are really good. Lots of horns and the kids would probably dig it.

Aren't you proud I didn't go into a Nosh is better than Duckfat rant? Not once did I tell Sherm to go to Nosh for superior french fries and better food in this post.

Yes Two Lights/Ft Williams is a must to go to. Huge park, most photographed lighthouse in world, a beach on the left side, Bite into Maine food truck, a playground, and FREE parking. Only ten minutes from downtown and it gives you a reason to go by Scratch Baking which somehow we forgot
to mention. Elite bagels plus they make sandwiches now which you could take to park. Do not not get a scratch bagel while you are in Maine. Weekdays it's easy, weekends forget about it unless you wanna feel like you're waiting for a cronut

http://scratchbakingco.com/love/

http://www.yelp.com/biz/scratch-bakin...

You'll see tons of comments from people saying they are from NY and these are the best bagels they've ever had and you know how much that pains New Yorker's to say

One Week in Portland

Eastern prom on Sunday morning, Children's museum, holy donuts, two fat cats, novare......... are you trying to stalk me or something?

Wow, that is a well researched trip. I love the eastern prom. Go to the top of the hill(congress st) a couple blocks from the prom and stop into Rosemont Market

http://www.rosemontmarket.com/

There are three of them in portland and you'll probably run into another one while roaming the old port on commercial street. Anyway, grab a bagel, a sandwich, or just a drink just to say you did. Portlanders love this place. Also Hilltop coffee in the same building. There are a ton of a coffeshops intown if that's your thing.

My kids are 6 and 2 by the way. Walk to the eastern prom and there's a fun playground there. Also one of the best ocean/island views you'll ever see. If you walk down the hill you'll run into the east end beach. Quick place for them to dip their feet if it's a nice day. You'll also see the east end trail/running path which actually connects you to the old port.

This is going to sound messed up considering my screenname but skip Gritty's. Seriously. Skip Geary's and Shipyard too. Head to Buck's Naked BBQ a block away on wharf street. It has a whole room for familes and a couple playhouses for kids. They have a good kids menu and after driving they'll love to be able to run around the play area. The food is decent and the place is VERY clean. They also have Oxbow farmhouse beer on tap. It is the hot new brewery out of the woods of Maine and there isn't one Gritty's beer than can touch any of the Oxbow brews.

http://www.bucksnaked-bbq.com/index.php
http://oxbowbeer.com/Oxbow_Beer/Oxbow...

The best place to stock up on local beers is Bier Cellar on Forest Ave but if you're in the old port Downeast Beverage on Commercial street has a great selection.

Wednesday there is a big farmer's market in Monument square. You'll def wanna check that out. Also while you're in monument square you'll see our public market. You can even see they took the pic on a farmers market day

http://www.publicmarkethouse.com/

You have one mission here, go upstairs to Kamasouptra. Kamasouptra is the truth. They opened up another store in the Maine mall and have plans for world domination. Get the loaded potato soup and it comes with a tasty roll. Also maybe get a loaf of bread or something from Big Sky Bakery. Their whoopie pies are big and heavy and sugary unlike the light ones at Two Fat Cats. Speaking of treats, Foley's bakery is right in monument square too and he doesn't mess around.

http://foleyscakes.com/

You could also cross the street and take your kids to the newly renovated library. Cool little kids area. Plus you can see some of the finer people of Portland. Congress street and down the hill is a whooooole different world from what the tourists see on little cartoon maps. You'll find that out heading down to Bunker Brewing and Rising tide. Rising tide is awesome by the way.

Novare is a must and they have one of the best outdoor decks in the city. Kids are welcome during the daytime. One thing I didn't see on your list is In'Finiti. It's a huge new brewery/distillery/restaurant from the owners of Novare on commercial street. Their beers are all good and actually fairly priced unlike their food. A great deck on the water too.They sell 32 oz growlers in case you need something for the house.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Infini...

Also keep an eye out for all our new food trucks. Everybody is loving El Corazon. Such a nice family and the food is great

http://www.elcorazonfoodtruck.com/

Too bad you miss the First Friday Art walk and the Flea Bites(mad gathering of food trucks at Flea For All) by one day. It brings out a ton of people.

Hope that helps!

Outside downtown Portland

Surprised The Local Press hasn't been mentioned yet considering it's near you.

http://www.pressherald.com/life/go/_2...

You also have a second location of the Crooked Mile near you

http://www.pressherald.com/blogs/inth...

Late week night Portland

I've had them both and I like Scratch's better. I mean they're almost the same thing. 158 reminds me of a dive bar and I mean no disrespect by that. I just love the setup of Scratch and there is a far bigger variety of food in there.

Late week night Portland

Yeah your options are pretty much Denny's and a 7/11 hot dog that late on a Monday night. Weekends there would have been a few options.

If you got a car I would suggest driving across the bridge to Scratch Baking company in South Portland. They have just about the best bagel you will ever have and check out their TripAdvisor page if you think I'm joking.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...

http://scratchbakingco.com/love/

From there you could walk down to Willard Beach or I'd recommend getting back in your car and driving a couple minutes to Fort Williams/Portland Head LIght. Doesn't get much more scenic than that

Also you could hit up Standard Baking on Commercial street in Portland and then walk the east end trail down to the beach and go up on the Eastern Prom.

One afternoon in Portland

Go to Blue Rooster right off of Commercial street. Food is no joke

http://www.blueroosterfoodcompany.com/

Report -- 3.5 days in Portland

Gonna say this again like I mentioned a few months back. I think Nosh has the best french fries in the city and I honestly don't think Duckfat is that close. Bacon dusted french fries at Nosh really aren't in the business of messing around. Duckfat's are really good, but I think the hype runs a wee bit too deep with that place. In fact, Nosh pretty much beats it in all areas.

And good point bobbert about portland lobster feeling like a 50/50 mix of locals and tourists. That place and now In'finiti are the only two waterside commercial street eateries I hit up. The gastropub going into the Pierce Atwood building could be very promising though...

"CBRE-The Boulos Co. announced this week that King's Head LLC has a lease for a 2,250-square-foot gastro-pub serving high-quality beer and food. King's Head currently operate pubs in Stowe, Vt., and Athens, Ga., and plans to open its Portland restaurant in September, according to CBRE.

When contacted Wednesday, Justin O'Connor, a partner in King's Head, said that, for marketing purposes, he is not granting interviews until the pub is ready to open."

Report -- 3.5 days in Portland

Thanks for writing about your trip. Love Hot Suppa for breakfast but never tried lunch or dinner there. Guess I have to.

Been telling people that Portland Lobster Company is underrated as far as food goes. With their awesome location on the water, they really could get away with worse food like so many of the waterside commercial street eateries. Great workers, perfect setting, and the food is solid for that level.

And yeah you goofed with no whoopie pies from Two Fats Cats. Reason enough to plan another trip back.

The Holy Donut in Portland, ME - Good gluten-free donuts!

Holy Donut is the truth. They are far better eaten there as I don't think they hold up for very long taken home. Go in, get the sea salt glazed chocolate donuts, enjoy life.

Portland in April with kids--critique/advise away!

And now that In'Finiti is open on Commercial Street I have like an extra 200 feet on my monitor without being shocked!

Buck's has Oxbow on tap so they earn bonus points for me besides having a place for my crazy go nuts kids to go crazy go nuts.

East End Cupcakes, Gelato Fiasco, and Gorgeous Gelato are all within a few feet of each other on Fore St. I say you guys eat at all of them in a row and report back.

As far as sandwiches, the newly opened Blue Rooster is awesome. Damian isn't messing around

http://maine.eater.com/tags/blue-roos...

Portland in April with kids--critique/advise away!

People can say what they want about Buck Naked's food, but it has become the one place I can go out intown with my two kids. They have a whole seating section for families with little playhouses for kids. They can go crazy and it's okay, everybody in that area has kids. Flatbread is a good place for kids as well.

Portland - want to try something new

I really liked my first visit to Zapoteca a couple weeks ago. I never eat mexican food at all but we loved everything we had there. Drink selection was no joke either. Really a nice looking spot and right in the old port and a block from Novare.

Paciarino is near there too and if you like pasta, you gotta try it. Casual but you def feel like you're going out for dinner, at least at night.

I'll throw Walter's in there too. Hmmm, all places near Novare. It's almost like I like that place too.

http://www.zapotecarestaurant.com/

http://www.paciarino.com/

http://www.waltersportland.com/