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Beer - Best place to fill a growler in Portland ME

The only growlers I've seen in stores around Portland are from Sheepscot. Not good beer at all. the growler scene in Portland is weak. I would say the whole state is behind on growlers, but I do hear Marshall Wharf in Belfast sells them. I thought the new law that passed last year was going to make it possible to walk into brewpubs and breweries and fill your growler. Even if we could just buy a growler at a brewpub that would be an improvement.

Aug 30, 2011
mjp81 in Northern New England

Harpswell, Maine for 1 week...need suggestions for chowing

Razor clams are a Maine treat. They may be difficult to harvest but they are on plenty of menus in Southern Maine usually for a weekend a month.

Jun 27, 2010
mjp81 in Northern New England

Microbreweries

I walked in and was not impressed with harpoon at all. They charged for small samples of their beers, I believe it was $2 for a couple ounces. Most places just give them away in expectations that you'll buy a pint. Not too helpful or friendly either. There's a restaurant along with a store... didn't bother hanging around in the restaurant and the store didn't offer any deals on beer. Its the old location of Catamount with some nice views but I didn't feel it was worth a detour to rt. 91.

Apr 02, 2010
mjp81 in Northern New England

Microbreweries

Good idea with Long Trail. Totally forgot to mention it. Great setting. Self guided tour when I was there. Great selection of merchandise too.

Mar 30, 2010
mjp81 in Northern New England

Microbreweries

The Alchemist would be my preference. A wide variety of offerings, featuring locally produced products. Zero Gravity brewery at Flatbread.... they usually have 8 or so beers on tap plus plenty of offerings from around the world. Bottle selection is very good as well.

Mar 29, 2010
mjp81 in Northern New England

Microbreweries

Run of the Mill in Saco, Me has standard pub fare. The beer is not good. Sebago and Sea Dog beers are ok. Same with the food. Not worth the drive. Redhook is nothing special. Plenty of free beers on the tour but the beers are just alright.

If I were you- Head to the Portsmouth Brewery. Excellent beer and food. After that head up 89 and hit the Alchemist in Waterbury, VT. Tremendous beers and great food. After that keep heading up to American Flatbread in Burlington. Great pizza's and beers. Drive down rt. 7 and hit Wolavers/Otter Creek Brewing in Middlebury. They give an excellent tour. If you're feeling adventurous you can hit up Rock Art in Morrisville and take a tour.(after you hit Alchemist) More great beers. Vermont will give you plenty of great beers along with good food. Informative tours as well.

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Portsmouth Brewery
56 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

American Flatbread
46 Lareau Rd, Waitsfield, VT 05673

Mar 29, 2010
mjp81 in Northern New England

Rockland Maine

They opened for the season last year on Mothers Day.

Mar 09, 2010
mjp81 in Northern New England

865 Forest Ave. Portland

And the revolving door continues..... Mexico Lindo has closed. What will it be next?

Feb 14, 2010
mjp81 in Northern New England

Vermont? White River Junction/Lebanon(NH) to Stowe

For dinner- Michael's on the Hill in Waterbury Center.
For Nightlife- The Alchemist in downtown Waterbury. Good food so you could always do lunch there. Great beer too!!

Feb 09, 2010
mjp81 in Northern New England

Burlington and/or Portland - Good Bar Food

I have to agree with the rec's of Portsmouth Brewery and Lion's Pride. Both have plenty of really good beer and its way above your typical bar food.

Run of the Mill in Saco is typical bar food. Same can be said about Gritty's, Sea Dog and Sebago in Portland. GLB has very mediocre food. Novare has a bigger beer selection than Lion's Pride but no burgers or fries.

I say eat dinner at the Alchemist in Waterbury. Get there early as it fills up quick. Great beers! When you hit Portland- Do lunch at Novare, dinner at Lion's and the second night's dinner at Portsmouth. That would be not only a great beer trip but food as well.

Sep 17, 2009
mjp81 in Northern New England

Cheap eats in Portland

Last time I was at Duckfat you can only order at the counter for take out. They had a change in policy. If your sitting down you order at your table with waitstaff service. That tip bumps up the cost a bit. Plus the waitstaff is not all that worthy of sitting down. Best to take it to go.

Sep 14, 2009
mjp81 in Northern New England

Thessaloniki- Mid-October

I'll be traveling to Thessaloniki in mid-October for an extended stay and I'm looking for recommendations on where to eat in and around the city. Some excellent seafood places?? Ouzeries?? Thanks in advance for the help.

Sep 07, 2009
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Chrys's Greek Restaurant - Old Orchard Beach, Maine

I've had what you're talking about at the Spartan Grill in Monument Sq. and it was dry. I was told it was braised leg of lamb which came from a farm in Westbrook. I'll have to give it another try to see if it is moist this time.

Aug 19, 2009
mjp81 in Northern New England

Chrys's Greek Restaurant - Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Bewley, You're dead on in your description of OOB. Its a hilarious description but a sad state that OOB is in. As for rotisserie gyro meat.... I've never had a gyro with actual rotisserie meat. Street gyro's, greek festivals and now these low end "greek" restaurants all serve this pre-sliced meat. The only thing that separates the good from the bad are the pita and tzatziki. I'm assuming fresh lettuce and tomatoes.

Morganna- The sausage could be loukaniko.... Old Neighborhood makes it. Known for the orange zest that dominates the flavor. Does this sound right? The Waterbury,VT area could use a good, greek restaurant in your neighborhood Morganna. I've never even seen a greek restaurant in the entire state.

Aug 19, 2009
mjp81 in Northern New England

Lion's Pride Pub, Brunswick

I too was there last week and was highly impressed. The lamb burger was quite tasty and the beer selection was 35 drafts along with numerous bottles. In two months or so they'll have their own house brewed beers on tap as well. For those who have been to Novare Res in Portland, just imagine a place with actual food, (not small plates) that is much better than pub grub and service that is prompt and knowledgeable. Novare can only aspire to be this good.

Aug 16, 2009
mjp81 in All New England Archive

Old Orchard Beach

The "greek" restaurant you mention is Jimmy the Greek, and looking at the menu its not very greek at all. Typical house of pizza/ diner slop. You can do much better for authentic greek food. Old Orchard has nothing for a restaurant scene.... if you're going to drive up to Cape Elizabeth you might as well go to Portland. You could also stop into Kennebunk for better food than you'll find in OOB. Pier fries and Lisa's Pizza. That's it. Don't listen to the Phantom.

Jun 15, 2009
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Damian's on the River, New Boston, NH

I recently ate at Damians as part of a wedding celebration and being that it was a wedding, we didn't have to worry about prices. The menu was three courses with the cake at the end. Cream of carrot soup with duck stuffed fried tortillas was a good start. Next off was a caesar salad with crouton wrapped around the romaine greens which held all the greens together. On top was a parmesan crisp. Interesting presentation but it was still just a salad. Entree's were a choice of pork chops or surf and turf. The surf and turf had scallops served in the shell and about a 6-8oz. portion of beef loin wrapped in bacon. Scallops were small but good. Beef was well done unfortunately(temperatures were not taken) but I understand they were playing to the masses. Tarragon rice was a bit gummy but flavorful. Cake was mocha-chocolate which was moist and had good mocha flavor. Overall it was a mix bag food wise. It was there first wedding and had they done temps on the beef it could've made the experience much better. Service was a mix bag.(bread arriving at the end of our entrees) I'm sure finding help in the area is difficult. Damian himself was there which was nice to see. I can't imagine finding myself in the area again but if I was I would give it a shot.

Jun 04, 2009
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Primo on Mother's Day

After many years of wanting to go to Primo, the 3 courses for $38 made it too hard to resist, even with an hour and a quarter drive. I had very high hopes going into the meal, regardless of the mixed reviews that abound on here. They met my expectations and then some. Service was terrific. Nicely paced, two hours and forty five minutes from start to finish.(4 of us) To start were the homemade breads and biscuits. These were excellent(focaccia, chive and cheese biscuit, etc). The amuse was smoked salmon with some micro greens on a waffle potato with chive cream. Considering the multitude of components in the dish, the salmon still stood out. Appetizers considered of a green salad, seared tuna, oysters Rockefeller and shad roe. The presentation, of what most would consider a mundane salad, was beautiful in a large, rustic wooden bowl. Five oysters were served over rock salt. Clean presentations on different plates/bowls throughout the meal made each dish stand out. Portions were more than generous considering the quality of the product and the price. Entree's consisted of skate, fruits de mer and roast prime rib. Portions were enourmous. The prime rib alone could go for $38. Served with fiddleheads, asparagus and potatoes. Horseradish cream on top of the rare piece of beef. Fruits de mer consisted of crab claws, clams, mussles and baby octopus on linguine. The skate was from the Gulf of Maine and was nicely pan fried allowing the fish to bring out its natural sweetness. Desserts were tremendous as well. Chocolate cake, rhubarb crustada, pistachio cannoli and a strawberry shortcake were overly enjoyed. Mignardise were served with the check, gingered-chocolate truffles, candied orange peel and grapefruit gelee. Overall, an excellent meal. I was at Hugo's two months ago and by far, these two restaurants are the tops in Maine. No one else is at this level of service, atmosphere and culinary skill, certainly not in Portland.(with holding Hugo's)

May 12, 2009
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Chef Et Al, Portland ME? Nice food, need new digs

Maine Revenue Services has shut the restaurant down. Rumors had persisted that an investor had come aboard and was going to make changes. Small plates, tapas-style food. Club, music, entertainment... however you want to put it. Changes to the decor. Maybe the spot will see a second life but there are obviously some past financial issues with MRS shutting it down.

May 01, 2009
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Celebration Lunch in Portland, ME

Fore St. doesn't serve lunch as the poster requested.

Apr 21, 2009
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Best food near Stowe, Vermont

The beer alone is worth a visit to the Alchemist. In terms of food, I've eaten there a handful of times and have never been disappointed. The food is a step up from typical pub food. Typical being the type you'd find at the Vermont Pub & Brewery. They place a strong emphasis on local ingredients which shows they're actually cooking fresh food and not reheating Sysco products.

Apr 13, 2009
mjp81 in Northern New England

Fresh Fish in Burlington, VT

For an area as large as Greater Burlington you'd think there would be a retail fish market. The supermarket and co-op selection is sub-par. Why has no one established a fish market? Driving down to Boston a few times a week to pick up fish to bring back to the area seems like a money making venture.

Oct 22, 2008
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Fresh strawberry ice cream @ Red's, S. Portland

You're speaking of a different Red's (wiscasset) than this thread.

Jun 22, 2008
mjp81 in Northern New England

Take Out Place in Portland, ME?

Could be binga's winga's on congress st. Excellent wings.

Jun 12, 2008
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Dinner in Portland with two under 21 college kids

I will not recommend the Pepperclub to anyone for numerous reasons. For your price range and ages you should try- Front Room, Blue Spoon, 188, Davids. There are probably more that I am forgetting. Miyake is the best for sushi, fish flown in from Japan. Don't be fooled by Browne Trading!!

Apr 28, 2008
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Maine adventures

A few years ago.... Saltwater Grille has been there since 2001 at the very least. Check their website. What sense does it make to mention a place that hasn't existed in 7 years. Might as well recommend Stone Coast downtown.
The food at GLB is no different than any low- level sports bar. Even Rivalries does it better. Go for the beer, not the food.

Apr 18, 2008
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Maine adventures

The Sea Dog in Camden closed six years ago. There was never a Sea Dog in South Portland. Great local beer is high praise for Sea Dog considering they're owned by Fred Forsley and Shipyard. The food at Great lost bear is horrific.

Apr 16, 2008
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Sports bar - Burlington, VT area?

Church St. tavern is probably your best bet with multiple tv's and decent food.

Mar 18, 2008
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Maine - Good, Bad, or Eh...ok?

The Beard list is the initial 20 for the northeast. That gets whittled down to the top 5 for the actual award. Anyone can nominate a chef, including themselves.

Mar 05, 2008
mjp81 in Northern New England

late night, congress st, portland

Congress St. is too long of a street with many options..... you'll have to narrow down your location on it.

Feb 25, 2008
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