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Sep 30, 2000 09:19 PM

Poor funky dining in Portland

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Help us! We have just moved to Higgens Beach, Maine and are completely broke after purchasing a new house. Any cheap eats ideas? We'd love to hear them.

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  1. Try "Norm's" on Congress Street

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    1. re: John Rab

      I always said beer is a meal. With that in mind, run, don't walk, down to Brian Boru on the fringe of the old port.
      A pint of Guiness, perfectly poured should do the trick.
      Bread and liquid bread, the staff of life!

    2. Congratulations on your new house! I hope your move went well!

      Some cheap food places in Portland, just off the top of my head:

      Silly's on Munjoy Hill, a glorified, funky burger & pizza joint with interesting specials.

      Fresh Market Pasta (there's a S. Portland location and one in the Old Port), which will give you more perfectly decent fresh pasta than one person can eat for less than $7.

      Blue Mango on Pleasant St. in the West End, sort of ecclectic hippy & bar food.

      Any of the formica-table Thai places -- we like Vientiane, in the back of a Thai grocery on Brighton Ave.

      Granny's Burritos in the Old Port are generic, but large, inoffensive, and cheap.

      1. Local 188 on State St (corner of Congress) has great, cheap food. Uncle Billy's (newbury st.) is VERY funky, and has very good food (BBQ), too. The Porthole on one of the wharves off Commercial St. (behind Gilbert's chowder house, also cheap and decent) has good food. The Good Table in Cape Eliz. has pretty good food, decent prices. I second the vote for Norm's Bar & Grill on Congress. Norm's also has a BBQ joint on Middle st. American Pie on Forest Ave. and Flatbread on the next wharf over from Porthole both have good wood-fired brick oven pizza. There's a Vietnamese hole-in-the-wall on Cumberland Ave (almost to Wash. Ave) that supposedly serves a good beef noodle soup (can't remember the viet. name), but I haven't tried it yet.

        Congrats on your Higgins Beach house. And good eating.

        1. If you like Asian food, try Saigon Thinh Thanh, a Vietnamese restaurant at 608 Congress St. The prices are very low and the food is really good!

          1. Try Casa Novello on Main Street in Westbrook. They have nice atmosphere, kind of old fashioned, with tin ceilings, etc. They have pasta, pizza and an assortment of typical Italian dishes in a nouveau sort of way. Yesterday I had the pork chop, pasta and salad special for lunch, and I was back to work in less than an hour. The pork was crispy on the outside, and juicy on the inside. I had two glasses of wine, and tipped really well. (g)