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Jul 6, 2001 09:41 AM

Lunch in Portland

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Any suggestions? We'll be there one day this week, with our 14-month old junior Chowhound, who is already absorbing her parents' eclectic eating habits.

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  1. What's your price range? How cheap is too gritty? How wierd or ethnic do you want to get? What part of the city would you like to eat in, or do you want to take a drive? It's tourist season here, there's an infinite number of options open to you. The child will be welcome everywhere.

    Gotta help us on this one.

    6 Replies
    1. re: ironmom

      We'll probably want to stick fairly close to the Old Port area so we can walk around. No tourist traps like DeMillos (correct spelling?), please. We can do a wide price range, it's lunch and the really upscale places like Fore Street are closed. Not too ethnic, we get better ethnic in Boston, but interesting is good, as is anywhere using good local seafood/produce/baking. I heard Matthew Kenny has a new place in Portland, I've eaten in his NYC restaurants and liked them.

      1. re: Gary K.

        Bakehouse Cafe has a great lunch although it is tiny in there with about eight tables. It's on Commercial St.

        1. re: Gary K.

          I walked from the Old Port area to lunch at Bibo's Madd Apple Cafe one day. It is interesting, a little different and, I thought, fun. You might give it a try.

          1. re: John Hammon

            I forgot to say where. It's at 23 Forest Ave.

            1. re: John Hammon

              is bibo's open for lunch?

              How about on the dock at the Porthole (commercial st)? Natasha's on exchange st? I ate there recently and the food was very good. Service was lousy, though. I should say, SLOW. I also like the commissary, where the service is very good.

          2. re: Gary K.
            Win (Boston)

            Matthew Kenney's Commissary Restaurant is my favorite restaurant in Portland. It is located in the not particularly attractive Portland Public Market. Parking is free in the attached public parking garage.

            At lunch, my favorite dishes are the haddock chowder and the chicken pie. At dinner, the lobster. The cheese selection is very, very good.

            Ask for Mark. He will take good care of you.