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  • Cathy Jun 23, 2004 11:08 PM
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My husband and I will be in Portland in mid-July (as well as north of Portland later), and are arriving at 9:20 one Friday night, and going to a 6:00 Seadogs game the following night. We are not brew pub people, and very into wine if that's a possiblity. And clearly, we will be more casual after the game. However, we appreciate casual food that is made with care if that is what is available at that time. Any ideas?

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  1. For nicer dining (with nicer wine), most good places have bars where you can get something eat and drink without a reservation. Uffa, Local 188, the fantastic new Blue Spoon (in the East End) and the ubiquitous Fore Street, just to name a few.

    For good casual dining, there's a place on the corner of St. John Street and Congress (I can't name it,for posting reasons), right near the stadium, which might be good for what you're looking for. It's a cafe named after a fish. Ask around.

    Also, Norm's Bar and Grill on Congress, nearer to downtown, is always open late and has decent food.

    1. For nicer dining (with nicer wine), most good places have bars where you can get something eat and drink without a reservation. Uffa, Local 188, the fantastic new Blue Spoon (in the East End) and the ubiquitous Fore Street, just to name a few.

      For good casual dining, there's a place on the corner of St. John Street and Congress (I can't name it,for posting reasons), right near the stadium, which might be good for what you're looking for. It's a cafe named after a fish. Ask around.

      Also, Norm's Bar and Grill on Congress, nearer to downtown, is always open late and has decent food.

      1. Walter's in the Old Port would be a good option. Wine bar upstairs and great food.

        1. The Wine Bar on Wharf Street next door to Cinque de Terre is great. Cozy but not pretentious. They have really good small gourmet pizza's. Like pear & goat cheese. THe crab cakes are really good. I always forget about it because it is sort of hidden, but always really like going there. Much better than Una.

          Eating after 10pm is always a problem. J's Oyster Bar serves until midnight. Nothing in the way of wine, but excellent Lobster, oysters, etc.

          I also second Maine Eater, in Local 188, Blue Spoon. Never been to the Dog Fish Cafe but only because I can't imagine eating a meal on that corner. Silly, I know.