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Dinner in Old Port Area of Portland

We'll spending the night at the Portland Regency Hotel. We are very open to dining ideas; no budget restraints or food restrictions. Thanks very much.

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  1. There are numerous recent postings, second only to Boston in N.E., on this board for "Portland" and I would suggest you review those. :-)

    1. We stayed at the Portland Regency over the Thanksgiving weekend--see my post http://www.chowhound.com/topics/346186

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      1. re: whs

        w - this is great. thanks so much for taking the time.

      2. Take a short 15 min. ferry ($3.50) over to Peaks Island to Cockeyed Gull - you'll have an excellent dining experience and see the Portland skyline from another view. Food and service is fabulous. Even if you go for lunch - everything on the menu was fabulous - we spent several days out on this island and several meals (including breakfast) and everyting was outstanding. They've recieved lots of write ups. A bit of Korean flare but not all dishes, excellent steak dishes, nice mix of seafood dishes, everything very fresh and made to order. Reservations definately on the weekend.

        http://www.cockeyedgull.com/

        1. I was just in Portland a few weeks ago - went to Fore Street. Atmosphere was wonderful - New England chic. I ordered the whole halibut and had it deconstructed tableside - was fun to watch. Everything on the menu comes from someplace local and it changes daily. Appetizers were great - entrees were solid (not exceptional, but definitely a great experience). Fun to watch the kitchen and the fresh vegetable room...

          1. Oh - forgot - the other place place I'd recommend for breakfast or lunch is Marcy's Diner (near Children's Museum) - small place devoted to Harley bike paraphanelia - just a fun place, especially if you sit at the counter...

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            1. re: KrisH

              make sure you get plenty of napkins because the grease will drip down your face otherwise. It has to be good because she uses 1/2 pound of butter with every order, but I still love it there, so make sure you don't tell my wife.
              I much prefer BECKY'S on Commercial Street