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Portland, ME lunch spot during week

JenBoes Feb 14, 2007 01:00 PM

My friend and I are looking for a place to have lunch in Portland, ME tomorrow (Thursday). I have been to Duckfat several times, so I probably don't want to do a repeat of that. Any suggestions? We want a casual atmosphere, good wine list, and great food.

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    Noreaster RE: JenBoes Feb 14, 2007 01:43 PM

    Try Portland's Restaurant and Bar on 100 Commercial Street near The Custom House

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      ejohnson RE: JenBoes Feb 14, 2007 02:22 PM

      My recommendation would be Walter's on Exchange St.

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        irwin RE: JenBoes Feb 14, 2007 02:52 PM

        Monument Sq

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          eatmeportland RE: JenBoes Feb 14, 2007 05:04 PM

          I second the Walter's vote. A great place to treat yourself to a nice lunch during the week.

          1. JenBoes RE: JenBoes Feb 15, 2007 05:12 AM

            Walter's it is. I've always wanted to try it, and it slipped my mind! I'll let you know how it goes. We are also trying out SOAK, the foot pampering/tea house place off of Congress. Should be an interesting day!!

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              liveforfood RE: JenBoes Feb 15, 2007 03:49 PM

              I hadn't been to Walter's for a long time, but had lunch there last week and it was very good. Some great salads. I had what's called "chop-chop", an asian-inspired salad with chopped greens and other veggies, chicken, and a crunchy topping (slivered wontons, I think), tossed with a nice thai'ish dressing. I was tempted to try the classics--cobb or nicoise--but I was happy with my selection. Lots of other great choices for lunch, too, if you are not into salads. The other place you could try for lunch is up the street at Natasha's, which has been around for some time. Local foodies are giving it a bad rap these days, but frankly, I have rarely been disappointed there. My husband and I wandered in one night about a month ago and had a good martini and very well prepared meal. I like Natasha's for lunch in particular.

            2. the_MU RE: JenBoes Feb 15, 2007 05:40 AM

              SOAK actually has a pretty pleasant light menu (salads, sandwiches, desserts), and they'll serve it to you while you're soaking your feet!

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                irwin RE: the_MU Feb 15, 2007 07:03 AM

                WHERE IS SOAK?

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                  Hamhock RE: irwin Feb 16, 2007 10:33 AM

                  It's in the Monument Square / City Center brick area.

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                phatchris RE: JenBoes Feb 15, 2007 02:49 PM


                1. pianochikke RE: JenBoes Feb 17, 2007 06:02 AM

                  Try Flatbread Pizza Company. They're at 72 commercial street across from
                  the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal. I've been there before, and their pizza is great!
                  I don't remember too much about the prices, but here's the link: http://www.flatbreadcompany.com/

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                    JenBoes RE: pianochikke Apr 12, 2007 01:16 PM

                    Sorry it took so long to get back to you guys. Thanks for your suggestions! Walter's was great, and Soak was great too. Soak's kitchen was closed the day we were there, but I had an excellent tea drink (similar to Chai) that was out of this world. I will go back there just for the tea drinks. They have a really extensive tea menu.

                    I have tried David's and Duckfat, and love them. I especially like Duckfat's meatloaf panini with carmelized onions. Yummy!! Flatbread is on the list . . .

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