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Jun 24, 2007 03:47 PM

Where to go in Portland, Maine...Dinner & Breakfast?

Should we go to 555 or Fore Street for dinner? It is me, my wife & my 9 year-old gourmand daughter. Also, do we do becky's for breakfast or someplace else? We will be around for two breakfasts. Where do we go for lunch?


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  1. 555 or Fore St are both excellent. 555 is much less noisy. For breakfast or lunch you must try Becky's..... But for breakfast only try Brea Lu`Cafe, 428 Forest Ave just off 295 and just after Oakhurst Dairy. Huge breakfast menu, and very good, but a real small operation. Not sure where you are coming from, but Full Belly deli has excellent deli, and if you really want something different, try Silly's, 40 Washington Ave. Real Home made food. When you get done, try Standard Bakery or Two Fat Cats Bakery for a treat...
    Enjoy, and report back to us so we can tell other people or must we shut-up !!!!!

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    1. re: irwin

      Full Belly Deli is a joke for "Real" deli but they do have decent corned beef.

    2. 555 and Fore Street are completely different animals and both very difficult to procure reservations. Fore Street has more variety on their menu, with a larger selection of appetizers, more entrees and less "fancy" with moe emphasis on "farm to table". That said, Steve Corry of 555 was justin Food and Wine as one of the top new chefs of the year and has a more creative New american meets Maine style menu. They do have a website with menu.

      Becky's is a diner and nothing more. If eggs are your thing with toast and jam then by all means. Seems like a waste but whatever is your thing. For a more interesting breakfast try The Front Room on Congress St. Or even better, go to Standard Baking for a continental breakfast with the best croissants outside of Montreal and walk around. Try Walter's for lunch or have a simple bowl of excellent soup at Ladle both on Exchange St.

      1. 555 and fore st. are both terrific. liked 555 for its creativity. for lunch, though my favorite is Duckfat. whatever else you get, make sure you order the fries. they are to die for.

        1. To add to your experience (and have a wonderful breakfast, lunch or dinner) take a 15 min. ferry over to Peaks Island (only $3.95) - just a quick walk from ferry drop off is Cockeyed Gull. (I thoroughly enjoyed a breakfast, a lunch and two dinners there last Oct.)

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          1. re: lexpatti

            We have tried both 555 and Fore Street and 555 was the outright winner for food, service and atmosphere. We go there quite often. If Local 188 has reopened mid-July as planned definitley check it out. Spanish influence with lots of small plates so you can sample lots! My husband and I get a bottle of wine and dinner for $100 or under. We were there almost every Saturday when they were open!

            For breakfast, check out Bayou Kitchen they do great Cajun food as well as the
            standard breakfast fare. My personal favourite is the Heurvos Rancheros. Check out Big Sky Bakery afterwards across the street, or go there for lunch later (they also have a location on Congress St but no seating but you can sit outside). Great pannis and interesting soups and sandwiches all served on their homemade bread.

            If you want to go where the locals go check out J's Oysters nothing fancy but cheap, fresh and good.

            1. re: Marmalade

              I miss 188. Can't wait til they re-open.

              Bayou has changed ownership several times in the past couple of years, and had definitely lost us as fans somewhere along the line. Are they good again?

              1. re: the_MU

                We hadn't gone prior to this current ownership, so hard to compare, but we have enjoyed our experiences thus far.

                Hello Marms...

            2. re: lexpatti

              The ferry costs $7.25 in the summer

              1. re: lexpatti

                I second the Cockeyed Gull recommendation--food is excellent and can't beat the view. Other Portland places to try for dinner: Caiola's in the West End (sometimes hard to get in because it's popular/has limited outdoor seating), Bar Lola and Blue Spoon in the East End. For breakfast, The Good Egg Cafe on Middle Street does the best job of serving up quality, made from scratch food using local ingredients.

                1. re: CandyGirl13

                  Isn't the Good Egg the Pepper Club now, reopened by the original owner? I had dinner there my last visit; I loved it. Good sourced products, creative vegetarian specials. I really wanted to try their brunch, but I didn't have time.

                  1. re: galleygirl

                    Yeah, the Good Egg is what they call the breakfast/brunch option at Pepper Club. I think one of the owners of Pepper Club is the sister of the guy who originally ran the Good Egg... there's an explanation on the menu of the connection, but it's been a while since we were there.

              2. I've had good luck with the food at the Port Hole in Portland, although the service is often spotty. Do try to sit outside, if you go. Inside is a little stuffy, IMHO.