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Oct 8, 2007 09:22 AM

Trip to Portland

Am flying to Portland for a wknd, and looking for restaurant recommendations in and around the city. Am looking for the best food, whether that's a hole-in-the-wall seafood shack or white tablecloth Michelin-starred haute cuisine. Open to any cuisine and any price range.

In case it impacts what you recommend, I currently live in Manhattan (so for example, I'll pass on recommendations for bagels or pastrami).

Any thoughts? What are some CH faves?

Thanks in advance, 'hounds.

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      1. re: mcel215

        The first link took me to a "Whoops, file not found (404)" page and the second link just took me to the Chowhounds boards page. Did you mean to post different links for me?

        1. re: Kanger

          Sorry, I am not great at linking pages.

          Try this one:

          I like Beckys, it's a local breakfast spot, and Fiore for dinner. But the link has most of all the restaurants in Portland.

          Have a fun trip.

        2. re: mcel215

          Portland is filled with great eats. Some of the best include Hugo's, 555, Nathasha's and Bresca, all in the Old Port, and Caiola's in the West End and Blue Spoon in the East End. Check out the Portland Food Map,, for list of Portland restaurants and links to reviews. If you're looking to venture out of Portland, Switch Magazine has a Greater Portland restaurant guide at

        3. Your challange at this point is to try to secure a table at either Fore Street or Street & Company - less than a week out, that could be tough, unless you dine early. I'd try to work in a Street & Company/Hugos combination, personally. If S&C or its close relative Fore Street aren't available I'd hop over to the Old Port Sea Grill or 555.

          I'll likely get savaged for suggesting the fish chowder for lunch at Dimillo's, but taken from a foodie native, its the best in town.

          Mims is a GREAT place for a late morning brunch. Becky's is fine, but its JUST A DINER. If you did Mims one day and Becky's the next you'd have a nice breakfast experience spread.

          Another nifty idea would be to take the twenty minute ferry ride out to Peaks Island from the Old Port to grab a bite on the island at the Cockeyed Gull or the Inn at Peaks Island...

          1. yes!! i just got back from portland.
            if you want the best pizza EVER go to Portland Pie Co. on the cross of Center and Fore St.

            if you want the best coffee in town go to Breaking New Grounds on Exchange St. They also have a huge selection of imported Teas as well.

            Theres also this great place on Commercial St. that has GREAT bubble tea and the best steamed buns ive ever had. Bubble Maineia Tea Shop i think its called. if you cant find a place feel free to ask anyone on the street and theyll happily direct you where to go.

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            1. re: simon_C

              While at Bubblemania be sure to get one of the pork or red bean dumblings as a delicious snack...

              1. re: Keefer Lucas

                buns! not dumplings! either way, yes you must!

            2. [Oops, I just realized you mean Portland, ME, not Portland, OR]

              My original post was for Oregon. My bad!