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Portland, Me - any good places to eat?

miren Feb 29, 2008 05:48 AM

Will be heading up to Portland Me tomorrow night and was hoping to get some recommendations on some places to eat. We'll be going to the Merrill Auditorium for a show after.

  1. Beach Chick Feb 29, 2008 04:27 PM

    We stayed in Portland last September and had a great meal at J's Oyster on the pier..casual but good..
    I don't know how close that is to the Merrill..
    The food at the Marriott Sable Oaks shockingly was really good..in case you need to get a room with the snow.
    We had (2) lobsters over a pound and a half on a huge bed of risotto and asparagus with soup or salad for under $25..love that!

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      joss2 Feb 29, 2008 04:11 PM

      A snow storm night can be a good opportunity to snag a table at a place that might otherwise be full. Ribolita's, 555, Hugo's,Bresca, Fore St. come to mind.

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        Mainegal Feb 29, 2008 11:36 AM

        Portland is a foodie town.If you search the board for Portland, you'll find gazillions of responses. Given that about 10 inches of snow is predicted in greater Portland tomorrow, you probably want something really close to Merrill. Walter's, on Exchange St., is about two or three blocks from Merrill. Bibo's another good choice is about a bit farther. Pepperclub has an emphasis on, but not exclusively, vegie fare; fun spot, but it's a bit of a slog in snow. Street & Co. is pricey. Norm's is up the other end of Congress, not a bad walk, but probably not something you'll want to do in the snow, either. Another possibility is the lounge side of 555. For more info, try: http://www.portlandfoodmap.com Whatever you do, make reservations.

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          alison500 Feb 29, 2008 11:03 AM

          We recently had a good meal at Norm's Bar & Grille on Congress Street (near Merrill Auditorium) -- casual and not expensive.

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            hokiefan Feb 29, 2008 09:40 AM

            Street and Company great seafood.

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              Tipatina Feb 29, 2008 06:28 AM

              Oh, honey, are you in for some responses!

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                StevensAve Feb 29, 2008 06:20 AM

                Portland is a major destination with great restaurants in all cuisines -except Chinese - and at all price levels. You can check out the "Portland Food Map" blog for a comprehensive overview with linked reviews. Otherwise it may be helpful to give the huge readership of Chowhound some idea of what you are looking for.

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                1. re: StevensAve
                  miren Feb 29, 2008 06:37 AM

                  I've been trying to do some research myslef and Bibo's Mad Apple Cafe or PepperClub look interesting to me. Somewhere fun, good food and not too expensive and within walking distance to Merrill Auditorium.

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