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dessert & drinks in Portland?

laurmb Jun 25, 2008 04:59 PM

I usually go out for one or the other but not often both, so... Where would you go for dessert and drinks in the Portland area? The only caveat is that it would be around 8ish on a Friday or Saturday night and I don't want to wait forever. Thoughts? Thanks!

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    Noreaster RE: laurmb Jun 26, 2008 07:29 AM

    I don't think you can have your cake and eat it to (c'mon, someone was gonna say it!). Friday or Saturday....summer tourists.....quality dessert and drinks. Get in line like everyone else or make a reservation for a table with impunity since there is no rule that says you must dine on entrees when seated . I would take a chance on the lounge at Fore Street. As you mentioned in another post, why not Evangeline as they are not widely known yet by el tourista. I had a creme caramel there that was simply off the hook.

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      mainemal RE: Noreaster Jun 26, 2008 08:49 AM

      I agree with Noreaster: at that hour on a weekend, you don't stand a chance, but here's a suggestion: desserts are outstanding at Bresca, where chef Krista Kern hangs her toque. She's the chef who's collaborating on Monday nights at Evangeline (you'd think she'd want some rest!), and they have a small but well-stocked bar. You might actually be able to sneak a reservation for 8 or 8:30.

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        dogwood RE: mainemal Jun 26, 2008 08:56 AM

        I had the most amazing chocolate crepe at The Merry Table on Wharf Street. They are relatively new so it is probably easier to get a table at that time for just dessert. They also had a fresh figs and marscapone that looked delicious.

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          ejohnson RE: mainemal Jun 26, 2008 08:56 AM

          I would avoid going to a full service restaurant on a weekend at 8 if you are not interested in waiting. I think your best bet would the The Bar of Chocolate at 52 Wharf St. All they serve is dessert and drinks so it should be right up your alley.

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            laurmb RE: ejohnson Jun 27, 2008 08:25 PM

            Thanks for the suggestions, everyone - I think we'll take a walk down Wharf St. and check things out. Also, I don't know why it never occurred to me to make a reservation for dessert... a great way to feed my impatience & sweet tooth at the same time!

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