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Good Eats Near Portland Intl' Jetway

JenBoes Aug 22, 2008 08:31 AM

I have a group of people that are going to be visiting Maine from out of town in a few weeks. One has an earlier flight out of Portland and then the rest fly out of Portland two hours later.

I am looking for a decent place close to the airport where I can take the remainder of the group to lunch. Any ideas? We are looking for casual fare - nothing ethnic or exotic as I don't know what types of food everyone prefers. I realize it may have to be a chain, like the Weathervane, but I'd rather it not be. Even a good pizza joint would be fine.

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    irwin Aug 22, 2008 06:22 PM

    Not sure Espo's is open for lunch...
    Macroni Grill at the Mall is also fast and good.................

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    1. re: irwin
      HDinCentralME Aug 22, 2008 06:41 PM

      Espo's website says 11 am


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      HDinCentralME Aug 22, 2008 02:41 PM

      consider Espo's on Congress St. for basic Italian on the "Portland" side of the airport entrance

      Espo's Trattoria
      1335 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102

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      1. re: HDinCentralME
        mainemal Aug 25, 2008 04:43 AM

        For my taste (and I live in the neighborhood), Espo's is a couple of steps down from "basic Italian:" I don't think the pasta's homemade, the basic marinara is sweet and boring, etc. If your folks want Italian, take Ricetta's every time.

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        mainemal Aug 22, 2008 12:32 PM

        With that much time, I think you could easily get in to Great Lost Bear: no more than 12-15 minutes from the Jetport if you come in Congress and cut over to Forest Ave on Woodfords.

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          DexterM Aug 22, 2008 10:05 AM

          Ricetta's does have good pizza. I like Sebago Brewing Co., which has pretty good food (at least the last time I went) and great craft beer selections. I also like the food at Thatcher's, also very close to the airport.

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            delong99 Aug 22, 2008 09:27 AM

            Ricetta's on Western Ave is close and has a buffet at lunchtime. If you don't see a pizza you like on the buffet, ask and they'll make it (and bring you a couple slices at your table if you are lucky. The buffet has salads, soups, pizza and dessert pizza (which I find kind of gross).

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            1. re: delong99
              Mainegal Aug 22, 2008 10:06 AM

              I'd second Ricetta's. The mid day pizza buffet is fabulous, with all-you-can-eat pizza in various types, salads, soups, and more. Plus there, a menu for other options.

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