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Good chow in Portland MAINE

3 day stay, 2 nights for good dining in late September. What is new and fresh or still good and reliable? Interesting wine list is a bonus, creative cooking, welcome! Thanks.

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  1. 555 is a must! For seafood, try Street and Company.

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    1. re: Cookingmama15

      Thanks! 555 is an old and reliable on my list, same for Street and Co. Anybody tried Evangeline or Bresca? Merci.

      1. re: monterosa

        Had an excellent meal at Evangeline a couple of weeks ago. Add this one to the creative cooking list - I had what was essentially head cheese (although they called it something slightly different), braised rabbit, and pot au chocolat - all really wonderful. I highly recommend a stop!

        1. re: monterosa

          I think Bresca is superb, as do many people on this list. Hope you can get a reservation, and let us know what you think!

        2. re: Cookingmama15

          We're heading up to Portland from Philly tomorrow and are in search of the best seaside lobster shack that has a great lobster dinner with the trimmings. Also, looking for some great oysters. Any suggestions?

        3. I hear David's in Monument square is great. Sure was a fan of his Nwpt. Ma restaurant. Haven't been here yet but will be later this month.

          1. I recently ate at Walter's (http://www.walterscafe.com/) and it was really nice. Make sure that you stop in at the Standard Baking Company. They are well know and loved by foodies who visit the city and was featured on the Splendid Table by the Sterns and Lynne Rossetto Kasper also oohed and ahed about them.

            If you are looking for sushi, I'd stay away from Sapporo. I got a tuna and a salmon roll and I was unimpressed.


            1. I would add Caiola's, Front Room and Blue Spoon to your short list.

              1. Just made a reservation at Bresca- report will be forthcoming. Has anyone been to the newish Greek restaurant Emilista? Cheers!

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                1. re: monterosa

                  Emilitsa's pretty good, although I'm not a huge fan of Greek food. Haven't been in recent months, but did enjoy all the flavors when I dined there. Particularly interesting are the Greek wines: who knew?

                  1. re: monterosa

                    We visited Emilista last night on the recommendation of clients and found the balance of reviews we had read online to be accurate. I will say that I believe it is a mistake to offer fish flown in from Greece...my fish entree was dull, I would go as far to say that the
                    flavor reminded me of frozen whitefish. The desserts were special, esp, the chocolate torte---on return I'll concentrate on appetizers, the roasted beets and salads were lovely.

                  2. Went up to Maine (from Boston) on Saturday. We stopped at MC Perkins Cove for lunch. I had some tasty Maine cod fish tacos (though I wish the breading was not so thick). Accompaniments included bland rice and beans, piquant pico de gallo and salsa verde. $12 for three (they come deconstructed - they are DIY). Others had the fried haddock and chips (she liked it, but I noticed it had the same thick coat), pickled fennel and tartar sauce; and the lobster roll, which was on the skimpy side. We've had sweeter lobster. Lightly dressed, grilled hot dog roll. Good fries with the roll and fish. $60 with one glass of gruner veltliner.

                    Dinner in Portland at Blue Spoon. Our original choice was the Front Room, but it was too noisy for conversation and the wait just a bit too long so we moved on to check Bar Lola's menu (everything sounded tasty to me, but one of us isn't into tapas). We settled on Blue Spoon. What a happy accident! Lovely, small, intimate room. Lovely service to match. Nothing ground-shaking here, but preparations were perfect. Had a crisp viognier for me and a cab-shiraz for DC. Bread basket had wonderfully crusty bread served with a high quality dish of olive oil. We started with the Maine shrimp cakes - wow! No filler, all shrimp served with aioli. I will be on look-out for Maine shrimp on Boston menus/in Whole Foods. I had the salmon, skin on (crispy and the flesh was cooked to perfection), served on top of haricot vert and a white wine sauce. My companions both had the mussels and chorizo stew. While my salmon was delicious, they out-ordered me. Filled with mussels and more of that Maine shrimp. The server knew to bring out more bread to sop up the broth. We were stuffed and content. I had a glass of their delightful French rose. The bill came to a very reasonable $100.

                    Pleasant breakfast at Pepperclub. Nothing out of this world (tofu scramble, scrambled eggs, BLT on delicious homemade English muffins, good home fries and coffee, warm service). $30. Sigh....we love Portland!

                    1. If you are still looking there is a Restauraunt called Hi Bombay. Excellent Indian food.