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Mar 4, 2009 05:54 AM

One night in Portland...visiting from NY

We'll be in Portland, ME this weekend and are looking for a rec for Sat night dinner...We know Fore Street is the place to go but wondering if there are any other must-try's for our one night!


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  1. Too many choices, too little time! And you should know that it's Restaurant Week in Maine, which means lots of restaurants have special fixed price menus. Check out for the menus and prices for the following: Fore Street; Caiola's; Bresca; Back Bay Grill; Cinque Terra (have heard their menu is particularly tasty for this event); 555 (my current favorite); and Hugo's. You'll have a great meal at any of them!

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    1. re: mainemal

      thanks so much! I'll report back next week!

    2. I visited Portland for the first time last year. I tried Fore St., 555 and Duck Fat
      Fore St. was very good, but 555 absolutely rocked my world with their tasting menu. Duck Fat was a great lunch stop.

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        1. I'd try for 555- their tasting menu for Restaurant Week is really spectacular, and I've never once had a bad experience there. Oh goodness. Another good bet that no one has mentioned is Evangeline! Delicious, sexy, fun French food prepared well.

          1. Had a great meal @ Fore Street for my birthday. Was just a bit noisey (all hard wood with active open air kitchen in the middle of the dinning room) food was excellent. My sister is coming up from Boston & was recommended to The Grill Room. Their menu on line does look good.

            Grill Room
            84 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101

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            1. re: westernmaine

              Love the grill room, going tomorrow night.

              1. re: grittys457

                any recomendations?
                I consider my self a foodie.....but have never had sweet breads....might try them if I don't fall for the carpaccio