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Fun, casual, delicious dinner spots in Portland, ME?

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blueridge1 Jun 24, 2009 06:27 AM

Husband and I are headed to Portland before we make our way up to Camden for a wedding. Looking for a great, casual Thursday night spot downtown--I'm a former New Englander, he's a Southerner who's never been to Maine, so something authentically Portland would be great. Thanks!

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    capecod Jun 24, 2009 06:57 AM

    How about The Front Room Restaurant - very popular with locals and tourists. Good, fresh food, open kitchen - reasonable. We have friends living in Portland and this is theirs/our favorite. Watch out for "fish & chips" etc - www.thefrontroomrestaurant.com

    1. hotoynoodle Jun 24, 2009 07:09 AM

      not cheap by maine standards, but fore st. is amazing and the chef-owner is a serious adherent to buying and serving local food.

      not so "typically portland", but very casual and always terrific is duckfat.

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        blueridge1 Jun 24, 2009 07:28 AM

        thanks for the direction. front room looks good, fore street looks wonderful. might have to try to walk in there. also love the looks of duckfat.

        what about good "sit at the bar" type places? burger and a beer? i know that bon app mentioned something a few months ago but i neglected to save the issue.

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          HDinCentralME Jun 24, 2009 08:12 AM

          A more casual place is Norm's Lounge, on Congress Street near Art Museum. Burgers and Beer but also good crab cakes, salads, and other small plates.

          David's on Monument Sq...can eat at bar, in lounge, or dining room for pizza, salad, just apps, or full meals.

          Old Port Seagrill on Commercial St...sit at bar for good raw bar/oysters, and fresh simply grilled fish.

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            hicow Jun 24, 2009 09:25 AM

            If you just want a burger and a beer try Gritty McDuff's, a local brewpub in the Old Port.

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          StevensAve Jun 24, 2009 10:55 AM

          Maine means seafood - so my choice would be Street & Co..

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