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Aug 25, 2009 01:17 PM

One Day (and Night!) in Portland, Maine

Hey all. I will have one day, and one evening in Portland, Maine in early October. The city's culinary reputation preceeds it, and I am looking for suggestions. If you had one lunch and one dinner to eat in Portland (for a party of two) what would it be?

Dining preferences are: fresh, healthy and genuinely local dishes served by warm, professional staff. Value is a consideration, but this just might be the place to swing for the fences. I have a hunch that seafood should be a priority here, but anything done well with local ingredients is always welcome.

Thank you for your help and I'll let you folks know the review when we get back. Cheers!

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  1. Do the six course tasting menu at Hugo's. It runs about $80 pp, and is blind, so you won't know what you'll get until it arrives at the table, but I've never had a bad meal there doing the blind tasting. Generally 2-3 courses will be seafood.

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    1. re: kimfair1

      Where would you go for not quite as over the top a dinner? Would 555 be better priced? Would we be able to walk in at 9PM this coming Sat. the 17th? Have enjoyed Fore St., Street & Co., Norm's, looking for another place this time but Bresca may be too tiny. thanks.

      1. re: Joanie

        Open Table shows availability at Evangeline and 555. Also look at Caiola's and Back Bay Grill in that top-tier group. In second tier, consider Walter's.

    2. I highly recommend Bresca. This is a small, chef-owned restaurant which matches your stated preferences perfectly. In addition to seasonal, local, delicious food, they offer a huge selection of wines by the glass and will happily pair wines with the food upon request. Desserts are a special delight. We ate there in June when visiting Portland and would definitely return. You have many wonderful choices in Portland though so good luck choosing!

      1. Dinner: Caiola's or Street & Co.
        Lunch: Paciarino

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        1. re: StevensAve

          Ditto, but then I find that StevensAve and I almost always agree!

        2. Try Susan's Fish and Chips. Excellent.

          Right in the Downtown/Arts area try Bankok Thai Rest . a great and
          inexpensive lunch buffet.

          1. Quick bump. Thanks all!