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Burlington and/or Portland - Good Bar Food

My friend and I will be doing a brewery tour this weekend stopping at various breweries in Vermont and Maine, and we'll be spending one night in Burlington and two nights in Portland. I'm interested to see if anyone has any suggestions for places to go in either of those cities to get a fairly cheap meal that have good, or maybe better than average, bar food. We love a good burger, buffalo wings, etc. Bonus for places that have a good beer selection and/or lively atmosphere! Thanks!

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  1. There's the Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, Bluebird Tavern in Essex Junction, The Alchemist in Waterbury, and I can't remember the name of the best place in Burlington.

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    1. re: Morganna

      i second the Alchemist, its really a great stop.

    2. For Portland, the Great Lost Bear on Forest Ave meets all your criteria. I'd stay away from Sebago Brewing in Portland and Gritty Macduff's in Freeport, both brew pubs with mediocre food.

      1. Second the rec for the Great Lost Bear for beer, food is ok. Stay w wings, burgers and nachos and you'll be fine. If beer is important, I would make sure you get to Novare Res in the Old Port for excellent beer and cold food. Mnay unusual drafts and an excellent bottle cellar. No stoves but excellent sliced meats, cheeses and app plates w hummus, olives, roasted veggies, etc...

        1. If your brewery/brewpub tour stops include Liberal Cup, Hallowell, ME and/or Run of the Mill, Saco, ME check out the exceptional pub food...burgers, wings, fresh fried seafood specials, etc.

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          Liberal Cup
          115 Water St Ste 1, Hallowell, ME 04347

          1. I'm gonna break with the crowd on Great Lost Bear. Really good beer; really really mediocre food. Also, they don't make any of it there, it's just a good "library" of beer with a lot of local selections. I think the food at Sebago is actually better. Gritty's also has great beer and mediocre or sub-mediocre food. Ditto Sea Dog.

            Liberal Cup is TEH AWESOME, and exactly fits your bill, but might be out of the way, about 50 min from Portland.

            You could also try Lion's Pride in Brunswick, Belgian beers and pretty good food -- reviews here have been mixed, but I really like the frites. They're supposed to have their own brews available soon.

            Portsmouth Brewery is actually pretty good too, if you're in the area.

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            1. re: the_MU

              I have to agree with the rec's of Portsmouth Brewery and Lion's Pride. Both have plenty of really good beer and its way above your typical bar food.

              Run of the Mill in Saco is typical bar food. Same can be said about Gritty's, Sea Dog and Sebago in Portland. GLB has very mediocre food. Novare has a bigger beer selection than Lion's Pride but no burgers or fries.

              I say eat dinner at the Alchemist in Waterbury. Get there early as it fills up quick. Great beers! When you hit Portland- Do lunch at Novare, dinner at Lion's and the second night's dinner at Portsmouth. That would be not only a great beer trip but food as well.