Thanksgiving in Portland? [Maine]
This New York Times article inspired a few friends and I to take a roadtrip from NYC to Portland over Thanksgiving.
We plan to have Thanksgiving dinner in or around Portland--does anyone have any suggestions for places that might be open? A search on this board as well as Google have yielded a couple of prospects:
-Robinhood Free Meetinghouse in Georgetown
-Harraseeket Inn in Freeport
We're twenty-somethings who love restaurants that showcase regional cuisine. We're hoping to spend about $75 per person (including tax and tip). Not necessarily looking for fine dining--just a spot that feels and serves food that's quintessentially Portland. Many thanks in advance!
While I can't confirm it from their website, Robinhood Free Meeting House should be open.
We went two years ago and they offered a prix fixe dinner, served all day (Noon to 6 or 7??) with a "traditional" option and other choices. Within your price range.Very nice but low key.
Keep in mind that it is about an hour's drive from downtown Portland. If you go, try to allow time to visit the beach at Reid State Park nearby.
Think about calling Frontier in Brunswick to see if they're open on T-giving. That would be a great place to do Thanksgiving.
I agree w/Harborgirl. Harraseeket Inn has good food, plus it's in an historic inn. Inn is in Freeport , which is alot closer to Portland than the Meeting House,. Altho Inn location abuts the outlet district, which is not typical of Maine or Portland, the atmosphere at the Inn is very New England. And, LL Bean will be open on Thanksgiving Day and that certainly is a Maine institution!
162 Main St, Freeport, ME 04032
We are doing the same thing because of that NY Times article!
I was really disappointed and surprised to find that almost every restaurant is closed on Thanksgiving Day itself (so unlike NYC).
I've found these two hotels in Portland that offer Thanksgiving Dinner:
20 Milk Street at the Regency Portland Hotel:
157 Cafe & Bar at the Eastland Park Hotel:
So far the Portland Forum on TripAdvisor favors the Regency over Milk Street, two to one.
The Inn by the Sea is not far from Portland. If they have a reservation available for Thanksgiving in their dining room, I'd take it. The setting is so beautiful and the service so gracious that you'll feel transported to another time and place.
I have not dined there since the renovation and I'm basing this recommendation on the fact that the fabulous food places of Portland will fill the rest of your stay. If I couldn't have Fore Street or Hugo's, I'd go for grace and setting for my holiday meal.
288 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101
Muddy Rudder Restaurant is offering Thanksgiving day meals as well. I think it's less than $20 per person, and this includes dessert. It's located between Freeport and Portland.