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Sep 29, 2009 11:52 AM

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!

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  1. 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.

    1. Think about calling Frontier in Brunswick to see if they're open on T-giving. That would be a great place to do Thanksgiving.

      1. Fore Street in Portland. Great food and atmosphere (wood fire cooking) visible to diners.

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        1. re: PortNH

          Per their website, Fore Street is closed on Thanksgiving (and Xmas Eve and Xmas).

          Edited to add: Actually, on re-reading, the OP talks about "over Thanksgiving" and probably is talking about more than just T-Day itself.

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          1. The Harraseeket Inn has an amazing Thanksgiving spread. They offer everything for the traditional dinner plus many other options.

            The dessert station alone is worth the trip!

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            1. re: Harborgirl

              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!

              Harraseeket Inn
              162 Main St, Freeport, ME 04032