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Apr 20, 2010 12:10 PM

Dining with a dog in southern Maine

I'm going up to Portland in June with my dog for a few days. Looking for places to eat with outdoor seating that will allow dogs.

We usually stop in Kittery on the way up. Does Loco Coco's Tacos have outdoor seating? We've dined at Bob's successfully but looking for something different.

We've stopped at the Lobster Shack in Cape Elizabeth and the patio at Stonewall Kitchen in York. But looking for more options.

I've checked the dog friendly sites but some of the restaurants mentioned have closed, and I'd rather hear first hand from dog owners that have successfully dined places or people who have seen dogs eating in restaurants.

Places I've heard about include:

Gritty McDuff's
Mims - I think they closed
Porthole Restaurant
Portland Lobster Company

Anyone brought a dog to one of these places? Also, my dog is big so he's not going to sit in my lap. A very congested patio area probably wouldn't work well.

Also, any places in between Kittery and Portland worth a stop?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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  1. Our Westie has joined us outside at the Maine Diner, Bob's Clam Hut, J's Oyster, Duck Fat (there are only a couple of tables so you have to score one), and we picked up sandwiches at the Cheese Iron in Scarborough and had a picnic.

    Edit: Call the folks at Fetch Dog shop on Commercial Street in Portland and ask them this question. They'll be a great help.

    Maine Diner
    2265 Post Rd, Wells, ME 04090

    J's Oyster
    5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101

    Bob's Clam Hut
    RR 1, Kittery, ME 03904

    Duck Fat
    43 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101

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    1. re: BostonZest

      I didn't know Maine Diner had outdoor seating. Or did you just get take out and eat in the car?

      Maine Diner
      2265 Post Rd, Wells, ME 04090

    2. Any place with an outdoor space would probably be fine--definitely the Porthole and Gilberts's on the water. Dogs can't generally go inside restaurants (at the Porthole, dogs are welcome on the deck but they can't walk in through the restaurant.)

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      1. re: sciencediet

        Is there an entrance to the deck from outside at Porthole? I've seen some decks that are enclosed and the only way to get on them is through the restaurant.

        1. re: Jpan99

          Sure, you just go past Gilbert's deck then through the Comedy Connection's (is that still what that is?) to the Porthole's deck. I just thought of it because I was at the Porthole for breakfast on Monday and saw the sign.

      2. The Jamaican Jerk Center in Cape Neddick ME is pretty funky and out of the norm. On Route 1, left hand side if you're heading north...

        Jamaican Jerk Center
        1400 Us Route 1 Cape, Neddick, ME

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        1. re: wongadon

          picked up jerk chicken and curry goat there last night. Brought it home to eat today - quite good. I think the jerk was better than the curry but both dishes were great.

          Jamaican Jerk Center
          1400 Us Route 1 Cape, Neddick, ME

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