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5 Nights in Portland, Maine

Hi there,

We are taking a road trip from NYC to Portland - Monday - Saturday next week (7/5 -7/10). We are staying at the Eastland Park Hotel (great deal on Priceline). Any info on where to eat - we plan on taking day trips to other cities as well - would be a great help. We like local and organic whenever it's possible, and totally not into tourist traps of any kind - good, local eats is what we are looking forward to nothing too hoity toity - just yummy - especially breakfast and dinner. Diners, drive-ins and Dives style - thanks for any info!!!

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Eastland Park Hotel
157 High St, Portland, ME

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  1. Portland's a great "little" city. The Old Port area is where the action is. DeMillos albeit a touristy place ahs a yummy lobster bisque. Duck Fat is also a good restaraunt. Lots of great reviews. I ate there a few years back. Don't wear those NYC heels is you plan on doing it by foot. The streets are brick and cobblestone and a bit tricky. Their dining scene has definitely improved in the last five years. I don't think you'll have any trouble finding good food. If you're able to travel, you should check out Kennebunkport and Oguncuit (sp?). Beautiful ocean and good dining as well.

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    Old Port Cafe
    111 Main St, Winterport, ME 04496

    Duck Fat
    43 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101

    1. Becky's on commercial is great simple food, Street & Company is one of our favorite "special" dinner spots for fresh seafood. Not too expensive, but excellent. Flatbread Pizza Co. is organic and local. For day trips, going downeast to small coastal towns like Brunswick and Harpswell are scenic drives from Portland. Brunswick has Fat Boys Drivein and Lilleys Public House or take a 20 minute drive down to the tip of Harpswell and visit Dolphin Marina and Restaurant for fresh local seafood and the best chowder and stew (with a blueberry muffin). Enjoy!

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      Dolphin Marina and Restaurant
      515 Basin Point Rd, Harpswell, ME 04079

      1. Don't miss the new Mount Desert Island ice cream shop on Exchange St in the Old Port. Very unusual flavors. There's a small park nearby where you can sit and enjoy.

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        Old Port Cafe
        111 Main St, Winterport, ME 04496

        1. There is a great spot for breakfast about 5 min. from the Eastland called Hot Suppah. It is on Congress St, heading west.

          1. You may want to re-think the Eastland, I have not been a guest there, but when checking reviews, you may want to upgrade to another venue. Becky's diner on the wharf is great-best huge muffins and blueberry pancakes. Also Miss Portland diner has the most wonderful REAL corn beef hash. Duck Fat is fun, duck confit pannini, cream soda, and great fries with dipping sauces. Maine Diner in Wells, also great, not only for breakfast, but lunches and dinner. Go on-line and check menus for selections and prices. Flo's hot dogs are a Maine tradition, you may want to order at least 2-3 dogs, cheap, either at the trading post in Kitttery or on rte 1. If you choose to go to a special dinner, Fore Street in downtown Portland. One of the best restaurants we have dined at in years - need reservations, if not sit at the bar, have a drink and an appetizer. Any questions, reply back on chowhound. Portland Maine and Portsmouth NH have exceptional dining. Enjoy. We love northern westchester ny, but are planning to retire to Portsmouth in the next 1-2 years.

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            Fore Street
            288 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101

            Maine Diner
            2265 Post Rd, Wells, ME 04090

            Portsmouth NH
            45 Gosling Rd # 15, Newington, NH

            Duck Fat
            43 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101