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Romantic restaurants with great food for anniv "trip" to Portland?

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We are spending the first night ever away from our toddler to take a mini-one night trip to Portland for our five year anniv.

Looking for a place to stay that has great breakfast or other breakfast spots, and easy, on the go lunch spot and a romantic dinner spot with excellent food (definite seafood lovers!) . A place with a view would be great too. Doesn't have to be fancy or expensive, cozy is good too! Thanks!

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  1. I was waiting for my Portland chow peers to weigh in, but I do want to make sure you a response, so here's my $0.02 worth. Don't have info about B&B's with great breakfasts, but good stand-alone breakfasts (depending on where you are "on the peninsula" would include Artemisia's (West e)nd) and The Front Room (East end). Go-to lunch spot is Duckfat, hands down, from the Chow community POV. Dinner as you request is tougher: there are lots of great romantic dinner spots, but I can't think of one with a view. For an anniversary dinner I'd think about Caiola's (west end); my favorite "white tablecloth" resto, Back Bay Grill; and specifically for seafood, Street & Co. You'll find lots of discussions of all the above on the list, so do a little searching.

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    Back Bay Grill
    65 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101

    Caiola's
    58 Pine St, Portland, ME 04102

    Street & Co
    33 Wharf St., Portland, ME 04101

    Front Room Restaurant & Bar
    73 Congress St Ste A, Portland, ME 04101

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    1. re: mainemal

      Thanks for the feedback --a friend of mine also highly recommended Caiola's and Duckfat looks great! We are staying at the Eastern Park Hotel --we would prefer to walk; is it easy to get around the city?

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      Caiola's
      58 Pine St, Portland, ME 04102

      1. re: saridt

        Everything except The Front Room is easy walking distance. The Front Room would be too except for the long uphill part. Easy bus though.

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        Front Room Restaurant & Bar
        73 Congress St Ste A, Portland, ME 04101

        1. re: saridt

          It's fairly easy. The Eastland Park is approximately between "A" and "B" on the map, so the walk to Caiola's is about 10 minutes. This time of the year, you can eat outside there, under an awning. You'll be up on the hill, at Eastland and would walk down to the Old Port area ("D"), where Duckfat is: 12-15 minutes down, maybe longer coming back. Artemisia, the place I mentioned for breakfast, is slightly "downhill" and to the west, again ~12 -15 minutes. Walking out to Front Room would be 20-25. Easy!
          And while you're here, don't miss the Portland Museum of Art current show of American masters w/ Maine connections: 100 ft. from your hotel!

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          Caiola's
          58 Pine St, Portland, ME 04102

          Front Room Restaurant & Bar
          73 Congress St Ste A, Portland, ME 04101

          Portland Museum of Art
          7 Congress Sq, Portland, ME 04101

          Old Port Cafe
          111 Main St, Winterport, ME 04496

          1. re: mainemal

            Thanks so much! This is very helpful.

      2. Thanks for the advice --Caiola's was phenomenal --one of the best meals I have had in a long time. We had an appetizer with figs, gorgonzola, honey butter, raspberries & crispy proscuitto chips --gorgeous presentation and even better taste! For an entree I had scallops with a mushroom risotto chock full of four different types of locally foraged mushrooms. My husband had the burger with homemade "tater tots" which he loved. Service was fantastic and we sat on the patio which was a really pleasant atmosphere. When I didn't like my drink, the waitress brought over a few glasses and some different wines for me to taste before I made the next selection. When our bill was under $70 we could not believe the value. We will certainly be back!

        We skipped breakfast (had to take advantage of being able to sleep in!!!) but headed to Duckfat for lunch...ooh my waistline suffered for this but boy it was worth it. I had the BGT (Bacon, goat cheese & tomato) and DH had a special beef brisket panini with salsa verde. I dream about the BGT. Also the best poutine I have ever had. Finished off the meal with the beignets with chocolate sauce (because you can never jam too many calories into one lunch). Also the coffee was outstanding and great laid back atmosphere. We got there just before noon but as we were leaving the place was getting packed.

        We will definitely be back to Portland --look forward to exploring more food destinations there and thanks for the feedback!