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Last Minute Trip to Portland... Help!

wajima01 Aug 3, 2010 07:59 PM

We're taking a last minute trip to Portland for three nites. We made reservations at Hugo's and are planning to hit Duck Fat.

The problem is we're having a hard time deciding where else to eat. Hugo's is a no brainer since we've been to Town House, Alinea, Mccradys, Elements, WD-50, etc all this year.

Any help separating what seem like tons of good restaurants but nothing that stands out... breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, whatever!


Duck Fat
43 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101

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    Olivepaulive Aug 5, 2010 04:58 AM

    Everything listed below is great but for lunch or for the road....-Micucci's Sicilian slabs. The baker there is the one who owned Sophia's on market street and his treats, breads and pizza are amazing. Micuccis is on India street.

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      foodquest Aug 4, 2010 03:03 PM

      Sounds like you've been eating well! *jealous*

      I would throw out Bar Lola as a suggestion. Ate there for the first time recently and loved the simple, clean, balanced flavors. Everything was really delicious. Agree that Bresca is a good bet as is Miyake.

      For breakfast, I personally like Front Room. This is a controversial suggestion, but when its on (and it has been for awhile for us), its really good and offers some out-of-the-ordinary breakfast options.

      Local 188 is a fun place for drinks and snacks/apps/tapas.

      Bar Lola
      100 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04000

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

      111 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101

      Local 188
      685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102

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      1. re: foodquest
        wajima01 Aug 4, 2010 08:49 PM

        I appreciate all the suggestions! Thanks!

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        miradan Aug 4, 2010 02:47 PM

        I really like Emilitsa, really good Greek food; Paciarino makes excellent homemade pastas; Bar Lola in Munjoy Hill is always stellar. Otto Pizza, on Congress, is a relative newcomer, but makes excellent creative pizzas and sells by the slice.

        Bar Lola
        100 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04000

        468 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101

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          mainemal Aug 4, 2010 10:22 AM

          Other dinners on my "outstanding" list: 555 Congress, Caiola's, Bresca
          Something different: Green Elephant (vegan and incredibly creative) for lunch (Congress St., near the art museum)
          Japanese: Miyake, hands down, especially the 5 - course tasting menu

          58 Pine St, Portland, ME 04102

          111 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101

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            mateokaye Aug 4, 2010 12:25 AM

            Breakfast or Lunch
            Fit to Eat upstairs at 65 Market Street

            Drinks, Snacks and Jazz
            Blue on Congress

            Food Fired Pizza
            Siano's at 555 Fore

            A little grungy but tasty - Hi Bombay on Fore

            Two Fat Cats near Duck Fat

            Make sure to stop in at Rabelais on Middle (east of Franklin) - good books about food and eating, etc. www.rabelaisbooks.com

            Try those and tell me what you think.

            Where are you coming in from?


            Two Fat Cats
            47 India St, D Portland, ME

            Duck Fat
            43 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101

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            1. re: mateokaye
              wajima01 Aug 4, 2010 09:25 AM

              Thanks for the suggestions... Coming in from Philadelphia

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