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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!

Thanks!

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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.

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      Bar Lola
      100 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04000

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

      Bresca
      111 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101

      Local 188
      685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102

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        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.

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        Bar Lola
        100 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04000

        Paciarino
        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

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          Caiola's
          58 Pine St, Portland, ME 04102

          Bresca
          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

            Indian
            A little grungy but tasty - Hi Bombay on Fore

            Bakery
            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?

            Mateo

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            Two Fat Cats
            47 India St, D Portland, ME

            Duck Fat
            43 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101

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              wajima01 Aug 4, 2010 09:25 AM

              Thanks for the suggestions... Coming in from Philadelphia

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