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Last Minute Trip to Portland... Help!

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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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  1. 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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    1. re: mateokaye

      Thanks for the suggestions... Coming in from Philadelphia

    2. 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

      1. 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

        1. 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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          1. re: foodquest

            I appreciate all the suggestions! Thanks!

          2. 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.