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Sep 2, 2010 06:28 PM

Dinner Choices - Portland, ME - Labor Day Weekend

My wife and I are heading up to Portland from CT at the last minute for Saturday to Monday - Saturday is "US" time and then we are meeting up with my wife's sister, brother-in-law, nephew and nephew's girlfriend for Sunday....So - Ideally we would like two types of recommendations: 1) For Saturday - a place which is romantic, classic or has great ambiance with (does this go without saying?) great cuisine - of any type - We are not fussy as long as it is good and price really doesn't matter and 2) For Sunday - a more casual venue but still with great cuisine (again - of any sort with really no price objections) - This is why I love my in-laws - they are actually foodies from Aroostock County!!! We know that the area should be packed for the long weekend so as many options as you can throw at us we will attempt to field...Thanks in advance....

Tim & Laura

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  1. For Saturday, you might try nabbing two seats at the bar at Fore Street (best food overall in town, so that'd be my first try in your situation). Or, Hugo's might not be booked, so you may get a rez. Very different place, and would probably fit the "romantic" angle.
    Not so sure about Sunday, that's a good-sized group. But more casual places to consider might be Front Room or Grill Room.

    Fore Street
    288 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101

    Grill Room
    84 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101

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

    1. Great food and romance? Hugo's.

      1. Defintely Hugo's for Saturday (get the blind tasting - divine). Sunday is harder as many of Portland's best places are closed. I believe Fore St is open Sundays (then you'd get what I feel are Portland's two best in one weekend).

        Duckfat for lunch is great as well.