Big Weekend in Portland
Hello Portland! We will be spending our tenth anniversary in Portland this weekend. It's also our first weekend away in three years. I know for most posts, people ask for guidelines, but we are really asking for anything that excites you within 20 miles of town. Thank you.
For pub food, I think RiRa's on Commercial Street is the only one in Portland with decent offerings. For something tastier but in a still in a casual atmosphere, try one of the Norm's on Congress Street by High Street. (Norm's on the East End, sadly, is closed)
Good pizza is around the corner from RiRa at Flatbread.
Love Bresca, Cinque Terre and Caiola for really tasty food. Caiola's is more homey than the others.
I like Artemesia on Pleasant St. as a funky brunch option.
Miyake is great. I've heard mixed reviews from friends about their new noodle place.
Sonny's is fun, loud Latin-inspired place with great cocktails. The food is tasty but the service often suffers terribly during busy times. Run by the same guy is Local 188 on Congress Street (near State Street)
Have a good time!
36 Wharf Street, Portland, ME 04101
58 Pine St, Portland, ME 04102
111 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101
685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102
I also just had a delicious meal at Back Bay Grill on this past Wednesday. The musssels were great and accompanied beautifully by a bottle of Drouhin Chablis that was everything a Chablis should be. They were nice enough to split a salad for us at no additional charge. My entree was seared swordfish that was caught by Maine author and fisherwoman Linda Greenlaw. We had another tasty wine from Drouhin, their Vero Bourgogne Pinot Noir. It was also very good and went well with my swordfish and my dining companions duck breast. The service was attentive yet relaxed. I give this restaurant my highest recommendation.
Back Bay Grill
65 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101
What's exciting this weekend is Harvest on the Harbor! I think they still have some tickets available for the Seafood Splash on Thursday and also the Savory Samplings on Saturday afternoon and evening. Great way to see what Maine has to offer for food. http://www.harvestontheharbor.com/
Not sure when you depart, but Maine Restaurant week starts on Sunday. Here's a link:
Another place that excites me is The Cheese Iron in Scarborough (Rte. 1). Stop by and pick up cheeses, meats, wine, bread then maybe take it somewhere scenic for a picnic. They also have pre made sandwiches as well. http://www.thecheeseiron.com/
What excites me lately is eating at home, but that's probably not what you want to hear. Most people ask for guidelines (cheap eats, seafood, high end, Italian, etc) because that makes it easier for locals to point you in the right direction. I'm not trying to be a jerk, but your request is a little too broad for me to be helpful.