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Dec 21, 2010 05:35 PM

Portland Maine - for Xmas???

I'm planning to be in Portland Christmas Eve & Day for a getaway from the relatives etc.

Anybody knows who is open Christmas Day for good eats & fun and perhaps Boxing Day as well??

Chinese, Asian???

Just not spicy since my wife is allergic to capsacin [bummer since I can do [or used to do] 3 Thai peppers at a clip].

Thanks - hounds....

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  1. Christmas Eve — Cinque Terre will be holding their annual Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner, 4-8, $65 per person. A number of restaurants will be open on Christmas Eve: Andy’s Old Port Pub, El Rayo, Eve’s at the Garden, Five Fifty-Five, Gritty’s, Haraseeket Inn, Havana South, Holiday Inn by the Bay, Sebago Brewing, The Corner Room, The Farmer’s Table, The Front Room, The Grill Room and Vignola are all planning on being open Christmas Eve.

    Christmas Day — A select few restaurants are planning to be open on Christmas Day, some with special holiday-themed menus: Gritty’s, Holiday Inn by the Bay, Old Port Tavern, Twenty Milk Street, the Eastland Park Hotel, Haraseeket Inn in Freeport, Sable Oaks Marriott in South Portland and the Sea Glass Restaurant in Cape Elizabeth.

    These lists are from

    1. Check this link for a comprehensive write up of what's open...

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      1. re: wongadon

        Thanks y'all.

        Been to Gritty's a few times before - great bitters....

      2. Portland is quite festively decorated..............enjoy!

        1. Hit the front room tonight.

          They had a special ham which came from their pigs. It was nice - had texture and not the watery, mushy commercial hams you get at the local commercial markets.

          My wife loved the scalloped potatoes which was made with Parmasean cheese?

          Me, I got off at the meat appetisers [salume and other cured meats] and the beet salad. Had to take home a good portion of the plate presented. Good for 2 as a main course, fine for 4-6 otherwise.

          The lardo was great as well as the Brooklyn made bologna [shoot - I forgot the Italian name - Sopressata??]. The duck proscuitto and the venison proscuitto was very nice as well as the braseola [beef dried & cured]. The hard salume also was pleasant & tasty. The capicola, which can be hot/spicy was not - given the predeliction of current practice to "kick it up a notch" was great and tasty.

          I'd like to come back about another 5 times to get through the rest of the menu - or maybe about 8 people & do a thourough sampling of the variety this place has to offer.

          The only regret at the time is I didn't have the room to order the local mushroom dish, or the caponata, or the cod with pine nuts & raisins.

          Keep on truckin' - Portland.

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          1. re: algct

            Sounds like they did it up right last night at Front Room. Very nice!

            Oh, and the "bologna" is likely mortadella:

            Merry Christmas!

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

            1. re: Mister Meatball

              Now in the cold sober light of day it was mortadella - from Brooklyn, it was.

              Happy Boxing Day

              1. re: algct

                Love, love, love Cinque Terre but haven't been in a few years. My new favorite place is The Oxford House Inn in Fryeburg, ME. It used to be quite stuffy and pricey but the new owners have changed it up. It's a little bit of Boston in Maine - very creative dinners and upscale pub food in the pub downstairs. Very different martini menu. Check it out.
                Has anyone been to Four in Portsmouth? Heard it's good but haven't checked it out yet.

                Oxford House Inn
                548 Main St, Fryeburg, ME 04037

                Cinque Terre
                36 Wharf Street, Portland, ME 04101