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May 13, 2011 04:43 PM

Where to take French Guests

We are hosting friends from France and would like to take them to a restaurant where there is "good food, done well". We are aware of Fore Street and the usual suspects. Looking for someplace we may not have thought of in and around Portland and points south.

Fore Street
288 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101

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  1. Petite Jacqueline (brand new French bistro in Portland) is excellent.

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    1. re: Mister Meatball

      Something typically American; for Europeans, Lobster!!!; the Homarus Americanus is something not found in typical French Bistros. Unless your guests are frequent visitors to your area, they should be intrigued by this typical New England treat.......Short of that, a top of the line steakhouse, other restaurants serving regional foods of N.E. Aside from visitors from Japan, most are looking for "American" food; the Japanese are very aware of the variety of fish/seafood available in the top Japanese restaurants here and are usually eager to investigate same.

    2. Two really great restaurants that don't seem to get enough press are Back Bay Grill and Emilitsa.

      Back Bay Grill
      65 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101

      1. Take them somewhere that will really blow them away. Old Country Buffet. Imagine the horrified looks on their faces as they discover the "real America"!

        Old Country Buffet
        517 Maine Mall Rd, South Portland, ME 04106

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        1. re: MidCoastMaineiac

          MCM...I don't know you but that's hilarious, suggesting they go to an American buffet. It'll let the French continue with their conceit that we don't know how to eat over here!

          1. re: Shooley

            Thanks Shooley! I pride myself in my caustic witicisms. That got me thinking though...maybe a legitimately good idea is taking them to a Saturday night bean supper at some grange hall or church. Talk about authentic New England! Beans, brown bread, potato salad and/or cole slaw, red hot dogs, and finish it off with a whoopie pie! All washed down with Moxie of course...