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Fore Street: Toddler Friendly?

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goldrush May 14, 2011 07:06 AM

Making a trip from NYC up to Maine and have always heard good things about Fore Street. We have an 18 month toddler and was wondering if Fore Street can accommodate with a high chair or if it's not really a family friendly place. Any feedback would be much apprectiated. Thanks!!

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288 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101

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    morla May 28, 2011 05:29 PM

    We have taken our now 5 year old to Fore Street at least 3-4 times. We always make reservations early (530pm) and to compensate for the amount of $ his seat takes up, we order a relatively expensive bottle of wine :) As long as you know your child, dining out at a casual place.....like Fore Street is fine. We do bribe him not to squirm too much by promising him a chocolate souffle cake.....his favorite:) Of course we would never allow him out of his seat or tolerate any loud noise. Come on people. I have seen MANY middle aged men behave MUCH worse then my kid. Appropriate behavior knows no age.

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      candicekat May 18, 2011 01:23 PM

      I would not recommend bringing a toddler to Fore Street. It would be a dangerous situation if your child did not want to stay seated in the high chair, as the wait staff criss-cross carrying large trays. I would suggest DeMillo's as a "child happy" space. You would even be able to walk on the deck outside. Good luck.

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        MangiaMuse May 28, 2011 02:41 PM

        Fore Street is a very special place. As a mother of two who has always taken her kids lots of places, I would not take a toddler there. Waste of money. This is a place to go where you want to just take it all in, and not have to be distracted by a baby. The seared scallops are totally amazing. We have never had a bad meal there, and last month, it was the best ever.

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        mkfisher May 17, 2011 01:41 PM

        I was at Fore Street on Friday night, and there were plenty of kids there. To me, it's so loud and busy in there that if you think your kid can handle it, why not take them.

        By the way, I highly suggest ordering the skate wing entree.

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          foodquest May 15, 2011 06:24 AM

          If your 18 month old generally does well in restaurants, then I think Fore Street early in the evening would be fine. Its not a quiet restaurant and the food is not particularly slow in arriving. Of course, you know your kiddo best, but kids have done fine there among the hustle and bustle. I'd give them a call.

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            sciencediet May 14, 2011 04:32 PM

            I have two young kids, and I'd say no.

            There are two kinds of restaurants in Portland: Kids Welcome and Get a Sitter, and Fore Street is definitely the latter. (In some other cities, there are restaurants that are somewhere in between, maybe We Will Tolerate Your Kid But Won't Go Out of Our Way, but we don't really have those. I was just thinking about this after a trip to DC, where we ate well and the kids did fine, but only one place we went really met my standards of family-friendliness.)

            Places I'd go with an 18-month-old: Flatbread, Silly's, Yosaku, Bonobo, the Port Hole.

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              sciencediet May 15, 2011 05:46 AM

              I just thought of one more: try Asmara, the Eritrean restaurant on Oak St., a block from the Children's Museum (where you might be anyway). The food is inherently toddler-friendly and the owners are extremely warm and welcoming.

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              mainefama May 14, 2011 12:03 PM

              Can't speak for the management of Fore Street but have never seen young children there.. Many more restaurants in Portland that are better suited for families. Flatbread, Port Hole, Becky's, East Ender, Silly's come to mind as places parents as well as children would be a lot more relaxed. Certainly Northern NE chowhounds with kiddos can offer more suggestions

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