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Looking for help -South Portland and Portland Waterfront restaurant recs

We are driving from Canada (NB) to Portland for the weekend. We are staying at the Marriott inSouth Portland on Friday night and the one on the waterfront on Saturday night. We are looking for independent (no chains) great restaurants for both nights. Price isn't an object, but good food is. (a decent wine list would make my Husband happy too)
Oh, also looking for great kitchen/food stores along the way.
Thanks!

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  1. Oh, and somewhere with a great brunch on Sundays....Thx!

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    1. re: troutpoint

      Sunday brunch: my current favorite is Artemesia, in the West End on Danforth St.: a bit of a hike from your hotel, but possible, and really interesting brunch food. Others will probably offer the Front Room on Congress, uphill from the waterfront Marriott, good food and a trendy (if sometimes noisy) atmosphere.

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

      1. re: troutpoint

        My favorites for Sunday brunch are Caiola's and Local 188 but there are a lot of others options as well. For a complete list check out http://www.portlandfoodmap.com/brunch...

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        Caiola's
        58 Pine St, Portland, ME 04102

        Local 188
        685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102

      2. LeRoux Kitchen supply in the old port (waterfront) of Portland is an awesome store, with great extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars. I'm partial to Hugo's in the old port for restaurants, and like Fore Street as well. Others will add 555, I'm not a fan. Miyake gets good reviews for sushi. Duckfat is Hugo's chef Rob Evans lunch spot with great paninis and Belgian style frites. Enjoy Portland, a truly great city!

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        Fore Street
        288 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101

        1. Retail:
          From South Portland check out The Cheese Iron in nearby Scarborough.
          Downtown Portland...Rabelais Bookstore...great collection of food&wine books, cookbooks, etc.

          Sunday Brunch: Caiola's

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          Caiola's
          58 Pine St, Portland, ME 04102

          1. Fore St. for dinner, Caiola's for brunch and Duck Fat for lunch or a great snack (fries!), Micucci's on India St. (near Duck Fat) for the delicious bread from the bakery in the back and Italian goodies from the shop.

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            Caiola's
            58 Pine St, Portland, ME 04102

            Duck Fat
            43 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101

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            1. re: Kat

              If you go to Micucci's, you have to get a slab of the sicilian pizza from the bakery in back. It's epic.

            2. Nosh has a great burger (the Noshburger) and fries dusted with bacon powder, if you're into that kind of thing.

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              1. re: monopod

                I am guessing my husband will be ALL over fries dusted with bacon powder...But ducat fries may be a tough decision... good thing we are there for more than one lunch. Hugo's and Fore St have been on our short list...555 has gotten so good reviews, but for some reason, we weren't struck on it. Glad to hear we have made the right choices! ;-)
                The retail recs are exciting! Can't wait!!!
                Thanks!