Portland - need non dining food stop ideas!
My husband and I are coming to Portland over Labor Day weekend. We have our dinners planned (Fore St and Emilitsa), we have tickets to the BrewFest, and we are taking a bike tour of the lighthouses. What we NEED are ideas for shops of the culinary kind to make sure we hit as we stroll around Old Town. We will not have a car, so while I am sure there are lots of places within a short distance, please don't tempt us with locations outside a reasonable walking distance of the Old Town area. My husband wants to be sure to get a good lobster treat and I really want to make sure I get a good chocolate treat! We love cheese and meats and wandering local markets or little food markets is something we enjoy doing. We also love good coffee! So please help us fill a few hours of wandering. Oh, does anyone know if Old Town shops are generally open on Sun and Labor Day Monday?
LeRoux Kitchen is one of the best food and kitchen gear places I have EVER been in. Olive oil tastings, vinegar tastings, chocolates, and everything wonderful for the kitchen. It's on the main street of the harbor, Commercial Street, and close to most of the great restaurants. Check its hours etc on the internet: http://www.lerouxkitchen.com/Store/pc...
I only wish I lived close by! Their 18-year-old balsamic is the best, I hoard it from year to year.
Leroux Kitchen,newCabot cheese store both on Commercial St. Rosemont Mkt on Munjoy hill,Good coffe places abound,Gourgeous Gelato Does espresso, and authentic gelato.Standerd bakery, many I have omitted because of the Sun. Mo. stipulation.Have fun!
I second LeRoux Kitchen! Get yourself a Vic Firth peppermill, made in Newport, ME, as a functional memento of your trip!
For coffee--skip Starbucks and go to Bard Coffee (directly across the street from Sbucks on Middle Street.) Portland is a big coffee town, and Crema/Arabica (2 shops, same owner) and the Speckled Axe are also quite good--all have their own different feels. Crema has the best homemade chocolate caramels--if they're in stock they're usually right next to the cash register--)
For local chocolate there's Sweet Marguerite's which is across the bridge in South Portland. Their chocolates are available at Whole Foods and other local retailers, tho (I think Le Roux sometimes carries them??) Dean's Sweets on Middle Street is good, too. For chocolatey baked goods, 2 fat cats bakery has really good whoopie pies. East End cupcakes are tasty and pretty--I love her chocolate/salt caramel cupcakes...Standard Baking Co. also has some really tasty chocolate items. The best desserts in town are at Bresca, if you wanted to change up your dinner reservation situation--her ice creams are something special! I also second Gorgeous Gelato--so good!
(also, the tourist district in Portland is the Old Port, not Old Town. Most things should be open on Sundays/for the holiday weekend).
One more plug for the amazing LeRoux kitchen, a place my wife and I never fail to visit when visiting Portland!
Another vote for LeRoux.
If they're open on Monday (definitely closed on Sunday) I'll recommend Browne Trading on Commercial st for great smoked foods, cheeses, caviar, wines etc. and Miccuci's Italian market for great Italian meats, cheese and bread. My wife and I will sometimes grab some of their stuff and walk over to the water to eat with a view. Alas, my gut says they'll both be closed...