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Best restaurant in Portland???

lenorel57 Jun 19, 2013 01:22 PM

I'm going to be in Portland for one night in Aug. We haven't been there for 3 years. When i was there last we atein Fore St., Back Bay Grill, and Street and Company. I would be happy at any of them, but I was wondering if there was a new and excellent restaurant.

Thanks in advance

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  1. bagelman01 Jun 19, 2013 08:49 PM

    You might try posting on the NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND BOARD.
    Maine is NOT in southern New England

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    1. re: bagelman01
      lenorel57 Jun 20, 2013 06:20 AM

      I guess I was thinking of "down Maine." As a former Bostonian I should have known it.

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      bobbert Jun 20, 2013 06:04 AM

      One dinner in August... I'd have to say Hugo's. They're real close to reopening after a total remodel. I think it will be the hot ticket in town for the summer.

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        lenorel57 Jun 20, 2013 06:22 AM

        Thanks. I went on their website and it says they're still closed. Did not say when they are re-opening. I think I tried to get in there3 years ago and couldn't.

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          bobbert Jun 20, 2013 06:30 AM

          They're saying that they should be reopening first week in July.

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            happensatonce Jun 21, 2013 10:00 AM

            I peeked in there yesterday and they've got a lot of work to do if they are going to be open in a couple of weeks!

      2. Jolyon Helterman Jun 20, 2013 06:35 AM

        Pai Men Miyake
        Eventide (by the new Hugo's people)

        ...are two favorites right now (tho we always try to make time for Fore Street, at least for 5pm at-the-bar-walk-in mussels and wine)

        Bar/snack crawls are great here, and getting a reservation for a late-ish table at Eventide to finish is a nice way to do it

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          lenorel57 Jun 20, 2013 09:46 AM

          Thanks. If we we went bar crawling they probably wouldn't let us in (too old). They'd be afraid we'd fall off the stool....just kidding. Will check out Eventide. I can get excellent Asian food here in ny

          1. re: lenorel57
            Jolyon Helterman Jun 20, 2013 11:17 AM

            These bars have comfy seats!

            At Eventide, the "lobster rolls" (done in those pork bao buns) are small-plate-sized, and good to share: I'm usually a mayo guy, but the brown-butter-vinaigrette version was mind-blowing. (We had six people, so shared all three styles—bbv, house mayo, and hollandaise—as apps.) The crudos and raw bar are all delicious, and the night I went they had an Asian-style fish dish with noodles and a ramen-y broth that was great.

            If you have to wait at Eventide, a block down is Duck Fat. Everyone gives love to their namesake fries and sandwiches, but I thibnk that their charcuterie and their delicate seasonal salads get overlooked. A good place to bide your time, if needed, and snack.



            1. re: Jolyon Helterman
              lenorel57 Jun 20, 2013 12:03 PM

              My mouth is watering already. Too many choices for just one night.

            2. re: lenorel57
              bobbert Jun 20, 2013 07:26 PM

              I'm a card carrying AARP member and manage to crawl around Portland regularly. It's an age friendly town. Piggybacking on Jolyon's post, on Monday a friend and I started at the North Point wine bar then Eventide followed by Duckfat (really nice evening) but... I'm still really looking forward to see the redone Hugo's.

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                lenorel57 Jun 20, 2013 09:13 PM

                These must be places that serve small plates. It's a good way to get the taste of different restaurants...especially when your time is limited to one night. The trouble is that if I like a dish I don't want just a taste of it.

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