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One afternoon in Portland

jmarya Jul 10, 2013 07:13 AM

I'm going up to Portland for the day on Saturday to do an errand and I'm looking for recommendations for a cheapish solo lunch.

I've been to Portland a few times before, but generally when I'm there I'm with my BF's family so I can't necessarily dictate what we'll do and where we'll go. (And I love them, but sometimes their food choices drive me crazy!) Where would you send me?

I have a car so can travel, and will be driving back down to the Boston area so something on the way would be fine too!

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    bobbert RE: jmarya Jul 10, 2013 08:07 AM

    I'll take a stab at this and give you two reasonably priced options.
    1. If you plan on a stroll in the Old Port, I'd say Duckfat for small fries and either some soup or salad followed by a 200 foot walk to Two Fat Cats for a reasonably sized yet delicious woopie pie. All that should cost around $20.
    2. Pai Men Miyake on Longfellow Square for their set priced lunch. Bowl of ramen and an app between $8.50 and $12.00. Possibly best lunch deal in town.

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      jmarya RE: bobbert Jul 10, 2013 08:16 AM

      thanks! I know it's fairly open-ended but I'm excited to have some time in portland to myself.

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        bobbert RE: jmarya Jul 10, 2013 08:23 AM

        Duckfat and Pai Men are also very accommodating and comfortable for solo diners. Both have eating bars and even when busy can usually slip someone in.

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      grittys457 RE: jmarya Jul 10, 2013 10:17 AM

      Go to Blue Rooster right off of Commercial street. Food is no joke


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        bobbert RE: grittys457 Jul 10, 2013 12:15 PM

        Another excellent choice.

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          Bob W RE: bobbert Jul 10, 2013 12:46 PM

          bobbert, have you tried the "tot-tine"?

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            bobbert RE: Bob W Jul 10, 2013 01:55 PM

            I'll assume that's a rhetorical question.
            3 of my favorite things, tater tots, gravy, and cheese. The tots do tend to soak up the gravy making a bit of a mess but still tasty. Not nearly as refined as the poutine at duckfat but still good. They have some great sandwiches and hot dogs. Also love their fried Brussel sprouts.

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              Bob W RE: bobbert Jul 11, 2013 08:46 AM

              Thanks bobbert. 8<D Sounds like a good choice for lunch with the kids. Don't need my poutine to be refined! The sandwiches remind me of Cochon Butcher in New Orleans (a very good reference point). One lunch will definitely be at FG.

              We're actually big fans of fried and oven-roasted Brussel sprouts. Oh, if my mom just brushed them with oil and threw them in the oven, instead of boiling the crap out of them. 8<D

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                bobbert RE: Bob W Jul 11, 2013 09:57 AM

                The chef/owner goes from a top NYC restaurant and opens a sandwich shop in Portland. Gotta love it. Some simple enough items to appeal to picky kids and some pretty complex choices for the more discriminating people.

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                  sciencediet RE: Bob W Jul 11, 2013 11:11 AM

                  We just had some outstanding roasted brussels sprouts at brunch at Pai Men Miyake, of all places.

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                    bobbert RE: sciencediet Jul 11, 2013 11:57 AM

                    My wife always orders them at Pai Men. Boda also has great Brussel sprouts - maybe my fovorite in town.

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          irwin RE: jmarya Jul 11, 2013 07:17 AM

          Another few places I think you would enjoy as you said "cheapish"...
          Becky's Diner
          Miss Portland Diner (both of these are easy to get to)
          Fisherman's Grill--extremely good and very reasonable

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