New or overlooked in Portland???
- ScubaSteve Sep 12, 2013 01:51 PM
A friend and I are going to be in Portland this Sunday afternoon into Monday afternoon. We’re pretty well versed in what the Town has to offer so we’re looking for something New or Overlooked.
We’re looking to bounce around and try a lot of Good Eats and Drinks either by small plates or splitting entrees. Craft Beers, Cocktails or extensive Spirits lists will be our choice for liquid sustenance and we have no limits for other foods.
Below is a list of our usual places of which I know we’ll be hitting a few. Is there any place new or someplace old that we should check out? (P.S. We’re staying at the Portland Harbor Hotel and will be walking.)
Thanks in advance!
Old Port Tavern
On Congress St where Empire Dine and Dance was. They spent months renovating both floors, the music one upstairs and turning the bottom into a dim sum. Looks really nice, they did a great job
Portland Hunt and Alpine
I do like gritty's rec's. Portland Hunt and Alpine has a pretty extensive selection for the craft cocktail drinker in you and craft cocktails is pretty much what they do. Only open about a week with a limited but fairly tasty selection of small bites.
The one notable part of town missing from where you've been is the Longfellow Square area with it's varied choices of great eats/drinks and well worth a mini-crawl (everthing is so close together you can actually crawl between them).
Pai Men Miyake and Boda both great for smaller bites. LFK I like more for drinks and great beer selection (though a great mac and cheese) and I like Local 188 for the nightcap and dessert and Petite Jaqueline for a touch of class (also like their burger and Onion Soup). All this within 50 yards of each other.
All these, except Boda, are great Sunday brunch destinations as well.
Agreed with bobbert and Grittys on the new and notable--I am hopefully checking out Hunt and Alpine this weekend.
If your goals are "small plates or splitting entrees, Craft Beers, Cocktails or extensive Spirits" I wouldn't bother with the OPT or Bull Feeney's, or save them until you're already well lubricated--they're standard boilerplate bar/pubs. Personally I'm meh these days about 555, Fore St., Gritty's, the Grill Room and Gingko Blue--there are better options. If you want to go to Hugo's you should probably make a reservation--
I do love LFK--the food has been a bit inconsistent lately but the drinks and revolving beer list are reliably good. There's also Novare Res for beer. Infiniti is good for beer/drinks/sitting outside and the food is MUCH improved--it was a bit lackluster through most of the summer but I randomly was there twice last weekend and had great bar snacks, as well as sunday brunch.
Thank you for the input.
Gritty's has become a regular place for me as I am fond of the beers and know some of the staff and as for Bull Feeney's I do love their Whiskey/Whisky selection and their prices for these are usually below what I pay closer to Home. We're not too keen on Hugo's but I remember hearing the they just did a remod and the only reason for going there would be an early drink and/or app. We like GB as sometimes the music is good and it's directly across from the PHH.
If you're into the various whiskey's of the world I think you should definitely try Portland Hunt and Alpine Club. Only been once but the selection was very extensive. Had a Manhattan and had at least 6 Rye's to chose from. Will be curious about what you think. It's still very new so will definitely not have the character of some of the places that have been around for awhile.
Thanks all for your reccos. We ended up going to:
Sonny's (Really Good)
Portland Hunt and Alpine (Excellent and Interesting)
Bull Feeney's (Same as always)
Fore Street (Better than our last visits years ago)
Bar of Chocolate (Sucked Ass)
Infiniti (Really good and Cool)
And after that things got Foggy.