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New or overlooked in Portland???

ScubaSteve Sep 12, 2013 01:51 PM

Hello all!

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
Gritty McDuff’s
Bull Feeney’s
Duck Fat
Bayou Kitchen
Fore Street
Grill Room
Gingko Blue

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    grittys457 RE: ScubaSteve Sep 12, 2013 07:37 PM

    In'finiti for beer

    Portland Hunt and Alpine club for craft cocktails

    Blue Rooster for lunch/take out

    Salvage BBQ and Empire Chinese just opened

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      fourstar RE: grittys457 Sep 17, 2013 01:59 PM

      where is Empire Chinese?

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        grittys457 RE: fourstar Sep 17, 2013 07:45 PM

        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


        Some pics


        Portland Hunt and Alpine


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      bobbert RE: ScubaSteve Sep 13, 2013 05:23 AM

      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.

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        sultanaboudreau RE: ScubaSteve Sep 13, 2013 09:45 AM

        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.

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          ScubaSteve RE: sultanaboudreau Sep 13, 2013 09:50 AM

          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.

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            bobbert RE: ScubaSteve Sep 13, 2013 03:01 PM

            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.

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          dwdunn RE: ScubaSteve Sep 13, 2013 10:17 AM

          The on wheels list, check out an amazing burger at Small Axe Truck.

          Part of the Hugo fleet.

          1. MidCoastMaineiac RE: ScubaSteve Sep 13, 2013 10:42 AM

            I'll give a shout out to Bibo's Madd Apple Cafe...always off the radar screen on these chat boards. They've been around for almost 15 years, and that's really saying something in Portland.


            1. ScubaSteve RE: ScubaSteve Sep 17, 2013 10:43 AM

              Thanks all for your reccos. We ended up going to:

              EvenTide (Awesome)
              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.

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