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Trip List by VickiArts

The locals' guide to Portland, ME

26 Sep 2011  We followed the locals' advice for a yummy and awesome trip. I have to pass the wisdom along for karma's sake!
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Our spontaneous trip to Portland in March lead us to a bar the first night where some locals gave us the low down on what to do in foodie friendly Portland, ME and boy were they right! We start the journey on Thursday night after a few hour drive up the east coast...

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  • 1. After you settle in your hotel, start your first night with an early dinner at Ribollita.
    Ribollita, Portland, Maine

    Get the mascarpone cheesecake, nut crust and pomegranate sauce for dessert if it?s on the menu!
    Note: Pasta was a little too al dente for my taste but everything else was awesome!

  • 2. Watch the sunset with cocktails at Top of the East.
    Top of the East, Portland, Maine

    Get to the Top of the East just in time to enjoy a drink and watch the sun set. We didn't get there ourselves but our local experts says it's the best view in the city.

  • 3. Friday afternoon, walk around the Arts District for a little window shopping.
    Arts District, Portland, Maine

  • 4. At 4pm head over to Nosh and order from the small plates menu.
    Nosh, Portland, Maine

    Order a few small plates including the tempura fired bacon and share with your crew. The tempura fired bacon is so different, you just have to try it!

  • 5. Walk over to the Portland Museum of Arts for free Friday night admission.
    http://portlandmuseum.org/

    On Friday night from 5pm-9pm the Portland Museum of Arts at 7 Congress Square is free. The museum is the perfect size to stroll through in a few hours.

  • 6. For dinner go to The Front Room and order from the specials.
    The Front Room Restaurant & Bar, Portland, Maine

    Our waiter Jeremiah was a local we met at a bar the night before. You might say he suggested the place because he works there but he didn't steer us wrong! Dinner at The Front Room at 110 Exchange Street was just one example of why Portland is a foodie paradise.
    Note: Call ahead to check the hours and plan accordingly!

  • 7. Leave room for late night dessert and drinks at The Bar of Chocolate Cafe.
    The Bar of Chocolate Cafe, Portland, Maine

    The Bar of Chocolate Cafe is a small spot off Wharf Street that serves on flavor. I"m still dreaming of the rum cake. The place we so good, we went back another night.

  • 8. Grab breakfast at Two Fat Cats bakery and pick something up for dessert on the ferry ride later.
    Two Fat Cats, Portland, Maine

    Two Fat Cats has been featured on numerous TV shows and the Food Network. We slept too late to check it out but their site had some yummy pictures.

  • 9. Pack a lobster picnic for an afternoon ferry ride!
    http://www.freerangefish.com/

    Pick out fresh lobsters and have them steamed at Free Range Fish and Lobster. We got two 1 1/2lb soft lobsters, beverages, lobster crackers and forks for just $23! Go a few doors down to Becky's and order side dishes to go with your lobster.

    Note: Do a little advance planning for this one. Pack baby wipes, paper cups, plastic shopping bags for garbage, and a cork screw before your trip into a picnic basket. Grab some wine and dessert too along your Portland travels to accompany your meal.

  • 10. Take your packed picnic basket lunch to the Casco Bay Lines ferry. Be early!
    Casco Bay Lines, Portland, Maine

    Pick a Casco Bay ferry tour and load the boat. Get there early so you can grab a table. Chow down on your picnic while you enjoy the scenic coast of Maine, the view and meal can't be beat. Eveyone on the ferry is very chill and friendly, most are enjoying meals and drinks too.
    Note: The hand wipes and bags for garbage will come in handy!

  • 11. Once you lose your see legs and get hungry again, head over to the famous J's Oyster bar for dinner.
    J's Oyster, Portland, Maine

    Anthony Bourdain visited J's on No Reservations, you should too. Open till 11:30pm but a little tight, J's is a great location for fresh Maine seafood.

    Note: Sit at bar for better service and a quicker seat. Make friends with the people sitting next to you.

  • 12. Wake up Sunday morning and head to Vignola on Wharf Street for brunch followed by shopping downtown.
    Vignola, Portland, Maine

    Indulge in a multi course brunch with a flight of wine at Vignola. You'll walk off the calories with a long walk after brunch around downtown.

  • 13. If you want a last meal in Portland before you head home, check out Duck Fat.
    Duckfat, Portland, Maine

    A favorite of one of our local guides is Duck Fat. We didn't have time to stop by but we heard it was delicious.