The Weekender: Portland, Maine
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A weekend guide of where to eat and shop in Portland, ME.
EAT & DRINK:
J’s Oyster Bar
Man, when I think of Portland, I think of a place like J’s. It’s an old, wooden bar right on the dock on the water. Lots of old timers hanging out, drinking light beer, eating clam chowder, oysters and fresh lobster. Everyone was very drunk and friendly. Love this place!
J’s Oyster Bar | 5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101 (207) 772-4828
Eventide Oyster Co.
Eventide is one of the newer, hipper spots in Portland that’s worth checking out. They have a standing room only oyster bar with the day’s selection of fresh oysters on display. I stopped by for some happy hour drinks and oysters at the bar, but you can also grab a table for a sit down meal if you’d like. Highly recommended!
Eventide Oyster Co. | 86 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101 (207) 774-8538
The Holy Donut
Serious donuts. They call them “potato donuts” (‘cuz they’re made with Maine potato), plus they use all natural ingredients and come in about 16 different flavors. I was there in the fall and had an awesome local apple and maple donut.
The Holy Donut | 7 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101 (207) 775-7776 http://www.theholydonut.com/
Tandem Coffee Roastery
I went to the cafe and roastery location, so it was a bit out of the way in an industrial area, but the coffee is strong and delicious and they also serve Holy Donuts (see above), so I didn’t mind the trek.
Tandem Coffee Roastery | 122 Anderson St, Portland, ME 04101 (207) 899-0235
Lovely Italian spot, perfect for a nice, cozy dinner of homemade pasta or fresh seafood and a bottle of wine. Unfortunately, I ordered the wrong thing that I didn’t like, and I was bummed because everyone else’s dishes looked so damn good. I need to go back and eat here again.
Paciarino | 470 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101 (207) 774-3500
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Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company
To be honest, I chose this place for lunch because of it’s awesome name, but turns out the food is awesome too! Great hearty pub style fare, and since we’re in New England, lots of seafood too. The lobster roll and draft beer selection was on point.
Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company | 396 Fore Street Portland, Maine 04103 (207) 772-2739
Great, old school family diner serving all the classics: soups, sandwiches, big breakfasts, meat and two sides. It was a welcome change after all the chowder and fried seafood I had eaten all weekend. Plus, I have a soft spot for diners.
Becky’s Diner | 390 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101 (207) 773-7070
Public Market House
This is essentially an indoor food market with lots of vendors and grocers. I popped in here for an inexpensive mid-day juice and coffee break. Lots of choices and everyone can get their own thing, then sit and relax at the communal dining tables.
Public Market House | 28 Monument Way, Portland, ME 04101 (207) 228-2056
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Portland Flea for All
Multiple warehouse floors of rad home stuff! Lots of cool, vintage bric a brac, furniture, and artwork. If I lived closer, I would be there every weekend buying stuff for my apartment. Worth checking out if you are into vintage decorating!
Portland Flea for All | 125 Kennebec Street, Portland, ME 04101 (207) 370-7570
Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery
Cute tasting shop for Maine’s local winery Sweetgrass. You pay a few bucks and you get to sample five of their wines or liquors. I left with a couple bottles.
Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery | 324 Fore Street, Portland, Maine 04101 (207) 761-8GIN
Fun, curated vintage clothing shop with a rock and roll vibe. I found a sweet Levi’s jean jacket here for about $30.
Moody Lords | 566 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101 (207) 899-1149