If you spend even a short amount of time wandering around the streets of Portland, Maine you will notice that it’s a food lover’s paradise—or maybe just mine. There are so many unique cafes and restaurants intricately woven into this amazing city. I’m trying to explore at least a couple of new places a week and still have many, many more to go but here are some of my favorites so far!
- The Holy Donut – Possibly 50% of the reason I moved to Maine. These amazing potato donuts are simply out of this world. Plus they use natural flavors and local ingredients so it’s a snack you can feel less guilty about.
- b. good – It’s actually a chain here in New England, but doesn’t have the feel of your average run-of-the-mill chain. They have excellent salads, quinoa bowls, and burgers. What I like most about them is that they only use local and seasonal ingredients. They pride themselves on being able to tell you which farms they get every individual ingredient from. It’s a great, healthy option…I just wish it wasn’t next door to the Holy Donut—always makes my lunchtime decision 10x harder than it needs to be.
- Bard Coffee – For the serious coffee drinkers who want more than just a quick jolt. These baristas seriously know coffee. The proof is in the pudding…and being named Portland’s Best Single Location Coffee House.
- Portland Lobster Company – This mostly outdoor venue has the best in-town lobster rolls. It has a fantastic deck right on the water which is perfect for listening to the live music they have most nights.
- The Crooked Mile Cafe – Tucked away on the little, inconspicuous Milk Street in the Old Port this café is well worth finding. They have an extensive breakfast and lunch menu and great, funky décor. It’s the perfect place for a leisurely lunch or a quick to-go breakfast sandwich.
- Tandem Coffee Roasters – I have a soft spot for this place because their West End location is right by my apartment. They also have excellent coffee, tasty pastry options, and a large outdoor seating area.
- Five Fifty-Five – Hands-down the best truffled lobster mac & cheese I’ve ever had. It’s a guaranteed food coma experience, but with the great wine and romantic ambiance it’s totally worth it. The reason for the name? It’s located at 555 Congress Street.
- Rosemont Bakery and Café – This place has a little bit of everything! They have your regular café staples, but it’s also a great place to pick up some local produce, snacks, and some prepared meals—perfect for those nights when you just cannot eat leftovers again but don’t want to go out to a restaurant.
I’m still exploring this incredible city so stay tuned for more great finds!