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The New Food And Drink Capital Of The Northeast

Located in southern Maine, and north of every other place you’ve been this year, Portland is becoming more than just a location for L.L. Bean commercials. As if lobster at $4 a pound isn’t enticing enough, the New England city is home to an emerging culinary scene and tons of new microbreweries. With this combination of ambitious chefs and alcoholic entrepreneurs, the city seems to liven up at night, where Sperry Docksiders and slacks are proper attire no matter where you’re drinking. And even if you don’t own boat shoes, the Portland locals will embrace you. They’ve felt neglected ever since the capital was moved to Augusta in 1832.

Why You Should Visit

You haven’t tasted lobster until you’ve seen it pulled from the back dock and thrown into the steamer. Inhumane? Depends who’s asking. Delicious? Yes, no matter who you are. Portland has tons of restaurants where this dream becomes a reality, notably J’s Oyster Bar, which is a less touristy alternative to Portland Lobster Company. After you wrestle with a three-pounder, get a feel for the city by walking through the cobblestone streets of the Old Port. Lined with pubs and drunken mutterings of white whales and perfect storms, the Old Port is at the heart of downtown. However, if lobster and salty fisherman are Portland’s past, than restaurants like Fore Street and Five-Fifty-Five are products of the new wave. Couple these Michelin starred restaurants with microbreweries like Shipyard and you’ve got the day and dinner planned out. For the night, head back to the Old Port for some live music. It’s a bit north of Margaritaville, but Jimmy Buffet requests are still accepted.   Continue reading…

December 8, 2009 - Posted by | Dining/Living, News

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