Asbury Park Press, has been imploring me for years to go to Portland, Maine, where she claims there is much incredible food to be had. I may go this summer, spurred on by Andy and the Food & Wine story Kate Krader just wrote. I've eaten with Kate, and she has pretty good taste buds. Here's Kate's short list along with a few comments by me (you'll know they're mine when you see my initials).

Fore Street
Address: 288 Fore Street
Phone: 207-775-2717
Woodfired, seasonal cooking by Beard Award winner Sam Heyward. Heyward's other food endeavors include The Standard Baking Company featuring hand-crafted breads & pastries, Street and Co., Scales Restaurant and Seafood Mkt., and the below-mentioned Two Fat Cats Bakery. —EL

Browne Trading Company
Address: Merrill's Wharf
Phone: 800-944-7848
Rod Mitchell's incredible seafood market is useful to know aboutif your hotel room has a fridge and/or a kitchenette. —EL

Five Fifty-Five
Address: 555 Congress Street
Phone: 207-761-0555
Fennel-crusted Casco Bay monkfish.

Address: 58 Pine Street
Phone: 207-772-1110
Grano and carrots in a creamy tomato sauce. Greek wines by the glass.

Bar Lola
Address: 100 Congress Street
Phone: 207-775-5652
Warm bread salad, Maine shrimp on soft polenta.

The Cheese Iron
Address: 200 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough ME
Phone: 207-883-4057
Local cheeses, wines by the glass, sandwiches.

Two Fat Cats Bakery
Address: 47 Indian Street
Phone: 207-347-5144
Apple pie, cherry pie, marshmallow buttercream-filled whoopee pies.

There is an extremely opinionated website devoted to Portland restaurants. I have no idea how discerning its reviewers are, but they are certainly passionate and populist in their orientation.—EL


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