Restaurants

Top Choice Modern American in Portland

Fore Street

Fore Street is the lauded, long-running restaurant many consider to be the originator of today's food obsession in Portland. Chef-owner Sam Hayward has turned roasting into a high art: chickens turn on spits in the …
Top Choice Italian in Rockland

Primo

In a sprawling Victorian house a mile from downtown sits Primo, widely considered one of the best restaurants in Maine. Awarded chef Melissa Kelly has reached celebrity status for her creative ways with New England …
Top Choice Latin American in Bar Harbor

Havana

First things first: order a rockin' Cuba libre or mojito. Once that's done, you can take your time with the menu and the epic global wine list. Havana puts a Latin spin on dishes that highlight local produce, and th…
Top Choice Seafood in The Kennebunks

Nunan's Lobster Hut

Just 2.3 miles east of Kennebunkport, Nunan's is the place to roll up your sleeves and flex your lobster-cracking muscles. Owners Richard and Keith Nunan still trap and cook the lobsters just like their grandfather …
Top Choice Vegetarian in Belfast

Chase's Daily

A true farm-to-table experience, this cafe/bakery/farmers market presents fabulous, all-vegetarian fare – plus wicked good baked treats, from cauliflower and Gruyère tarts to custard buns. The lunch menu (creative s…
Top Choice Seafood in Wiscasset

Red's Eats

The lines for this iconic US 1 seafood shack, just west of the downtown bridge, slow down summer traffic so much that the local government has been trying to find a solution for decades (no joke). Incredible lobster…
Top Choice Sweets in Portland

Holy Donut

Doughnuts made from potato? Yep, and they're awesome. Local Maine potatoes and sweet potatoes go into the recipe for these doughnuts, creating a moist, cakey texture. Flavors range from fabulous (maple bacon) to mor…
Top Choice Modern American in Portland

Central Provisions

Snug, redbrick Central Provisions is Portland's latest It Girl: long lines, media attention, and a James Beard award for best new restaurant in 2015. Angle for a seat at the bar, overlooking the line chefs in action…
Top Choice Modern American in Ogunquit

The Velveteen Habit

A true farmhouse restaurant, the Velveteen Habit is 2 miles from central Ogunquit (take Berwick Rd off US 1). It's set among a large, productive garden (veggies, greenhouses, beehive, chicken coop), and an accomplis…
Top Choice Seafood in Boothbay Harbor

Cabbage Island Clambakes

A prized Maine tradition: a scenic cruise from Boothbay Harbor to the small, family-owned Cabbage Island, where a traditional clambake provides a fabulously memorable feast for diners, who can explore the island in …