Seafood is big here, naturally – look for New England specialties like periwinkles, quahog clams and, of course, lobster. Cafe and bakery culture is strong, too. The buzziest restaurants cluster in and around the Old Port District, but Munjoy Hill and the West End also have some culinary gems. Most eateries of all stripes offer great local beers to accompany food.
Portland's food scene is hot, and will continue to remain so into the foreseeable future. Young chefs fleeing the higher rents in East Coast cities like New York and Boston have set up shop here, embracing all that is fresh and local while adding global kick, making Portland a highly respected center of gastronomy for a town of such a small size. Get some help tapping into the local scene via the offerings of Maine Foodie Tours.