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 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 Seafood in Portland

Eventide Oyster Co

Rocking seafood-lovers' worlds since opening in 2012, Eventide still has plenty of hype, and one look at the raw bar here explains all: fresh Maine oysters and shellfish, shucked to order. There's an enticing menu o…
Top Choice Modern American in Portland

Central Provisions

Snug, red-brick 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 actio…
Diner in Portland

Becky's Diner

Fishermen and all-night revelers enjoy the 4am opening. At other times, the booths at this wharf-side diner are packed with a mixed crowd: fishing folks, Portland professionals, tourists, families with young childre…
Fast Food in Portland


DuckFat has out-of-this-world fries. Fried in (yes) duckfat, they're shatteringly crisp, with fluffy centers. Dipping sauces (truffle ketchup, horseradish mayo etc) are good, but unnecessary. The fancy panini are al…
Modern American in Portland

Five Fifty-Five

This elegant, two-level restaurant offers of-the-moment dishes like truffled lobster mac 'n' cheese and local beet salad, but prices are quite high – you may do better to opt for the cheaper bar menu, where steak an…
Seafood in Portland

J's Oyster

This well-loved dive has the cheapest raw oysters in town (around $21 for a dozen). Eat 'em on the deck overlooking the pier. The oyster-averse have plenty of sandwiches and seafood mains to choose from.
Seafood in Portland

Street & Co

A longtime Old Port favorite for fresh seafood – grilled, blackened, broiled, tossed with pasta. Lobster diavolo (in spicy tomato sauce, with pasta) for two is the house specialty (hint: don't wear white). Reservati…
Bakery in Portland

Two Fat Cats

Tiny bakery serving baked-from-scratch pastries, awesome pies, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate-chip cookies and fabulous whoopie pies.