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 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 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…
Fast Food in Portland

DuckFat

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

Green Elephant

Even carnivores shouldn't miss the vegetarian fare at this Zen-chic, Thai-inspired cafe (with lots of vegan and gluten-free options too). Start with the crispy spinach wontons, then move on to one of the stir-fry, n…
Japanese in Portland

Miyake

This sushi bar offers some of the freshest fish in Portland – and that's saying a lot. Order à la carte or choose one of chef Masa Miyake's omakase (chef's choice; $38 to $70) menus, which often include local ingred…
Modern American in Portland

Hugo's

Hugo's has taken a few different turns over its lifetime and settled on this handsome, upscale incarnation, where the menu divides into 'Foraged & Farmed,' 'From the Sea,' and 'Forest & Field.' Opt to mix di…
Seafood in Portland

Scales

A cavernous dockside warehouse is the setting for Portland's newest seafood restaurant, with impeccable pedigree (it's from the team behind the acclaimed Fore Street). Windows look out to fishing boats, the raw bar …
Asian in Portland

Honey Paw

A new creation from the owners of a few highly regarded restaurants around town, hip Honey Paw has a cool warehouse fit-out and a menu of pan-Asian classics (Korean fried chicken, Vietnamese chicken noodle soup). Th…