We are headed to Portland for a quick getaway after Christmas. I've been there twice before (we live outside of Boston), and enjoyed the food very much; I remember specifically that we liked Fore Street and Duckfat, so we'll probably hit them up again.
I've been studying recommendations on this board and rest. menus, and it seems like there's a lot of overlap on menus from one place to the next: a scallop dish, a squash risotto. I understand that the farm-to-table thing limits the options on the menu, and I totally support it, but we eat that way at home a lot too. Also my hubs can't eat scallops.
I gather that Grace is good for drinks and nibbles if you sit upstairs...can anyone give me a "feel" for Salt Exchange vs. Grace, East Ender, Bresca? We will be casual and probably not on a schedule, so may not be able to make reservations well ahead, if that makes a difference.