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Report -- 3.5 days in Portland


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Report -- 3.5 days in Portland

Chessman | | Jul 6, 2013 07:03 PM

Just returned from Portland and had some unbelievable food. Many of the ideas I got from this board, so thought I'd provide a report.

Lunches --

Fisherman's Grill -- Little hole-in-the-wall but biggest and best lobster roll of the trip. And other folks were eating beautiful plates of fried clams/shrimp and a huge haddock sandwich for $8.95. Definitely worth checking out.

Lobster Shack at Two Lights -- Pretty much as reported on this site. Scenery can't be beat but food certainly can be. Lobster was overcooked and slightly off. Fried clams were fine but had me pining to be back at FG.

Portland Lobster Company -- Pleasant surprise. Was expecting total tourist trap but food and vibe turned out to be exactly what we wanted. Lobster tasted fresh and perfectly cooked. And when my wife found that one of her claws had lost its meat, they gave her a new one gratis. Plus, dockside dining is almost as nice as the view at LS@TL.

Hot Suppa -- Great, laid back vibe in arts district. Although it was lunchtime, I ordered corned beef from the breakfast menu. So good. They create a gorgeous crust on the flat top which gives way to some first-rate shredded corned beef underneath.

Dinners --

Miyake -- Very good four course menu with several choices for each course. Generally raw selections were bigger hits -- scallop carpaccio, sashimi, sushi.

Hugo's -- I thought they were still under construction, but when we walked by, they were accepting reservations. Turns out they'd been open only a couple of days. It was pricey, but worth every penny. Some restaurants of this caliber sacrifice taste for creativity/cleverness. I never got that sense at Hugo's. Every course -- and there were 10 of them between my wife and I plus a few extras -- was delicious as well as interesting. Hard to pick highlights, but loved the asparagus custard (forgot the Japanese name), the udon noodle salad, and the halibut.

Emilitsa's -- I've eaten a lot of high-end Greek food, and this is some of the best I've had anywhere. Started with a perfect tomato, onion and feta salad. Then I had some unbelievably delicious lamb ribs and my wife had a perfectly cooked duck breast.

In between all those meals, I managed to get some Duck Fat fries to walk around with as well as a vanilla soft-serve cone over at Red's Dairy Freeze.

I know I missed a lot -- eg, no whoopie pies -- but made a pretty good dent. Can't wait to get back. I live in DC and am jealous of those of you lucky enough to have such terrific places in your backyard.

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