My boyfriend and I will be visiting Portland to see newly transplanted friends of his over Columbus Day weekend. As Native New Englander and food lover, I've been given the duty to try and figure out some good eats in Portland. I've done my homework and read the board, so I'm posting to see if I'm missing anything, and to get a little help.
The group is comprised of 1 vegetarian (will eat dairy, but no chicken/fish), 3 people who could eat tablespoons of Tabasco for breakfast, and 1 person who doesn't dig spicy food. Seafood isn't really a priority for the group, but I'm on the hunt for some excellent clam chowder. We have cars, so distance isn't a problem. We also don't mind travelling out from Portland if it's under a half hour or so (ok, more if you think it's *really* worth it!) The general priority for all is good food, preferably local, and not breaking the bank.
Here are the restaurants I've come up with
Dinner- Fore St (I know, I'll book a reservation soon). Can anyone comment on vegatarian fare?
Lunch- Scales. Is there a nearby place where the vegetarian can grab something?
Brunch- here's where I'm not sure where to target. I've read great things about Local 188, Becky's, Sophia's and Marcy's. This is for Sunday morning (think hangover food) and my priority is good pancakes or french toast, but others will want omelets I'm sure.
The second dinner is up in the air, depending on weather and foliage. If the leaves are done, I was thinking of toting everyone down to Ogunquit to do the Marginal Way and maybe head on up to Joshua's. Going to Wells is a priority on this trip, and I mistakenly didn't dine at Joshua's when I was there over the summer :P Otherwise, another dinner in Portland is possible but I want to avoid Flatbread because I'll be eating at the Amesbury, MA location before heading up to Portland.
thanks for any advice!