I'm heading out in two weeks on a road trip with three friends. Traveling from Nova Scotia to the Catskills in NY state for a music festival. We'll be crossing the border at Calais and taking the Airline Route, then heading to Portland, and from there ... I'm not quite sure of our intended route.
From the border to Portland I'd be interested in any great chow finds - especially great diners or stores selling local and/or interesting specialty items.
We'll be staying in Portland on the way down and on the way back - and are also interested in ideas for dinner/drinks in Portland. I was interested in the Empire Dine and Dance, which I saw on an older post here, and am curious about recent opinions. We'd be happy with diner food or contemporary american or bistro style. We're from the coast, so we're not dying for seafood recommendations. Someplace that is open and serving food up until probably 10 pm would be best. Also, if there are places focusing on local/seasonal stuff, we'd be interested as well (as long as they aren't high end).