My husband, 4 yr old chowpup and I are spending a few days in Portland in early June. I've done my chowhound research, but still have some questions. We're staying at the Hilton Garden Inn in the Old Port and, mostly, won't have a car. We're looking for the following in restaurants: yummy, walking distance (chowpup can go in stroller for longish walks) or fairly short cab ride, mostly casual, but we'd like to do 1 nice dinner. Any thoughts on the following?
Either Fore St. or Street & Co. for our nice dinner. We had a wonderful meal at Fore St. several years ago, but some people seem to feel that it's fallen off a bit. I'm a little concerned about comments about the noise level at Street (bothers my son and me), but would we be ok if we sit in the front? Any thoughts?
How's the food at Ri-Ra? It's across the street from the hotel, so has convenience going for it.
How formal is Old Port Sea Grill? How's the food?
Portland Lobster Co and Porthole both have appealing menus, casual, traditional seafood. How's the food at these places? I want really, really good chowder, steamers, fried clams, lobster.
Are any of these a mistake? Is there anything else we should be thinking about?
Our chowpup likes restaurants and good food, but 3 restaurants a day for 5 days is a lot of good restaurant behavior for a 4 year old. On vacation, we often do a dinner or 2 of take-out/prepared food to eat in the room for those nights he just can't cope. Where to go pick something up?
Norm's near the art and children's museums
Some of the dinner places listed above
Anything else to recommend in the Old Port?
Standard Baking is right near the hotel, so that will probably keep us happy most mornings.
If we want really good pancakes, waffles, etc, I'm thinking Marcy's (seems to win out over Becky's) or Mim's. Any other thoughts?
Your vote, please, for the best coffee and espresso drinks in Old Port.