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Portland Area Restaurants With Parking? Handicap Accessible?

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Portland Area Restaurants With Parking? Handicap Accessible?

Vacationland | Jul 13, 2003 07:20 PM

I go out to eat often (at least once a week) with my Dad. We both appreciate good food and dislike bland chain restaurants, but our choices are limited to those places that have some kind of parking and are handicap-accessible -- Dad walks with a cane and cannot handle steep flights of stairs or walk comfortably for more than a hundred feet or so (less is better). Parking garages are difficult, as is on-street parking unless we get lucky and find a spot right in front of the restaurant. Consequently, we've been stuck in something of a rut, mostly ending up in various suburban or outlying locations, the same ones over and over.

I'm having a hard time locating good, interesting restaurants in the Portland-South Portland-Cape Elizabeth-Scarborough-Old Orchard-Saco-Biddeford corridor...at least ones which will accommodate his physical limitations. I hear about all sorts of places in the Old Port that sound great and would be right up his alley, if only I could be sure we could manage the logistics of parking/accessibility. Sadly, most of the great ones seem to have no parking or are located on busy streets (Congress, Exchange,India, Commercial) where on-street parking is limited or impossible.

We've had good luck at Mekhong Thai and Great Lost Bear on Forest Ave., and have learned to avoid Susan's on Fridays (when parking is impossible!) but would really appreciate any recommendations of places downtown that would work for us, parking- and stair-wise. I'm dying to find some accessible places in the Old Port area; he grew up on Munjoy in Portland and misses the waterfront. Can anyone help?

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