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Short trip to Portland, ME

digga | Mar 28, 2011 06:52 PM

We arrived in Portland early Saturday afternoon, famished. We wanted lunch somewhere within easy walking distance to where we were (otherwise, we would have gone to El Rayo), so we checked out the Grill Room since we have enjoyed the Front Room previously. Grilled skate fish sandwich was a special - big flavors, with spicy aioli and perfectly cooked fish. The bottom focaccia slice got too soggy, though. I'm not a big fan of focaccia as sandwich bread since it's just too much bread. But the sandwich was tasty, nonetheless, and I polished most of it off. The fries were fantastic. Hand-cut and neither too thin nor thick. B kept stealing them off my plate. He had the Cobb salad with grilled tenderloin subbed in for the grilled chicken. which he declared was delicious. Good service at the bar.

Dinner before a show at the State Theater was at Enzo. I wanted the crust to be more blistery, but my mushroom and cauliflower and margherita slices went down easy with a couple of glasses of red wine.

Breakfast Sunday morning at the Pepperclub. My tofu scramble with mushroom, spinach, and tomato and a house-made English muffin was as good as I remember from a few years ago. B stayed simple with an egg sandwich on a spelt bagel. We shared the wholesome-y veggie hash (with a few dashes of hot sauce to brighten up the flavors).

Made a stop at Standard Bakery before leaving town for a marinated olive bread and maple walnut cookies for B. The bread tonight was delicious with some veggie soup.

Lunch was in Saco, at the Run of the Mill Pub which I had read about in the "eat maine" guide. This place was right up our alley. The house-made veggie burger was tasty, but tough to eat without it falling apart, since there is nothing binding it together. But I would order it again. Just have to eat it with a knife and fork. Wonderfully griddled bun. The garlic mashed potatoes were wonderful, too. B's grilled salmon on flatbread was terrific. Cooked to a perfect medium, with some charred edges. Great hand-cut fries. Nice atmosphere, a big list of their own hand-crafted beers, plus we got to watch VCU beat Kentucky. We'll definitely make this place a regular stop during trips to and from Maine.

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Grill Room
84 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101

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