Portland, Maine

To kick off the summer we are going to bring you to some of the best eats around the USA with our summer restaurant guide!

To start - here are 5 of our favorite restaurants in Portland, Maine, a Pack Up + Go destination city in Southern Maine known as, The Forest City. It is a historic seacoast town with a funky vibe, working waterfront, loads of galleries, hundreds of one-of-a-kind shops, and award-winning restaurants serving everything from classic lobster rolls to exotic nouvelle cuisine. If you visit, we suggest you explore the Arts District, Historic Old Port, the amazing restaurants mentioned below, parks and distinctive neighborhoods set on a peninsula extending into Casco Bay.

Image: Courtesy of  Old Port Magazine

Image: Courtesy of Old Port Magazine

Highroller Lobster Co ($$)

Highroller Lobster Co. started out as a food cart before getting its own brick + mortar shop but don’t let its humble beginnings fool you because this casual restaurant serves some of the best lobster in town. The menu features traditional favorites like lobster rolls but also lots of new combinations for any lobster-lover to try like their lobster mac + cheese!

Image: Courtesy of  The Holy Donut

Image: Courtesy of The Holy Donut


The Holy Donut ($)

The Holy Donut makes the best donuts in Portland! These sweet treats are made from Maine potatoes and locally sourced ingredients without using an artificial dyes or flavors! The Holy Donut has tons of unique flavors to choose from including dark chocolate sea salt and pomegranate glaze. They even make vegan and gluten-free flavors! Try to get there early for the best selection because they do sell out!

Image: Courtesy of  Yankee Magazine

Image: Courtesy of Yankee Magazine

DuckFat ($$)

DuckFat is a Portland favorite known for their famous duck fat fries. The fries are so popular, they have opened DuckFat FriteShack to make getting some of their fries even easier! The Duck Fat Fries are made out of hand-cut Maine potatoes fried Belgian style in duck fat. Every serving of fries comes with your choice of  homemade dipping sauce. Not in the mood for fries but still want the authentic DuckFat Experience? Try the donuts! They are fried in duck fat and come with a caramel sauce for dipping! Also featured on their menu are soups, sandwiches, and their homemade sodas!

Image: Courtesy of  The Honey Paw

Image: Courtesy of The Honey Paw

The Honey Paw ($$)

The Honey Paw is an Asian Inspired Restaurant located in Portland’s Old Port. Their menu is known its combination of flavors resulting in a dining experience that is totally unlike anything you have had before. This restaurant might not be the place to go if you are a picky eater but if you love trying out new foods, The Honey Paw might just be the place for you!

Artemisia Cafe  ($$)

Image: Courtesy of  Maine Today

Image: Courtesy of Maine Today

If you are looking for great brunch in Portland, check out Artemisia Cafe! Tucked away in the Arts District, this cozy brunch-spot serves all of your favorites including Omelettes and french toast. Artemisia is a popular brunch spot for locals and tourists alike so it is best to arrive early if you want to avoid the wait!


Have you visited Portland, ME before? What were your favorite spots to hit?

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