It’s all about the sea. In an annual report on the nation’s top
food towns, Portland, Maine, takes the prize thanks to its fresh seafood,
local beers, artisanal bakeries, and the best breakfasts in country.
may be wondering how we made our decision: We ate our way there. My scouting
(aka eating) trips to Portland, Maine resulted in some of the best meals of my
life. And after much deliberation with the Bon Appétit staff, we decided that
Portland was the choice for this year’s honor.
By Andrew Knowlton
Photo provided by Chris Lawrence
Eat and Drink Your Way Through 72 Hours in Portland, Maine
Did someone say summer Fridays? It’s three-day-weekend season, but a short trip is no time to tackle a giant like SF or NYC, where you won’t get your bearings before heading home. Instead, you want a smaller city, where you can hit every great restaurant without getting near a rental car or subway. (And it’s summer, so it’d be nice to see some coastline.) In 2016, that spot is Portland, Maine, which has all the crunchy fried clams and tugboats of a classic New England getaway, along with the dining chops of a larger place. You’ll get the lay of the land in a few hours, then build your own restaurant scavenger hunt from crudo to khao soi, with plenty of lobster rolls and natural wine in between. Everything is within walking distance, which comes in handy after you’ve had some cocktails. Still debating whether to take that day off? Portland has eight excellent reasons why you should.
Photo provided by Cynthia Farr Weinfeld
You Gotta Have Some Lobstah
There’s not much waterfront dining in Portland - its harbor is still a working port. But if you head to the Scales, the latest from the team behind local classic Fore Street, you can enjoy a Maine-style lobster roll while staring out at the Casco Bay from the giant floor-to-ceiling windows. Here, chef Michael Smith does his home state proud with lots of fresh lobster meat, buttery housemade rolls, homemade mayo, and a side of crispy French fries.Read about more Maine restaurants in this article...