Drifters Wife- hands down my favorite restaurant of all time. (Washington Ave.)
High Rollers- Lobster Rolls (Old Port)
Eventide (go at an off time to avoid a long wait time) for the brown butter lobster rolls. And Oysters! (East End)
The Shop- Island Creek Oysters and raw bar- to skip the wait at Eventide check this place out for oysters and bubbles. (Washington Ave.)
Cong Tu Bot- Pho and fantastic asian creations, cool atmosphere and no tipping required. They pay their employees a living wage! (Washington Ave.)
Little Giant- cozy and delicious. Great happy hour, Wednesday is half price wine night! (West End)
Solo Italiano- Best Italian food I’ve had outside of Italy. (Old Port)
Piccolo- Romantic spot, very small so get a reservation. Sundays they have a special chef tasting menu. It’s fantastic Italian food. (East End/ Old Port)
Chaval- Spanish influences and great wine/ vermouth program. Same owners as Piccolo (West End)
Bao Bao- Dumplings 2-4 half price dumplings week days! (West End)
Pai Men Miyake - Ramen (Downtown/ West End)
Izakaya Minato- Japanese small plates. Try the chef’s choice for $30, you won't be disappointed! (Washington Ave.)
Rose Foods- Nostalgic Jewish deli, with the best bagels in town, lox and coolness. (Forest Ave.)
Honey Paw- Asian inspired, by the folks from Eventide and Hugos.
LB Kitchen- Clean and delicious food! Breakfast and Lunch! (Munjoy Hill)
Mr. Tuna- Hand Rolls, really fresh and creative, good for a quick bite. Check his instagram for food cart locations, brick and mortar location in the Portland Public Market.
Duck Fat- Frite Shack located at Oxbow to skip the crazy lines! (Washington Ave.)
BLVL- Friday night pizza! So good! (Munjoy Hill)
Lolita- Spanish/ Tapas. A neighborhood favorite in the East End. (Munjoy Hill)
Drifters Wife- still my favorite (Washington Ave.)
Hunt and Alpine- awesome bar program. (Old Port)
Maine Craft Distilling- a distillery with a bar and some food, free tastings. (East Bayside/ Washington Ave.)
The Portland Zoo- Not that kinda zoo… Three guys with a pure love for Portland, good beer and hip hop. (East Bayside)
Lincoln’s- Cash only and everything is $5 (get it Lincoln). Hidden bar, you can find it though! Its down an unmarked stairway and the door is next to the mirror at the bottom of the stairs. Pretty good comedy night! (Old Port)
LFK- hipster bar with great drinks. (Downtown/ West End)
Bearded Lady's Jewel Box- hidden gem, kinda moody, dimly lit. (Downtown/ West End)
Blyth and Burrows- Speakeasy in the back! (Old Port)
Mash Tun-lots of beers on tap! (Old Port)
Novare Res Bier Cafe- ALL THE BEER! Seriously their list is crazy! (Old Port)
Oxbow Blending and Bottling- farmhouse style beer, great space, always throwing events. (East Bayside/ Washington Ave.)
Austin Street- (Fox Street Location) fabulous! (East Bayside)
Lone Pine- Good stuff (East Bayside)
Rising Tide- Next to Austin Street (East Bayside)
Allagash- Famous, James Beard nominated brewery. (Industrial Way)
Bissle Brothers- Cult following (Thompson’s Point)
Tandem- best coffee and baked goods! Bakery- in the West End… Little Tandem in East Bayside, This is where they roast!
BLVL- Serves Tandem coffee, and beautiful “Meticulously Flaky” french pastry. Pizza and sandos too! (Munjoy Hill)
Maine and Loire- Best wine shop! Lots of natural wine! (Washington Ave)
The Cheese Shop- SO Good! Just go there you will be so glad you did! ( Washington Ave.)
Rosemont Market- Great selection of wine, beer, prepared foods, cheese, meat, fresh baked breads. A local treasure. All over town find the location nearest you!
A&C grocery- Home of the “Real Italian Sub”, Meats and cheese, wine, produce, Night Moves Bread, and laughs with Joe the owner! (Washington Ave)
Cliff House Beach- Cape Elizabeth, secret beach hardly anyone knows about (shhhh don’t tell) gps will bring you to the entrance at the end of a dead end road. They is a long set of steps down the cliff, its rocky and small so try and look up the tides and go when its low for maximum beach time, before it turns into a rocky narrow strip of shore at high tide.
Kettle Cove- Another lesser frequented beach. There are fun little paths with wild berries. The path leads you to a rocky cliff to look out over the water.
Crescent Beach- Cape Elizabeth, close to Kettle Cove.
Ferry beach- Big and beautiful! A bit of a drive.
Peeks Island- After you take the ferry to the island, walk up the hill and take a right on the main street, walk till you can’t go any further, turn left, take your first right, walk down the little hill and follow the street around the bend, find the beach entrance on your left, walk down the ramp. It’s pretty special! Rent bikes or golf carts to explore the island.
Bug Light- South Portland with a great view of Portland.
Two Lights- Cape Elizabeth
Fort Williams- A beautiful Park and epic lighthouse. Lobster roll truck Bite into Maine is parked there seasonally. Cape Elizabeth
The Spa at the Francis. Find a 10% off coupon in the stack of cards! Beautiful intimate spa in The Francis Hotel. I (Alex) manage the hotel, come say hi (West End)
Nine Stones- A bit larger with manicures/ Pedicures available.
Hair/ Makeup/ Nails - The Nomadic Goat (West Bayside)
Judith- Beautifully curated clothes and objects. It’s the best for women’s clothing in town. (Old Port)
Portland Dry Goods- For the outdoors person. (Old Port)
Portland Trading Co- Beautiful objects and clothes. (Old Port)
Little- Kids clothes and toys, Kinda pricey but very cool. (Old Port)
Little Starry Eyes- Second hand and local children’s stuff. (Washington Ave.)
MULXIPY- Jewelry, Gifts. (Washington Ave.)
Moody Lords- Vintage (Downtown)
Flea For All- Vintage and antiques. (Downtown)
North Point Optical- Glasses and shades. (Washington Ave.)
Sale Portland Maine- 6 person sail boat, charter it for a group or join one and make some new friends! They offer a sunset trip with Rose and oysters!
Charter a water taxi
Take the Mail Boat- It goes to all the islands close by, bring a bottle of wine or some beers and a picnic!
Ferry- Peeks Island is closest, but check out the map on their website and pick the island that appeals to you! You can BYOB on all the ferries.
Farmers Market- Deering Oaks Park on Saturdays 9-1, it’s really amazing all summer but especially in late summer when Maine is incredibly bountiful! Deering Oaks is a great park designed buy the Olmsted Brothers (Same as Central Park in Manhattan). Plus there is a splash pad for kids!
Wolfs Neck Farm- Check out this really cool farm and hike on the trails.
Mackworth Island- Falmouth, You can drive right out to this little island. It’s about three miles around and has lots of secret little beaches along the path. Also a fairy village!
Bradbury Mountain- Small glacial mountain in Pownal, quick short hike to the summit.
Hedgehog Mountain- Freeport, a short easy hike.
Eastern Prom- A beautiful park with views of the Casco Bay, it’s islands and, plenty of glassy space for picnics.
Western Prom- Views of the Back Cove, ideal for sunset viewing!
Eastern Trail- mostly paved, great for biking and walking around Portland.