Last week I took a quick trip to Portland, Maine with my friend to check out some restaurants, and we had an awesome time!
We drove up from Boston around 2pm and arrived in Portland in just about two hours — I was surprised how quick the trip was! We checked into the incredibly lovely, Pomegranate Inn. It’s a wonderful, eclectic inn with eight rooms tucked in a cute little neighborhood in Portland. I loved that our room had a fireplace too — it was perfect for such a cold weekend.
After checking in and unloading our luggage, we were off to dinner at Woodford F&B. We had a lovely meal — deviled eggs, fried Brussels sprouts, and oysters Rockefeller for appetizers, followed by steak and a burger for dinner. It was perfect (I did a whole blog post on it — check that out here).
After dinner, we headed to The Old Port district of Portland for some cocktails at Blyth & Burrows. I knew this spot was going to be great because everyone who I’d talked to at the Inn and at dinner said it was an excellent spot, and I had so many people sending messages about it to me on Instagram. My friend and I loved our cocktails — the Sugar Plum Fairy and the 8 Crazy Nights. It was a wonderful way to end the evening.
The next morning, we started off with a lovely breakfast at the Pomegranate.
After relaxing for a bit, we drove to The Honey Paw, an awesome Asian fusion restaurant, for lunch. We started with some Lobster Toast and a salad, then enjoyed their Hokkaido Ramen and their Fried Chicken Sandwich, which was made with napa kimchi, iceberg, kimchi mayo, and American cheese. I loved it!
And we couldn’t leave without trying their soft serve!
Then, we explored and did some shopping in the Old Port District while we worked up an appetite for some oysters at The Shop, a super cool spot in Portland serving oysters, tinned fish, caviar, beer, and wine (the necessities!).
For dinner, we headed to Union Restaurant, a great spot inside the Press Hotel. It was so beautifully and elegantly decorated for the holidays!
My friend and I started out our dinner with some cocktails, a cheese plate, and some Brussels Sprouts.
For our main courses, we went with the scallops and roast pork tenderloin.
And for dessert, their carrot and cashew financier cake, which I absolutely loved, and a fun platter of cookies and candies (you can’t go wrong with that!).
After dinner we headed back to Boston, and I was so sad to leave — throughout the trip I had heard about so many excellent restaurants that I added to my list. I’m so excited to come back soon to check them out. If you have any other suggestions for Portland, please let me know!
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