The Current 3 Best Places To Eat Around Portland Maine

The Current 3 Best Places To Eat Around Portland Maine

Kirsten Milliken

The Marc Gup Group

Keller Williams Realty


Before I give you a few of my favorite places to eat around Portland, you should know what you are in for….

Legend has it that Portland Maine has one of the highest number of restaurants per capita of cities in the US.  With 67,000 residents, that is a lot of restaurants to choose from! These are not chain restaurants.  Our restaurants are run by James Beard finalists and winners.  They are owned by locals who love all the foods that New Englanders crave- from regional to international. We have tiny holes in the wall with only a few tables, take out only, and large lavish dining halls.

One of the best resources for keeping up with all the new and changing cuisine in Portland is the Portland Food Map .  Another resource that I often fall back on is Yelp .  Yelp is a great place to find reviews and search for restaurants by price, kid-friendliness, or type of cuisine.

My absolute favorite restaurants in the Portland area (right now) are:


  1. Vinland 593 Congress St. Portland.  Owner and head Chef, David Levi, was a James Beard finalist.  VInland boasts that it was the first restaurant in the US to serve 100% local, organic food. Their menu is also gluten-free and paleo-friendly. My mother recently went to dinner with me and proclaimed that this was the best meal she had ever had in her entire life! One Yelper recently left this comment,  “Easily 5-stars if this is the type of experience you’re looking for. The food is excellent; thoughtful, balanced, and beautiful without being pretentious or complicated.
  1. Taco Trio119 Ocean St. South Portland- This is the neighborhood hole in the wall that always has a line of people going out the door.  Thankfully, they are quick at taking orders and making food- so the wait is not long.  This is authentic food by the nicest family.  I love the Carne Asada tacos.  But honestly, everything is tasty here! Another Yelper said it well, “Awesome authentic Mexican food. Don’t go for the no frills atmosphere, go for the food.”
  1. Noble BBQ – 1706 Forest Ave. Portland- owned by brothers Richard and Ryan, who also have Fire and Ice catering. Noble has daily specials like pulled pork tacos with jalapeno pineapple salsa and slaw. Their regular menu is populated with mouthwatering pastrami, brisket, and a rotating fried chicken special.  I admit that I eat here about once a week.  Love it!


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