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continued: Portlander's are 'Foodies'

The amount of money spent in restaurants per capita ranks third in the country, behind San Francisco and New York. Local foods are featured at century-old outdoor farmers’ markets, a new year-round public market, and at a variety of smaller specialty stores that offer a blend of prepared, imported and local foods.

The microbrew industry is well represented in Greater Portland with nearly 20 breweries, some recognized nationally.


Our restaurant community offers a range and selection that is seen in no other area of its size.
World-class chefs with international backgrounds have settled in Portland to create an Epicurean’s collection of restaurants. While seafood fresh from Maine waters is featured at many restaurants, chefs also look inland for Maine-raised, all natural meat, poultry, and seasonal fruits and vegetables.


is another of Portland’s specialties: early risers can start their day with the fishing crews at one of Portland’s dockside diners, while more leisurely visitors can savor brunch in one of the city’s many fine cafe´s and bistros. Diners in the city enjoy the view of Casco Bay from restaurants that line Portland’s harbor, and can find restaurants tucked away inside beautifully restored historic buildings throughout the downtown area.

Specialty Food

The bounty of Maine’s harvest is represented year-round at the new, award-winning Portland Public Market. This 37,000 square foot fresh food hall features 25 local farmers and food producers with individual shops housed under a massive timberframed roof. Fresh foods grown and produced locally include free-range chicken, all-natural beef, elk and venison, fresh and saltwater fish, smoked seafood, hearth breads, pies, cheese and dairy products, fruits and vegetables, plus wine and beer.

Local Beer

Within the State of Maine, local brewers have multiplied in number in recent years, with several of the best located right in Portland. The popularity of local BrewMasters is best seen at several Old Port pubs, while some have successfully introduced their products to markets on a national level. Check out Maine’s best selection of local brews and select brewery tours at www.gotoportland.com.


Steamed, boiled or baked, served in chowder, salad or straight out of the shell, lobster is sweet and succulent – Maine’s renowned taste sensation. For more information on the famous Maine lobster, visit www.mainelobsterpromo.com.

Traditional Lobster Bake
Traditional Lobster Bake



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