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Beth's Guidebook

Beth

Beth's Guidebook

Beaches and walking trails
I love the outdoors and finding outstandingly lovely places to explore and enjoy fresh breezes, and hiking with my dog. Here are some of my favorites.......
From this beach you can see over to Pine Point beach. Also good for kayaking and paddle boarding with access to the Scarborough marsh. Peaceful place. This is my absolute favorite dog friendly beach. Mainly locals so usually not crowded. April 1st -August 31st plovers are nesting so the dog area is to the right side of beach. Before 9am dogs are allowed off leash with voice control. After 5 pm dogs are allowed with leash. This is a beautiful place to watch the sunset or sunrise. Also free to park during doggie allowed hours above. September through April is wide open and still incredible views
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Ferry Beach Scarbrough Me
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From this beach you can see over to Pine Point beach. Also good for kayaking and paddle boarding with access to the Scarborough marsh. Peaceful place. This is my absolute favorite dog friendly beach. Mainly locals so usually not crowded. April 1st -August 31st plovers are nesting so the dog area is to the right side of beach. Before 9am dogs are allowed off leash with voice control. After 5 pm dogs are allowed with leash. This is a beautiful place to watch the sunset or sunrise. Also free to park during doggie allowed hours above. September through April is wide open and still incredible views
Beautiful sandy beach for walking, swimming, sunbathing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Plenty of parking with restroom and snack bar. Walking trails. Paddle board and kayak rentals.
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Crescent Beach State Park
66 Bowery Beach Road
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Beautiful sandy beach for walking, swimming, sunbathing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Plenty of parking with restroom and snack bar. Walking trails. Paddle board and kayak rentals.
Gorgeous small local beach. Dog friendly. Has restrooms. Looks out over Casco bay. Good views of Fort Gorgeous.
Willard Beach Parking
46 Willow St
Gorgeous small local beach. Dog friendly. Has restrooms. Looks out over Casco bay. Good views of Fort Gorgeous.
Another favorite beach for walking, swimming, para sailing, kayaking and paddle boards. Has access to a sand bar at low tide. Can walk to Old Orchard Beach and beyond. Connects to 7 miles of beach. Pet friendly.
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Pine Point Beach
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Another favorite beach for walking, swimming, para sailing, kayaking and paddle boards. Has access to a sand bar at low tide. Can walk to Old Orchard Beach and beyond. Connects to 7 miles of beach. Pet friendly.
Fun atmosphere with the beautiful beach, pier with restaurants and clubs. Also has an amusement park with rides and an arcade. Every Thursday evening all summer long has fire works.
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Old Orchard Beach Pier
2 Old Orchard Street
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Fun atmosphere with the beautiful beach, pier with restaurants and clubs. Also has an amusement park with rides and an arcade. Every Thursday evening all summer long has fire works.
This is a wonderful trail for biking and walking. This trail goes all the way to kennebunk. It goes through the Scarborough marsh where you can bird watch. We bike ride this trail to pine point road then to pine point beach.
Eastern Trail Scarborough
This is a wonderful trail for biking and walking. This trail goes all the way to kennebunk. It goes through the Scarborough marsh where you can bird watch. We bike ride this trail to pine point road then to pine point beach.
Small local beach with fun surf for surf boarders.
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Higgins Beach
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Small local beach with fun surf for surf boarders.
Body surfing or surf boards. Fun to walk and swim here
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Scarborough Beach State Park
418 Black Point Road
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Body surfing or surf boards. Fun to walk and swim here
A beautiful walking path around this small island. A fun easy way to enjoy an afternoon.
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Mackworth Island
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A beautiful walking path around this small island. A fun easy way to enjoy an afternoon.
I recommend hiking in on the the Portland trails Fore river sanctuary Stroudwater section off Congress street. Trail goes through the marsh then beautiful wooded areas to the falls.
Jewell Falls
37 Hillcrest Avenue
I recommend hiking in on the the Portland trails Fore river sanctuary Stroudwater section off Congress street. Trail goes through the marsh then beautiful wooded areas to the falls.
Small park with a little beach and walking trails. Connects to Crescent beach. For a nice 3 mile loop will walk from here across Crescent beach to the headland which has a tiny red sand beach then follow the path through the field and then woods to the parking lot entrance. Bear right and walk the paved driveway to the parking lot back to beach and back to Kettle Cove.
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Kettle Cove
Kettle Cove Road
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Small park with a little beach and walking trails. Connects to Crescent beach. For a nice 3 mile loop will walk from here across Crescent beach to the headland which has a tiny red sand beach then follow the path through the field and then woods to the parking lot entrance. Bear right and walk the paved driveway to the parking lot back to beach and back to Kettle Cove.
It's easy to get to this trailhead from our house at Highland Ave soccer fields then follow the paved greenbelt trail all the way to Bug Light park.
South Portland Greenbelt Pathway
It's easy to get to this trailhead from our house at Highland Ave soccer fields then follow the paved greenbelt trail all the way to Bug Light park.
Lot's of trails and a couple of ponds. Dog friendly!
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Hinckley Park
288 Highland Avenue
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Lot's of trails and a couple of ponds. Dog friendly!
Combine a beach walk with a cliff walk. Gorgeous views at all times of the year.
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Prouts Neck
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Combine a beach walk with a cliff walk. Gorgeous views at all times of the year.
PORTLAND TRAILS
1601 Congress St
3.25 miles around back cove. Jog, run, bike, walk or dog walk your way around. Beautiful views the entire way. The perfect 5k if you are practicing.
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Back Cove Park
57 Back Cove Trail
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3.25 miles around back cove. Jog, run, bike, walk or dog walk your way around. Beautiful views the entire way. The perfect 5k if you are practicing.
Disc golf and golf!
This is a course with 18 rounds just like golf only you are throwing a disc into a cage each round. Give it a try.
This is a super fun place to play disc golf. Dogs are allowed to tag along with you. Please read up on their dog expectations to be respectful. Bring along your favorite beverages snacks, grab a disc and enjoy.
Pleasant Hill Disc Golf and Pro Shop
38 Chamberlain Road
This is a super fun place to play disc golf. Dogs are allowed to tag along with you. Please read up on their dog expectations to be respectful. Bring along your favorite beverages snacks, grab a disc and enjoy.
Golf anyone?
Nonesuch River Golf Club
Golf anyone?
Lighthouses
Home of Portland Headlight, the most photographed lighthouse in the world. Many walking trails, and old forts to go through with a small beach area and photo ops aplenty as this is on a rocky coastline with Portland Headlight as the main attraction. This park offers sledding in the winter time, concerts and a childrens garden. Open sunrise to sunset.
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Fort Williams Park
1000 Shore Road
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Home of Portland Headlight, the most photographed lighthouse in the world. Many walking trails, and old forts to go through with a small beach area and photo ops aplenty as this is on a rocky coastline with Portland Headlight as the main attraction. This park offers sledding in the winter time, concerts and a childrens garden. Open sunrise to sunset.
Beautiful local park overlooking the Portland skyline and Fort Gorgeous. Known for the Kite festival Green belt trail goes here so can easily bike to here from my house.
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Bug Light Park
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Beautiful local park overlooking the Portland skyline and Fort Gorgeous. Known for the Kite festival Green belt trail goes here so can easily bike to here from my house.
Looks out over Casco Bay. Fun walk over rocks to the light house. Close to Willard beach and bug light.
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Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse
Fort Road
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Looks out over Casco Bay. Fun walk over rocks to the light house. Close to Willard beach and bug light.
Sightseeing and activities
20 minute ferry ride on Casco bay lines from Portland's waterfront. Bring a bike or your dog and walk or bike around the island. Island vibe is very relaxing. There are golf cart rentals as well. A few small restaurants and an ice cream store.
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Peaks Island
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20 minute ferry ride on Casco bay lines from Portland's waterfront. Bring a bike or your dog and walk or bike around the island. Island vibe is very relaxing. There are golf cart rentals as well. A few small restaurants and an ice cream store.
Great place to to take your loved ones for a picnic and a walk around on the many trails. Rocky coastline.
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Two Lights State Park
7 Tower Drive
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Great place to to take your loved ones for a picnic and a walk around on the many trails. Rocky coastline.
Cool historic place with amazing views from the top. Climb up stone curved steps to each floor on the way to the top.
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Portland Observatory
138 Congress Street
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Cool historic place with amazing views from the top. Climb up stone curved steps to each floor on the way to the top.
Kayaking in the Scarborough Marsh while identifying all the wildlife with an abundance of birds. Bug spray is a must in the summer months as they are abundant also.
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Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center
92 Pine Point Road
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Kayaking in the Scarborough Marsh while identifying all the wildlife with an abundance of birds. Bug spray is a must in the summer months as they are abundant also.
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Casco Bay Lines
56 Commercial Street
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Victoria Mansion
109 Danforth Street
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Portland Museum of Art
7 Congress Square
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Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad
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Portland Discovery Land and Sea Tours
170 Commercial St
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The Maine Brew Bus
79 Commercial Street
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Rooftop bar with windows overlooking this beautiful city! Check it out.
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Top of the East
157 High Street
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Rooftop bar with windows overlooking this beautiful city! Check it out.
Portland Seadogs are our baseball team. So fun in such an intimate place in Portland. Must see a game.
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Portland Sea Dogs
271 Park Avenue
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Portland Seadogs are our baseball team. So fun in such an intimate place in Portland. Must see a game.
Amusement parks and more activities
Fun for kids and young adults. Bargain pricing after 3pm
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Funtown Splashtown USA
774 Portland Road
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Fun for kids and young adults. Bargain pricing after 3pm
Rides, arcade and food right on the beach!
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Palace Playland
1 Old Orchard Street
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Rides, arcade and food right on the beach!
Climbing anyone? Or zip lining. Here’s a brief description.........Spend an exhilarating and action packed day at Monkey Trunks Saco. Enjoy our unique Zipline Tour in the woods surrounding the Cascade Falls. Trek through the trees by taking on our two self-navigated outdoors experiences. Our experienced instructors will be there throughout your trip ensuring your day is truly unforgettable! Our Saco park is minutes away from two of the largest coastal Maine destinations- Portland and Old Orchard Beach. After your visit with us, spend time on the sandy beach in OOB or head to the Old Port in Portland to enjoy some incredible food and drinks!
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Monkey Trunks Saco
98 Waterfall Dr
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Climbing anyone? Or zip lining. Here’s a brief description.........Spend an exhilarating and action packed day at Monkey Trunks Saco. Enjoy our unique Zipline Tour in the woods surrounding the Cascade Falls. Trek through the trees by taking on our two self-navigated outdoors experiences. Our experienced instructors will be there throughout your trip ensuring your day is truly unforgettable! Our Saco park is minutes away from two of the largest coastal Maine destinations- Portland and Old Orchard Beach. After your visit with us, spend time on the sandy beach in OOB or head to the Old Port in Portland to enjoy some incredible food and drinks!
Water park
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Aquaboggan Water Park
980 Portland Road
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Water park
Maine Indoor Karting
23 Washington Ave
Salt Pump Climbing Company
36 Haigis Pkwy
Get Air Trampoline Park
921 Riverside Street
Stock car racing anyone? Here you go. Right in Scarborough and including fireworks.
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway
70 Holmes Road
Stock car racing anyone? Here you go. Right in Scarborough and including fireworks.
Earth Friendly
This is where we go for our shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand soap, and dish washing liquid. What a wonderful way to cut down on plastic bottles. Cheers to the owner!
GoGo Refill
64 E Street
This is where we go for our shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand soap, and dish washing liquid. What a wonderful way to cut down on plastic bottles. Cheers to the owner!
This is walkable from our house...... We're committed to "Growing Naked"! Since 2010 we have been growing our flowering plants and veggies using no synthetic pesticides. Here at Highland Farm we have a large selection of veggies, plants and other items for you to enjoy. We've served the Scarborough community and surrounding area with natural solutions and organic fertilizers since 1949. At our garden center, you'll find beautiful annuals, perennials and shrubs. From June to October, stop in and grab fresh fruits and vegetables grown right here and at other great local farms. After one visit to our location, you'll have all the items you need to cook something delightful in the kitchen - and to create a beautiful environment in your backyard.
Highland Farm
109 Highland Ave
This is walkable from our house...... We're committed to "Growing Naked"! Since 2010 we have been growing our flowering plants and veggies using no synthetic pesticides. Here at Highland Farm we have a large selection of veggies, plants and other items for you to enjoy. We've served the Scarborough community and surrounding area with natural solutions and organic fertilizers since 1949. At our garden center, you'll find beautiful annuals, perennials and shrubs. From June to October, stop in and grab fresh fruits and vegetables grown right here and at other great local farms. After one visit to our location, you'll have all the items you need to cook something delightful in the kitchen - and to create a beautiful environment in your backyard.
My favorite Restaurants
Noodles made from scratch with plenty of love. Stop by for lunch or dinner for delicious and affordable Thai noodle dishes and soups.
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Mi Sen
630 Congress Street
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Noodles made from scratch with plenty of love. Stop by for lunch or dinner for delicious and affordable Thai noodle dishes and soups.
Farm fresh milk in real old fashioned glass bottles, and delicious farm made ice cream. Offers goat interaction and goat yoga. Cross country skiing trails in the winter months.
Smiling Hill Farm
781 County Road
Farm fresh milk in real old fashioned glass bottles, and delicious farm made ice cream. Offers goat interaction and goat yoga. Cross country skiing trails in the winter months.
A local lobsterman in our neighborhood. Selling lobsters to go and steamed at no additional fee.
E.A.T. LOBSTER
162 Black Point Rd
A local lobsterman in our neighborhood. Selling lobsters to go and steamed at no additional fee.
Try their Cubano sandwich! Oh my! A great selection of cheese, wine and specialty foods.
The Cheese Iron
200 U.S. 1
Try their Cubano sandwich! Oh my! A great selection of cheese, wine and specialty foods.
You can find their bread at Hannaford Supermarket also, however if you get a chance and are going to Freeport, stop in the store and prepare to be amazed. Love their bread! "At When Pigs Fly, we bake old-world, artisan breads fresh, every day, using the finest organic, natural ingredients. Handcrafted, artisan specialty breads are made exclusively for our company stores & farmers markets. They are made in very small batches using the finest ingredients & will change with the seasons."
When Pigs Fly
21 Main St
You can find their bread at Hannaford Supermarket also, however if you get a chance and are going to Freeport, stop in the store and prepare to be amazed. Love their bread! "At When Pigs Fly, we bake old-world, artisan breads fresh, every day, using the finest organic, natural ingredients. Handcrafted, artisan specialty breads are made exclusively for our company stores & farmers markets. They are made in very small batches using the finest ingredients & will change with the seasons."
Maine potato donuts made by hand from scratch.
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The Holy Donut
398 U.S. 1
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Maine potato donuts made by hand from scratch.
Life size chocolate moose anyone? Yes, right here in this candy store.
Len Libby Candies
419 US-1
Life size chocolate moose anyone? Yes, right here in this candy store.
Great local selection of coffee in a friendly atmosphere.
Scarborough Grounds
264 U.S. 1
Great local selection of coffee in a friendly atmosphere.
A 100% COMMUNITY-OWNED MARKET OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FEATURING OVER 200 LOCAL FARMERS & PRODUCERS
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Portland Food Co-op
290 Congress St
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A 100% COMMUNITY-OWNED MARKET OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FEATURING OVER 200 LOCAL FARMERS & PRODUCERS
Laid-back, classic joint offering seafood-centric pub grub, craft beers & acoustic music nightly.
Andy's Old Port Pub
94 Commercial Street
Laid-back, classic joint offering seafood-centric pub grub, craft beers & acoustic music nightly.
A local place on the waterfront in Portland. Fresh seafood, oh my.
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Js Oyster
5 Portland Pier
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A local place on the waterfront in Portland. Fresh seafood, oh my.
A gazebo at Jordans Farm where a Chef will cook up local farm harvest in season for you. Just amazing.
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The Well at Jordan's Farm
21 Wells Road
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A gazebo at Jordans Farm where a Chef will cook up local farm harvest in season for you. Just amazing.
Well,,,,,,, Lemon merengue pie. Actually plan dinner around the pies in this place. However have brought home pie as the food is delish also. Have fire pits outside so can eat outside with your furry friend and enjoy dinner with the family while warm.
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Linda Bean’s
88 Main Street
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Well,,,,,,, Lemon merengue pie. Actually plan dinner around the pies in this place. However have brought home pie as the food is delish also. Have fire pits outside so can eat outside with your furry friend and enjoy dinner with the family while warm.
On a bluff overlooking the ocean with great seafood, picnic tables, sunshine and fresh ocean breezes. What an experience.
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The Lobster Shack at Two Lights
225 Two Lights Road
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On a bluff overlooking the ocean with great seafood, picnic tables, sunshine and fresh ocean breezes. What an experience.
A floating restaurant on the waterfront in Portland featuring fresh seafood and Italian cuisine. Free parking.
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DiMillo's On The Water
25 Long Wharf
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A floating restaurant on the waterfront in Portland featuring fresh seafood and Italian cuisine. Free parking.
The Maine Oysters are so delicious. Try an oyster shot.
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Eventide Oyster Co.
86 Middle Street
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The Maine Oysters are so delicious. Try an oyster shot.
Diverse, unique and wonderful Vegetarian cuisine.
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Green Elephant
608 Congress Street
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Diverse, unique and wonderful Vegetarian cuisine.
Seafood on the waterfront in Portland!
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Gilberts Chowder House
92 Commercial Street
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Seafood on the waterfront in Portland!
Great food! Outside seating with live music.
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The Porthole Restaurant & Pub
20 Custom House Wharf
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Great food! Outside seating with live music.
Sushi! And the service is above average every single time!
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Benkay Japanese Restaurant And Sushi Bar
2 India Street
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Sushi! And the service is above average every single time!
Cozy place with a nice Ramen soups. Nice atmosphere.
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Pai Men Miyake
188 State Street -200
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Cozy place with a nice Ramen soups. Nice atmosphere.
Locally sourced Chinese dishes & dim sum in a unique space topped by an upstairs music & event hall.
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Empire Chinese Kitchen
575 Congress Street
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Locally sourced Chinese dishes & dim sum in a unique space topped by an upstairs music & event hall.
Mexican plates turned out in a relaxed, airy space with a full bar, string lights & sidewalk seats.
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Restaurante El Corazon
190 State St
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Mexican plates turned out in a relaxed, airy space with a full bar, string lights & sidewalk seats.
Folksy bar/eatery providing sizable Mexican dishes, margaritas by the pitcher & live entertainment.
Guerrero Maya
449 Westbrook St
Folksy bar/eatery providing sizable Mexican dishes, margaritas by the pitcher & live entertainment.
Casual Mexican restaurant with classic eats, including vegetarian & vegan items, plus margaritas.
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Taco Trio
119 Ocean Street
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Casual Mexican restaurant with classic eats, including vegetarian & vegan items, plus margaritas.
This is one of my favorite Thai food places and I love Thai food. Something about the care put into the dishes. Yummmmm.
Thai 9
400 Expedition Dr
This is one of my favorite Thai food places and I love Thai food. Something about the care put into the dishes. Yummmmm.
Fresh catch on the wharf on the Portland waterfront.
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Harbor Fish Market
9 Custom House Wharf
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Fresh catch on the wharf on the Portland waterfront.
Lobster rolls anyone?
Bite into Maine
185 US-1
Lobster rolls anyone?
Lobster roll food truck located at Portland Headlight in Fort Williams Park. So good!
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Bite into Maine
1000 Shore Road
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Lobster roll food truck located at Portland Headlight in Fort Williams Park. So good!
Breakfast all day! And a local diner on the waterfront.
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Becky's Diner
390 Commercial St
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Breakfast all day! And a local diner on the waterfront.
Summertime favorite! Great food on the pier with fresh brew. Win, Win.
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The Bait Shed
84 Jones Creek Dr
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Summertime favorite! Great food on the pier with fresh brew. Win, Win.
This place has awesome sandwiches such as falafel which is tender and delightful with cucumbers and special spicy sauce. That's difficult to make right, right? Margarita pannini, yum. And delicious coffees. You cannot go wrong ordering anything here.
St. Joe's Cafe
220 Gorham Road
This place has awesome sandwiches such as falafel which is tender and delightful with cucumbers and special spicy sauce. That's difficult to make right, right? Margarita pannini, yum. And delicious coffees. You cannot go wrong ordering anything here.
Fun and hip place! Lobby pops are smashingly yum.
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The Highroller Lobster Co
104 Exchange St
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Fun and hip place! Lobby pops are smashingly yum.
Pho is awesome. And they even have vegetarian broth for the veggie pho!
Pho Hong, Vietnamese
285 U.S. 1
Pho is awesome. And they even have vegetarian broth for the veggie pho!
Whaaaaaaa My favorite combo - Food mixed with knowledge and local lure about..................... you guessed it. Food.
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Maine Foodie Tours
227 Commercial St
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Whaaaaaaa My favorite combo - Food mixed with knowledge and local lure about..................... you guessed it. Food.