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Old 09-12-2013, 10:54 AM
 
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We are visiting from Arizona for 3 days later this month and want to experience seafood eating at its best. We subscribe to Down East magazine and it appears from all the issues we've read that there are a gazillion great restaurants in Portland. We aren't looking for something that will break the bank, but are wondering if any of the locals can recommend casual seafood dining. We just watched an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and it featured a place called The Porthole. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 09-12-2013, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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If I were back in Portland.....I would definitely give Susan's Fish and chips a try. All the reviews rave about it. It is a fry shack diner type place from what I can tell......and the portions, freshness, no nonsense menu looks fantastic. Susan's Fish-n-Chips - Welcome This is not a fine dining establishment and it isn't right down town on the waterfront.....but I would definitely give it a try.....probably for a fisherman's platter type sampler of fried seafood. The reviews also rave about the cole slaw and fries.

I hope that you go and write your reaction.....It sounds wonderful to me. (Actually sounds like a Diners and Dives type place. )
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Old 09-13-2013, 07:42 AM
 
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If you aren't looking for something that will break the bank.......you just excluded a lot of Portland restaurants.
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Old 09-13-2013, 07:57 AM
 
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If you aren't looking for something that will break the bank.......you just excluded a lot of Portland restaurants.
Agreed about the down town restaurants serving sea food.......but the one I gave the link to......has very reasonable prices ...... go to the link. It looks wonderful. It got a good review by the food critic in the Portland paper too.

All up and down the coast.....prices are high....especially during tourist seasons.
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Old 09-13-2013, 08:52 AM
 
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Agreed about the down town restaurants serving sea food.......but the one I gave the link to......has very reasonable prices ...... go to the link. It looks wonderful. It got a good review by the food critic in the Portland paper too.

All up and down the coast.....prices are high....especially during tourist seasons.
The seafood "shacks" are usually the best places to go to get a clam or shrimp basket. They have lower prices, and tipping is not expected, since it is just a take-out place.

If you want an "authentic" feel, similar to what we natives would get, those types of places are it.

If you want lobster, however, you'll be stuck going to a sit-down place. As I'm not too fond of the bugs, I can't really recommend anywhere to eat them. But seeing that the method of preparation is the same no matter where you go (you take your live lobster and boil it), I can't imagine it tasting any differently from place to place.
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Old 09-13-2013, 09:42 AM
 
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The Hannaford supermarkets will cook the lobster for you free of charge (for the cooking). Then pack it in a bag and away you go. Lobster in sit-down restaurants is expensive......I would rather eat it at home or at a picnic table in a park.
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Old 09-13-2013, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Maine
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The Porthole episode was probably a re-run from two years ago. Since then it was closed down because of rat infestation. It has since been reconstructed and reopened. We ate there before it closed (and after watching triple D) and were very disappointed. As a tourist, we enjoyed Becky's Diner (be prepared to wait) and Bintliff's for breakfast/lunch. We have eaten at Fore and Grace for dinner (both of which were excellent, but expensive). Gritty McDuffs was a pretty good lunch place. I've heard, but not tried, that the Lobster Shack in Cape Elizabeth is pretty good.
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Old 09-14-2013, 02:52 PM
 
Location: South Portland, Maine
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We are visiting from Arizona for 3 days later this month and want to experience seafood eating at its best. We subscribe to Down East magazine and it appears from all the issues we've read that there are a gazillion great restaurants in Portland. We aren't looking for something that will break the bank, but are wondering if any of the locals can recommend casual seafood dining. We just watched an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and it featured a place called The Porthole. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
What kind of seafood do you want?

Lobster is the easiest thing to make and hard to screw up for any restaurant but if your looking for something special let me know and I can point you in the right direction
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Old 09-14-2013, 06:11 PM
 
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Thank you all for the recommendations. We will explore all of them. FLYCESSNA: clam baskets, shrimp baskets, perhaps something like Miller's Lobster in Spruce Head. We've spent more time around Camden area in our 24 straight years of vacationing in Maine from Arizona, but not once in Portland, thus our unfamiliarity. We were hoping to eat somewhere on the waterfront, but "IHEARTMAINE" response likely makes anything less than breaking-the-bank hard, if not impossible, to find. Oh, well. We only get to Maine once a year...
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Old 09-15-2013, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Sillys, been there twice in the past few weeks and enjoyed it each time. Is not expensive either.
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