Traveling aint easy when you're visiting a new city and have a palate created by BurgaBox. Everyone is screaming "pick me" on Instagram and Yelp but it can be hard to tell which places are actually worth the stop. That's where we come in. Our weekly post, "24 Hours in the City" will help you filter out the phonies and conquer each city with a full stomach and a slight buzz. Because that's the only way we know how to travel.
In this week's post, we are highlighting an East Coast gem, Portland, Maine. Over the past few years, Portland has become a big name in the foodie community and a popular summer spot for a weekend getaway. The restaurant and bar choices are endless so here's a little help from the #BurgaBoss.
Where to Stay: Portland is a small city that holds a ton of Airbnb options and some really great waterfront-located hotels. We recommend staying in Old Port aka downtown for maximum access to the food and drink. But as long as you find a place around the area, taxis and Ubers are abundant and the city is walkable.
Breakfast: When you're trying to conquer a city in 24 hours, brunch is not on the table for discussion. You must eat every meal to it's fullest potential and these are your best breakfast options.
The Holy Donut:
Craft doughnuts are in this year, but The Holy Donut
is the craziest we've seen. It's secret? The Holy Donut uses Maine mashed potatoes to achieve the texture and moistness somewhere between a cake and the typical yeast doughnut. You can get them stuffed with sweet and savory fillings. Just ask for a Holy Cannoli. Our favorite is the bacon-cheddar but we aren't the only ones, so don't want too long to get in line. They might run out by noon. Stop in one of the stores on Exchange Street
or Park Avenue
Bayside American Grille:
The breakfast joint formally known as Bintliffs. Try the lobster benny and/or cinnamon bun pancakes. We won't limit you to just one.
Lunch: To seafood or to not seafood? That is the question.
Duckfat: Duckfat's menu is extensive but we think that the fries and sandwiches outshine the other selections. Start with the Belgium French Fries. They are fried (twice) in duck fat and served with sides of delicious dipping sauces. E.g. truffle ketchup. When it comes to sandwiches, the artisan bread paired with some version of duck will not steer you wrong.
The Thirsty Pig:
We might have just found the hot dog version of BurgaBox
. At The Thirsty Pig, there is no shortage of meat. Get a dog topped off with pulled pork or chili. Or go with breakfast for dinner and order the "Breakfast Sammy" that has a brown sugar bun and maple cream on top. Follow the restaurant on Twitter
to find out about the live music scene.
Boone's Fish House & Oyster Room:
If you're in Maine to find all things lobster, this is your place. Boone's has a long list of lobster dishes such as lobster mac & cheese, stuffed lobsters and a lobster bake. For your picky friends, there are plenty of non-fishy items and a good selection of fried food.
Mid-day Drinks: Afternoon drinking calls for local breweries and Portland is full of them. Allagash is a household name but it is a little out of the way. If you're looking to stay closer to downtown, Rising Tide Brewing Company and Bissell Brother's are the best options to start your buzz. No need to book reservations, just show up and drink.
Dinner: Hopefully you've saved some room!
Eventide Oyster Co.: Eventide was just featured on "The Best Restaurants in America" by Eater. Pretty impressive. The oyster bar is amazing but that is a given. If you didn't know, the brown butter lobster roll is the talk of the town along with it's amazing selection of soups. We recommend ordering the Red Curry Seafood Stew and the Dashi Clam Chowder and then finishing your meal off with the ice cream sandwich.
Nosh Kitchen Bar: Already experiencing burger withdrawals? Nosh should be able to help. Nosh is known for stacking burger patties by four and using slices of Slab Pizza as buns. For the bacon obsessed, order their bacon dusted French Fries on the side.
Boda: Is street food your thing? Boda has a Thai street food inspired brick & mortar restaurant in Downtown Portland. The menu features Thai tapas and a skewer bar for both carnivores and vegetarians. The quail eggs are a hit along with the brussel sprouts and bacon wrapped scallops. We also never feel complete without treating ourselves to a Thai Iced Tea.
Try it all!
The Nightlife Scene: Whether you're feeling fancy or frumpy, Portland has a bar for everyone. If you're still on the beer train, Novare Res is a bier cafe with an outdoor area and crazy brew selection that will help to reignite your buzz . Next, take a 3 minute walk to Rhum Food & Grog for a tropical cocktail which might help take away the sting of the harsh Maine winter.
Once you've warmed up your vocal cords with the good stuff, it's time to headover to Old Port Tavern
and sing your little heart out. Need extra help? Old Port Tavern sells vodka soaked gummy bears to help take off the edge.
If you're sick of hearing strangers sing "Don't Stop Believing", head on over to Bull Fenney's
for some live music and a big dance floor. By then, you should be ready for meal number four!
Eat Late Night: Come on, you need this.
Blue Rooster Food Company:
Think munchies heaven. Blue Rooster has over nine flavors of tater tots that will satisfy any drunken craving.
Hopefully by the last tot, you'll feel fully satisfied with your 24 hours in Portland, ME. Still convinced that the West Coast is the best coast? Didn't think so. Let us know if you end up visiting (or have visited) these places and how you liked them!
Look out for us next week in our next "24 Hours in the City" and conquer another city, one day at a time!