What are the best Portland food experiences?

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Rachel Bowie

In Portland, Maine, there are some excellent local food experiences that are not to be missed. From lobster to pastries, here’s a list of the best things and places to eat while in town:
 
1. The Portland Lobster Company. This place serves up the best lobster roll in town. Bonus: The fried clams, the crab and avocado wrap, and everything else on the menu are also worth a taste. Plan to dine outside on the picnic tables and breathe in the salty ocean breeze — located on the dock near Commercial Street, it’s a quintessential New England spot.
 
2. Farmer’s Table. The locavore scene is huge in Portland — and given the city’s close proximity to the ocean and wilderness, it makes total sense. A meal at Farmer’s Table is a dining experience that’s not to be missed. Eat on the terrace to take in the gorgeous harbor views and chef Jeff Landry’s cuisine, which comes from local gardens and farms.
 
3. Scratch Baking Company. If you have a sweet tooth, make the trip to South Portland to check out this spot. This bakery prepares freshly made muffins, scones and bagels every morning. Grab your pastry to go, and walk down to the water to enjoy your breakfast with views of the sea.
 
4. Public Market House. If you’re looking to sample the best of Portland’s food scene all in one place, make time to visit the Public Market House on Monument Square. There, you’ll find local Maine produce, breads, cheeses, soups and beers, all under the same roof. There are plenty of places to sit, so sample a variety and go back for more.
 
5. Grace.
This is another restaurant that you should visit at least once. An example of Portland’s culinary reinvention, Grace opened in an 1850s Gothic Revival-style church. Enjoy the flavorful, local cuisine as you gaze through the stained-glass windows and take in the view.

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