By: Abby Weit
I supposed it was about 4 months ago when I was perusing Condé Nast Traveler when the site told me, “Portland Keeps Getting Cooler.” Don’t get me wrong, I love CNT but who knew it was actually true? Andrew, my boyfriend, kept bringing up the city and how he wanted to go visit. It was a place I had been as a kid but never expected to go back. But, it kept coming up on my social media feed! Holy Donut this, Duckfat that. After we did a little research via social media (pictures, or it didn’t happen) we realized that Portland was one of the hippest places on the East Coast! Did you know they have the second most restaurants per capita in the United States? Also, have I mentioned I love food? Because, I love food.
This was the first real vacation Andrew and I went on together and we used solely Travel Blogs to find our way around the city! How crazy is it that you can use social media now to plan a trip? Some of the more notable ones that really helped us are below:
Now… I know you’re getting hungry so I’ll skip to the good part. Here are the restaurants we went to:
Tomasos Canteen – You come for the Adult PB&J but stay for the chicken sandwich. We came here on our very first night at midnight and stayed until close. They were still serving food and we had the best time. PS. And adult PB&J is a Pabst Blue Ribbon and shot of Jameson!
Becky’s Diner – The BEST diner breakfast you will ever have. Enough said.
Taco Escobar – They have infused tequilas that make their drinks unique! They also have fresh tortillas for their tacos, which makes all the difference. My favorite was the fried Avocado and Andrews was the cow tongue (he was feeling adventurous).
Street & Co. – Wow. Just wow. They have a different menu every night, so you know that $h!+s good. This place had a last minute cancelation which how we got in at 9:30PM, same day. I would suggest planning ahead and making a reservation! It’s on the pricier side so save it for your special night, because it’s worth every penny…I promise.
Hot Suppa-Come here early for brunch! It’s amazing. Order a Bloody Mary while you wait. Don’t miss the specials on the board, they are often the best dishes.
Eventide Oyster Co.- This place has a lot of hype. We went because we love oysters, but we honestly weren’t THAT impressed. Maybe because we has such high expectations? We were happy we went but don’t have to go again.
Tandem Coffee Roasters- Best coffee in town! Andrew and I are coffee fiends and this place takes the cake. The exterior looks like it may have been an old gas station and the interior is filled with smells of roasting coffee and fresh pastries and jam. It’s magical.
Portland Lobster Co.- Definitely more of a tourist spot but a solid staple if you need something last minute and it’s a nice day. You go for the view, some seafood, and your friends. Not for the BEST seafood.
Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster – We spent one of our days in Freeport, ME where we found this place and I don’t think you could find a more quintessential Maine spot than this one. Lobster rolls, Chowdah, blueberry cobbler, they have it all.
Maine Beer Co. & When Pigs Fly Bakery- Beer and pretzels go hand-in-hand. Also in Freeport—Maine Beer Co. is a cute, craft Brewery that serves the most AMAZING chewy, soft, salty pretzels and mustard from When Pigs Fly with all of their beers (May I suggest Lunch).
Comment with any questions! Hope you guys can make it up there too.