Portland, Maine is seafood by the pier in the summer. It is warming up next to a cozy fireplace in the winter. It is roaming quaint cobblestone alleys in the fall. For me, it’s even half marathons in the spring. But above all, Portland, Maine is a small town with a big foodie following.
I am yet to try all the mouthwatering cuisine this town has to offer, but I am sure working on it! Here are my five, favorite foodie finds in Portland so far:
Some say diamonds are a girl’s best friend but I’ve always thought doughnuts could give the bling a run for its money. Who doesn’t love a personal sized cake that is totally acceptable to eat for breakfast?!
When it comes to these cream-filled wonders, the Holy Donut is the holy grail. With everything from salted caramel to vegan coconut, this little storefront has everything a dessert feign like me could ask for.
I never miss my Holy Donut fix when I make it up to Portland.
Classic diner food on the water, does it get any better than that? I don’t think so.
You HAVE to try the cinnamon bun. Trust me.
I just discovered The Honey Paw for the first time this trip and it was totally by accident. We had tried to get into the popular restaurant across the street, Duck Fat, for lunch but the wait was too long for our liking, so we stumbled into what looked like a trendy new spot a few doors down. Boy, am I happy we did!
This Asian Fusion mecca had an eclectic menu with everything from noodles to wings and sandwiches. I ordered the soft-shell crab sandwich and I’ve been dreaming about it ever since.
We may have wandered into The Honey Paw by happenstance but I am very deliberately planning my next trip back.
This is bae’s favorite spot in Portland. It is the perfect spot for date night. It is cozy and quaint with an open kitchen to die for. But be careful, it will require a reservation.
We love to order the Lobster Diavolo to share. If you are with another seafood lover, it is the way to go.
Two words: fried cauliflower. I know it doesn’t sound very convincing but this dish blew my mind.
The restaurant is small and they don’t take reservations so you may be in for a wait. Pro tip: there’s a bar downstairs that serves the same food menu and its first come, first serve. Our wait went from over an hour to 15 minutes.
After all this food talk, who’s hungry? Let’s go to Portland!