Maine is the place to go for iconic New England seafood. We ate some of the best (fourth year winning the regions competitions) lobster bisque, a darn good lobster roll, and fries cooked in duck fat. Yup, Maine has some of the greatest places to chow on food from the sea along with signature hotspots where food comes first.
It was also nice to spend time near the ocean. The sights, sounds, and smells mean a lot to me and standing next to the rocky ocean shore is my favorite place to be when I visit Maine.
We made it to Maine in about four hours and decided to have an early dinner at one of our favorite Portland hotspots. Duckfat Restaurant is little sandwich shop on a back street in downtown Portland that is best known for their local Maine grown potato Belgian fries that are fried in duck fat. They are divine and come with your choice of dipping sauce!
We picked the lemon-herb mayo and the horseradish mayo and were not disappointed. While some of you may cringe at the idea of using duck fat as a frying liquid, duck fat could actually be considered a healthier oil as it contains lower levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids. It also tastes delicious! The restaurant also uses duck fat to make sea salt caramels for their signature Duckfat Caramel with sea salt milkshake!!!
Dinner was amazing as we started off with milkshakes, then the well known fries, and followed everything with handcrafted Panini’s – mine the corned beef tongue Reuben with house made sauerkraut and his the meatloaf Panini with mustard pickles and smoked paprika. These sandwiches and the other divine menu items are in part the creation of owner and chef Rob Evans who has appeared on Food Networks “Chopped” and has also been recognized by the James Beard Foundation and Food & Wine.
Our second day in the Portland/Freeport area had us shopping the Freeport outlets where we stopped for lunch at the Lobster Cooker located right in the shopping district. They are known for their award winning lobster bisque which was indeed one of the best I have had. Creamy, rich, and FULL of lobster! We ate our bisque and lobster roll out on their garden patio and enjoyed watching the shoppers rush around the area.
After shopping we spent time on the beach at a local park and watched the seagulls and crabs on the rocks. Fishing boats went by and we relaxed loving the smell of the seawater and sounds of the waves crashing on the shoreline.
Dinner that night was something special. We dined at Street and Co. a rustic local seafood restaurant that serves up sizzling pans of food made with care. The atmosphere is soothing and relaxing as you sit at copper topped tables underneath rows of hanging dried herbs. Baskets of local homemade bread arrive at your table with fresh local butter and the bread and butter continue to arrive at your table until you just can’t eat anymore…and then of course you reach for another slice.
We started off sharing the “taste” of smoked salmon stuffed egg with migas and a sizzling pan of mussels provencal with garlic, white wine and butter. This is our favorite dish as you can take that wonderful homemade bread and sop up all of the lovely juice from the mussels when you are done eating tender meat from the shells.
For our entries, we both couldn’t resist the grilled yellowfin tuna served with a small red potato and green beans cooked in lemon and herbs.
So full, we were glad to have our stretchy clothes, we decided to walk off a little of the dinner and wandered the streets of Portland. We just don’t know how it happened, but we ended up on the street where the Gorgeous Gelato shop is located and at that point could not pass up the opportunity to have dessert at this favorite foodie place. We settled on the small cup and tried the rum chocolate and hazelnut gelato. We were not disappointed with the intense velvety Italian dessert.
We ended our trip listening to live music on the wharf before heading back to the motel to get some sleep before the trip home the next morning.
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