Where to Eat in Portland, ME: Fore Street

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Fore Street was one of three restaurants we knew we were going to be dining at before we left for the east coast. When researching where to eat in Portland, Maine, Fore Street seemed to be on every list I came across. Fore Street is located in Portland’s Old Port at 288 Fore Street. It has been named one of the top 50 restaurants in the United States and its chef was named “best chef” by the James Beard Foundation.

I really loved everything about Fore Street – the vibe, the decor, the wait staff and the food. The restaurant has a brick interior with a really cozy feel. We sat and had a drink in comfy chairs that looked out onto the street. Crates of pumpkins that felt like fall decorated the bar area. While it is an upscale restaurant, diners were perfectly dressed in jeans and a nice shirt.

Once we were seated, our waiter brought us fresh bread that is made in house. We started with Wood Oven Roasted Mussels from Casco Bay that were served in a garlic almond butter. We also had the Wood Oven Roasted Pork Belly with seared polenta, cipollini and pear chutney. My husband and I rarely order the same thing for dinner but we were both drawn to the Pacific Coho Salmon Filet with candied bacon risotto and a shallot pan butter sauce. The food was spectacular and one of my favorite things about the restaurant is that the kitchen is open, allowing you to see the chefs cooking. Our waiter was also excellent. He asked us where we were from, asked us what brought us to Fore Street, gave us recommendations for restaurants in Boston and took the time to write down places we suggested he try the next time he goes to Houston.

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