Eating well is easy in Portland. Bon Appétit named Portland America’s foodiest small town, the New York Times calls us “one of the best places to eat in the Northeast,” and there’s a debate about us vying with San Francisco for the most restaurants per capita.
The geography of our city lends itself to incredible culinary bounty and creativity. Here, tiny pink shrimp, haddock, cod, and lobsters pulled from the Atlantic intermingle on our tables with Maine-grown produce and locally-raised dairy and meats. We source these ingredients year round from our farmers’ market, Rosemont Market, the Portland Food Co-op, and other local shops. Within the city limits, Portland’s many exceptional bakeries churn out baguettes and bagels, croissants, cookies, and cupcakes. Here in Portland, we love to cook and we love to eat.
There’s a culture here of eating out and supporting the local culinary scene. The number of good—and we mean really good—restaurants in Portland is mind-boggling, and new players are always arriving on the scene. Our chefs woo and inspire us with dishes like Panko Crusted Day Boat Scallops, Sea Urchin Linguini, Truffled Lobster “Mac & Cheese,” and Camembert Cheesecake. James Beard award-winning chef Rob Evans, owner of Hugo’s and Duckfat, says “I think what makes it work is the community support…If we didn’t have people getting out to eat and trying different restaurants and being open to that, I don’t think it would work so well.”
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The Blueberry Files is the blog of a Portland transplant, food expert, and writer, with photos, recipes, and reviews.
While Eater Maine does cover the whole state, you can use the sort-by-town feature to find out what's happening in Portland's food scene.
Eating Portland Alive is the blog of a Maine-raised teetotaler who dines his way around the Portland area.
Food Coma is a blog about eating and drinking (a lot) in and around Portland, and sometimes cooking.
Immigrant Kitchens is the blog of professional cook Lindsay Sterling chronicling her adventures in the kitchens of local immigrants.
Portland Food Map is a complete resource for nearly every eating and drinking option in the city, as well as food and drink-related businesses, events, news, and more.
Snap Reviews is described as a "diary of dining our way through Greater Portland, Maine." A camera-phone shot and a few sentences capture moments in time at area restaurants and cafes.
Urbanspoon Portland has an impressive collection of restaurant reviews by critics, food bloggers, and Urbanspoon users.
Vrai-lean-uh is a blog about cooking and eating, including recipes, tips for feeding kids, and local restaurant reviews.
Community Kitchens is a local access cable cooking show on Portland's CTN5. Each month the hosts visit and interview a chef in their kitchen.
Food Events, Groups, + Classes
Cultivating Community‘s mission is to strengthen communities by growing food, preparing youth leaders and new farmers, and promoting social and environmental justice. They connect Maine's newest Americans--primarily immigrants from East Africa and Central America--with the land, skills, and resources needed to start farm-based enterprises.
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association sponsors food, agriculture, and farming-related events throughout the year, from mushroom cultivation workshops to conversations about how education can support agriculture in Maine. Check out their event calendar and don’t miss their annual Common Ground Fair in Unity each September.
Pocket Brunch is an intermittent multi-course brunch series held in various Maine locations, featuring local chefs.
Portland Farmers’ Market graces Deering Oaks with tables of fresh produce every Saturday, and Monument Square every Wednesday, from May through November. The Winter Farmers' Market at Urban Farm Fermentory in East Bayside lasts from the first Saturday in December until the second to last Saturday in April.
Portland Food Map is a comprehensive guide to food and drink in Portland, with regular food news updates, a map of Portland’s restaurants arranged by category, and an exhaustive list of all things food-related—from fish mongers to doughnut shops, Indian restaurants to food blogs. Stay up to date on what’s cooking in the Portland food scene with their events calendar.
The Portland Permaculture Meetup Group has over 700 members of all ages, ranging from local foods enthusiasts to local resilience and sustainable living advocates. Group activities include potlucks, workshops—permaculture design, foraging, and cold-frame building are some recent topics—as well as lectures, discussions, and film screenings.
Urban Farm Fermentory is a hub of creative fermentation located in a reclaimed warehouse in East Bayside. Beyond fermented beverages like cider, mead, and kombucha, you will also find classes on everything from mushroom cultivation to composting. The Winter Farmers' Market is held at UFF from December to April.