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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’ marketRosemont Market, 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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Food Blogs

Appetite Portland “documents the delights of this city’s restaurants and food stores,” with reviews and commentary on Portland restaurant scene chatter.

Blog About Beer, written by a local home brewer and beer afficionado, proclaims to be a resource for better beer, beer news and fun beer stuff.

Blueberry Files is the blog of a recent Portland transplant and foodie, with photos, recipes, and reviews.

Dine in Portland aspires to bring a fresh perspective to reviews and critiques of Portland’s restaurants. Also featuring recipes.

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.

Edible Obsessions publishes a running narrative on dining, drinking, and life in Portland.

Flock and Vine is the wine and cooking blog of certified sommelier Jennifer Flock, retail store manager of Browne Trading Co.

Immigrant Kitchens is the blog of professional cook Lindsay Sterling chronicling her adventures in the kitchens of local immigrants.

Megansmark is a Portland-based blog that takes a creative approach to cooking seasonally in Maine with locally-sourced ingredients.

Plating Up is the cooking blog of Maine Food & Lifestyle Magazine, featuring recipes with local, in-season ingredients.

Portland Food Coma is a blog about eating and drinking (a lot) in Portland, and sometimes cooking.

Portland Food Map tracks and reviews nearly every eating and drinking option in the city.

Urbanspoon Portland has an impressive collection of Porltand restaurant reviews from critics, food bloggers, and Urbanspoon users.

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 run several neighborhood farm stands in Portland.

The Eat Maine Facebook group, an offshoot of Maine magazine, is a guide to the latest Maine food news, events, what’s in season, and places to eat both on and off the beaten track.

Eat Maine Foods is the networking site of the Eat Local Foods Coalition (ELFC) of Maine. You can create a profile and connect with other local foods enthusiasts, find an event, or participate in the forum. Also, check out the Maine Food Map to find the nearest apple orchard or raw milk producer.

Elizabeth Fraser of Girl Gone Raw offers classes on raw food preparation. Eager to learn more? Attend one of the free monthly potlucks the second Sunday of every month at Elizabeth’s home on Munjoy Hill.

Gluten-Free Maine has an array of resources for gluten-free living in Maine, including a list of Maine-made gluten free products, Maine gluten-free events, gluten-free friendly restaurants, and other resources.

Local Sprouts is a culinary and cultural organization with the mission to provide people in Maine with creative local and organic food and holistic learning through cooking food for local community. To get a taste of what this means, check out the Local Sprouts Cafe, on Congress St., which serves healthy dishes made from local and organic food at affordable prices.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association sponsors food, agriculture, and farming-related events and workshops 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 a monthly multi-course brunch series featuring local chefs.

Portland Farmers’ Market graces Deering Oaks Park with tables of fresh produce every Saturday, and Monument Square every Wednesday, from May through November. Travel + Leisure ranked our market #8 on their list of America’s Best Farmers’ Markets.

Chef David Levi runs the Portland Food + Cooking Course, preparing food as an expression of season and place in Maine.

Portland Food Coop is an evolving member-owned local business that collectively purchases over $6000 of food a month from local and national producers. Learn how to become a member.

Portland Food Map is a comprehensive guide to food and drink in Portland, with regular food news updates via RSS, a graphic 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.

Rabelais is a one of the better-known food and cookbook stores in the country, run by the husband-wife duo Smantha Hoyt Lindgren and Don Lindgren. It’s located in the North Dam Mill in nearby Biddeford. The store sponsors many food-related events including a FoodFilms series and book signings. Check out their calendar.

Slow Food Portland is the local branch of Slow Food International, a nonprofit dedicated to counteracting fast food and the fast life, and the disappearance of local food traditions.

The Munjoy Hill Food Group has monthly potluck lunches the second Wednesday of every month.

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 an old reclaimed warehouse in the Bayside neighborhood. Beyond sauerkraut, pickles, and fermented beverages like cider and wine, here you will also find classes on everything from mushroom cultivation to composting.

Food Publications

Maine Magazine’s website has articles on Maine food destinations, as well as features on Maine food and drink.

Portland Monthly has a dining guide and an extensive archive of restaurant reviews.

Portland Press Herald has a Food & Dining column, with restaurant reviews, recipes, and news about who’s opening and closing restaurants in Portland.

Table Art Media is the Portland-based publisher of “Fresh from Maine” and its companion website that talk about the farm to table restaurant movement in Maine.

The Bollard features a Food & Booze column, with restaurant reviews and tales of eating, drinking, and food shopping in Portland.

The Portland Phoenix has a Food + Drink column, with a collection of restaurant reviews and articles on farmers, food purveyors, and local food culture.