Eating My Way Through Portland, ME…. Part 2

Saturday morning, we all woke up bright and early (Okay, I was up bright and early and I think Heather was up bright and early… the boys not so much) and a little hungover and made our way over to the Allagash Brewery Tour and Tasting to get a little hair of the dog that bit us.  It was lots of  fun.  It was my first brewery tour ever, so I don’t have much to compare it to, but it was definitely pretty neat.  The tasting, of course, was the best part for me.  They gave us four different beers to try and they were pretty good sized samples.  I had a little trouble just keeping up!  


After the tour, we headed back to the Old Port area to return to our busy schedule of walking and eating…

Kevin and I stopped back at Gritty’s for a couple of drinks and something to eat while we waited for Tom and Heather who had stopped back at their place to get changed.   Again, sorry, no pictures from Gritty’s… but I had a lackluster bowl of vegetarian chili (I guess it was okay, but I feel like what I make at home is significantly better) and Kevin had bowl of clam chowder, which was pretty good – and what I probably should have also ordered.  I mean, seriously, who goes to Maine and orders chili?  How thoughtless of me…

Tom and Heather finally showed up and we walked around town for a bit and found a good spot on the water for some more eating and drinking, because that’s just how we roll (and by this point, we really could have probably just been rolled).  Gilbert’s Chowder House is really all you could ever want when you visit a city like Portland –  fried fish, cold beer, outdoor seating on the water.  Perfect.  Kevin and I split an order of fried clams, which was more than enough for the two of us, seeing as we had just eaten.  

And look how happy Heather looks!  I’m pretty sure it’s due to all the alcohol…

gilberts chowder house

After lunch (ok, 2nd lunch for Kevin and I), Heather and I made our way over to the 3rd Annual Picnic Music+Arts Festival , which was really really neat. I saw a lot of cool stuff that I wanted to buy, but I didn’t because let’s be honest, I just really don’t need any more stuff  lying around and we had a long day ahead of us!

We eventually found the boys sharing a pitcher of beer at table under an umbrella at the Portland Lobster Company.

We joined them for awhile.  It was really pleasant just being outdoors, on the water watching the ships…  I probably could have just sat there all day.

But alas, there was more food calling our name!

Tom had been doing some research while we were gone and discovered a place call Duck Fat , because they fry things in duck fat. We obviously had to go there!  If there is anything that listening to Faith Middleton on NPR has taught me over the years, it is that duck fat is just about the most wonderful thing in the world. And it really was great.  When we got there, we split a few plates among the table.  Everything was pretty out of this world!

We had the Belgian Duckfat Fries with 3 different dipping sauces – Curry Mayo, Truffle Ketchup and Thai Chili Mayo

belgian fries

Duckfat Poutine





Oh, and Heather ordered a Moxie…you just don’t see Moxie too often around these parts, but I guess you see it everywhere up North where it’s bottled.  This is for my friend Grabowski at work, who has found just about the only place in central CT that sells the stuff and regularly takes one to work.  He’s an enthusiast!  I guess you could say “he’s got Moxie” (that was horrible, I know – this is why I blog).


Anyway, we left Duck Fat and did some more shopping around town… and came across a Hookah Lounge.  Yes, a hookah lounge.  This was my first hookah experience.  It was okay; something different I guess.  Kevin and I really weren’t overly impressed. Tom and Heather have been to one in West Hartford and they tell us it’s better there. Maybe we’ll try it out some day.


We then headed back to Novare Res, the bar we had been in the previous night and really enjoyed.  We hung out and had a few beers and Tom and Heather actually split a plate of several types of cheese, which they said was really good.  It was then time to head back to our hotel and pass out, because we had brunch plans for the next morning!

The next morning we met up at Bintliff’s American Cafe at the recommendation of one of Kevin’s friends for what is one of the best brunches I have ever had.  Ever!  The place was really cute and I seriously wanted to eat just about everything on the menu.  I eventually settled on the Veggie Homefries, with two eggs sunny side up and a slice of their homemade Tuscan honey wheat toast.  A – Mazing!  Everything was so good… and I’m not normally a big breakfast eater!

veggie homefries

After our brunch, it sadly was time to head back home to Connecticut.  I had work the next morning and I needed a little time to rest up and get ready for the week.  We had a really awesome time in Portland, though, and I would go back in a heartbeat.  I don’t know that I would necessarily spend my whole time eating and drinking again (really, there were a lot of other cool things to do), but it is definitely a great little city to visit if you’re really into food.

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