Portland has certainly been having a moment lately. It was only a few years ago that one still had to denote Portland, Maine to avoid confusion from the other Portland. But now, this city star needs no last name. Its place is firmly planted on every foodie traveler’s must-visit list. And for good reason. There’s no shortage of epic eats and charming spots to explore.
The challenge, however, is to preserve the local, no-pretense spirit of this juxtaposed city. At 3pm on a Thursday during a pandemic, there’s a 2.5 hour wait to snag a seat on the make-it-work outdoor patio of Eventide Oyster Co. The curse of a city dominating nearly every Top 10 travel list. While Eventide’s coveted brown butter lobster roll is worth some idle time, some savvy pre-trip planning will mean strolling nearby shops while you wait and sampling some of the other rising-star restaurants the city has to offer. Read on for our top picks, local favorites and travel tips to Eat Portland Like a Local.