Amvets Charles J Loring Post 25

186 Washington Ave
Portland, 04101
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Very nice people. It was like stepping back in time! My dad used to bring us kids to the legion for a coke when he was watching us. Lol. We were there for Veterans Day celebration. Cheap beer, DJ and fun people. Ring the bell to get in!

(207) 772-9577

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Wendy’s

50 Market St
Portland, 04106
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This five star review is for the staff or Wendys.. Always super sweet, friendly, and quick. Always smiling. Nice! Wendys is my go to for fast food at lunch cuz its actually possible to get a half way bealthy meal. I love that combos can come with baked potatoes. And the grilled chicken sando is always decent. although there is one saying that although it doesn't affect my review or experience it does make me feel awfully bad for the employees. people smoke cigarettes I can see asking them to stand behind a building or out of view of the restaurant but to stand behind trash cans in a caged area that must smell of you guessed it trash, that's just kind of a bit much. My only guess is that management does not smoke and I realize that a lot of people in the world don't but as a customer I would much rather see staff standing around smoking cigarettes then see them scan mean in a dirty cage trash area behind a trash can. Cuz yeah that's clean. And another thing I really hope that my review does not hinder their ability to have their smoke breaks.. like I said it's one of the friendliest I've seen in the fast food business and I wouldn't want anything to change that.

(207) 799-8747

Burgers, Fast Food

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Portland Square Cafe

1 Portland Sq,Ste 7
Portland, 04101
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Great place for a quick breakfast and lunch. They use real eggs cooked fresh in front of you. Large selection of Green Mountain coffee. For lunch they have a good size menu, full salad bar, and plenty of place to sit. The workers are very friendly and nice.

(207) 772-8186

Cafes

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Churchill Events

1037 Forest Ave
Portland, 04103
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Best catering in maine hands down. Give them the opportunity to cater your next event and you won't be disappointed.

(207) 878-2277

Caterers

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The Black Tie Company

1 Union Wharf
Portland, 04101
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What a great resource to the locals in Portland! This is the kind of neighborhood deli you need if you live in a city. The Black Tie Company (Union Kitchen) has everything you need to survive, great homemade deli sandwiches, a nice deli case of fine salads, wine, beer, healthy juice drinks, tables to sit and enjoy your meal, coffee, deserts ... they've got it all. I had the chicken caesar wrap (great), my wife had the cranberry turkey wrap (wow - we actually shared them both), Our friends loved their sandwiches as well. The prices are very reasonable - more affordable than a more formal restaurant IMHO. Suggestions to management: add better signage out front. We almost passed you by - The Union Kitchen sign had us confused - we couldn't tell if you sold kitchen cabinets, kitchen appliances (we didn't see any deli signs out front). Yelp needs more photos of your great deli sandwiches (we ate ours before we thought of it), the wine racks, the coffee and deserts, the deli case, the take home foods, the menu.
I have ordered catering from Black Tie numerous times for both breakfast and lunch. They are always on time with delivery, their sandwiches and salads are delicious, and they are professional and courteous. Be warned ahead of time though, the sandwich servings are huge. You could probably safely get away with ordering half the amount that you think you need if it's for a business meeting.
The sandwiches are always good & simple. And quick! I frequent BTC bc it is close to my work. Today I was suddenly reminded that there are such good people in this world. Some older gentleman was behind me in line at the deli and paid for my lunch today he was so sweet about it. And leaves and says "have a fantastic weekend!" I Love that positive energy!!

(207) 761-6665

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Dunkin’ Donuts

554 Congress St
Portland, 04101
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It's Dunkin, and the only bad thing that can happen to you is it takes forever to get food. First time here and no problems, just went in for coffee and that was it. Staff was friendly, line moved quickly, no issues at all. Definitely would go back again!

(207) 773-4381

Donuts, Coffee & Tea

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Morrill Mansion B&B

249 Vaughan St
Portland, 04102
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So we stayed at the Morrill Mansion over the weekend and it was just perfect! We really enjoyed the coziness and comfort of staying at this B&B. The ambiance throughout the house was very warm and inviting. We stayed in the McGuire room and it was just the right size for the two of use. The room was well kept and well decorated. The bed was very comfortable, the sheet were also great. The room came equipped with a fridge, TV, alarm clock, hair dryer, etc. There was also wine glasses and a wine bottle opener in the room---Very nice touch! The bathroom was also very nice. The towels were great quality and super soft (big thing for me)!! The innkeeper David is very helpful and an amazing breakfast cook! The breakfast was great and it included: mini cheese omelets, roasted potatoes, assortment of fruit and baked goods and the best part was the homemade bread pudding--It was delicious! There was also an assortment of f fresh coffee, tea, and fresh juices too. The baked chocolate chip and coconut brownies were also amazing! Its conveniently located being about a 10-15 min. walk to downtown. There is parking on site and the area is very quite at night. We will definitely be staying here again the next time we are in Portland!
We had such a great time at the Morrill Mansion. The innkeeper is incredibly friendly and the inn is clean, homey and cute. It's a little walk (15 mins) to Old Port, but its a really nice walk in nice weather. The innkeeper took the time to give us restaurant recommendations and even brought out the map to show us where everything was located. We stayed in the Vaughn Room, which is on the third floor. Small and cute with a private bath and a really comfy bed. Every night there are brownies, cookies, or some other treat in the second floor family room. If you're looking for one of those crazy B&B elaborate breakfasts, you won't find it here. It is a continental breakfast, but much nicer than a hotel. There were muffins, hot and cold cereal, bagels, cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs and homefries one day and French toast another, and of course coffee, tea and hot chocolate. I definitely recommend staying here!
Morrill Mansion = Magnificent! My boyfriend and I planned a brief one-night trip to Portland (sort of a last hurrah before leaving the Boston area for good) and deliberated over which bed and breakfast to choose. So many options! My friend AJ K. highly recommended Morrill Mansion; the pictures looked lovely so we thought we'd give it a try. We weren't disappointed! It truly is a nineteenth-century mansion - large (six guest rooms on the second and third floors) and elegantly decorated. It still has all the charm of an old house, but it the amenities are very modern. We stayed in the Vaughan Room, located on the third floor. It was beautiful! The bed was big and cushy, with lots of fluffy pillows (and who doesn't like fluffy pillows??), there were two windows which let in a lot of light, two large mirrors, a TV and DVD player, a mini-fridge, and a little bowl of chocolates. The bathroom was neat and spacious, with a tile stand-up shower, shampoo, conditioner, and a nice hair dryer. It was just a really comfortable and romantic environment. For breakfast, David laid out eggs and sausage, hash browns, yogurt, toast, bagels, muffins, lots of fresh fruit, and little bowls of vanilla custard (custard for breakfast = brilliant). The room was so cozy, and David and the other guests were so nice, I only wish I could have stayed longer! If my boyfriend and I find ourselves in Portland again, we'll definitely stay here.

(207) 774-6900

Bed & Breakfast

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Back Bay Grill

65 Portland St
Portland, 04101
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After a weeklong trip that included some of the best restaurants in Montreal and Quebec City, I never thought I'd say my single best meal was in Portland. But, as all the other reviewers have noted, Back Bay Grill is absolutely amazing. The menu is compact but diverse, with at least one selection each covering beef, fish, chicken, lamb and duck. After much debate, I settled on an incredible corn chowder with potato, bacon, red pepper and lobster. I'm kind of a corn chowder junkie, but this was definitely in my Top 3. For my entrée I ordered the homemade pappardelle with veal meatballs and pancetta. The waitress brought a spoon as part of my set-up, which seemed strange for a flat, non-twirly pasta like pappardelle. But one taste of this dish, and it all made sense: When the pasta and meatballs were gone, I shamelessly tipped my bowl and spooned up every drop of the dark, rich jus. (Sometimes good flavor trumps good manners.) Three courses + two drinks = $90 per person, all in. Worth every penny. Strictly in terms of food and service, Back Bay Grill would earn 5+ stars from me. But the setting definitely affects the overall experience, and not in a good way. The street is dark and kind of desolate, with dark storefronts everywhere, save for a couple of sketchy bars, where patrons slumped in the doorway kept asking for a buck "to catch the bus." Would I run the gauntlet again to see what Back Bay Grill has on the menu? Um, yeah, in a heartbeat.
My favorite restaurant in Portland, hands down. I enjoyed every second of this experience starting from making the initial reservation, to the host putting on my coat when we left. To start, we walked in and were surprised at the small space, but not too small that we were turned away. The distance from the tables to the kitchen was just close enough that we still felt like we were in our own space. The host was extremely welcoming. He even called me twice to confirm our reservation because of the fluctuating weather we had been having. I found that to be very gracious and not annoying. I was pleasantly surprised at the price of their drink menu as well. Their meals are a little bit higher than the norm for Portland (AND WORTH IT, but I'll get to that next), but the drinks were a pleasant 8-15 dollar range. We started with the mussels as an app (SURPRISE!). They were wonderful. They even split the app into two dishes for us. The homemade bread and butter was also just enough. One more slice I probably would have said it was too much, but then again, it was melt in your mouth bread, so too much is still ok. I ordered the scallops with risotto and roasted beets and my bf ordered the stuffed chicken leg. MIne couldn't have been better, so simple, yet incredibly sophisticated to taste. His chicken was stuffed with an herb sausage that he said was also delicous. We opted out of dessert, as we normally do, but we did notice the aray of sweets that were offered; from cakes, to brule, to several hot toddys. The service was top notch. Not once were we greeted without a smile, whether it was to take our order, ask how our meal was or take our plates. I can't wait to return, which I hope, is ASAP, like tonight, or tomorrow, or maybe they'll open to make me breakfast.
Wow. Just... Wow. My wife and I were in Portland for one night - passing through from New York on the way to Bar Harbor, ME - and we chose to celebrate our anniversary with dinner at the Back Bay Grill. I am SO glad we decided to do so! The staff was incredible and greeted us warmly as soon as we walked through the door. Smiles on! Before I go into this review (which I believe will be lengthy), please be advised that any use of hyperbole (i.e. "the best", "the greatest", the word "incredible", and so on) in the context of this review is completely well-earned and is, by no means, an overstatement. Any use of "literally" means literally, not "like, literally" (with a New York affect). I didn't mention to the staff at the restaurant when I made the reservation that it was our anniversary (just because I didn't want to overdo the whole "anniversary celebration tour thing" that my wife and I are one); however, upon learning that it was our anniversary, our server, Evie, and the maitre d' (whose name I did not get, regrettably, but who was phenomenal nonetheless), really pulled out all the stops and helped make it the most amazing anniversary dinner experience (or, frankly, any dinner experience) that we have ever had. Note: The folks over at the Back Bay Grill are just generally nice, friendly, awesome people and I know (from reading the expressions on other diners' faces throughout the night) that everyone in the dining room was having the same experience as my wife and me... I would describe the entire experience as "cathartic," to say the least, bordering on "life changing" (I might actually have to go back and amend some of my previous reviews, because - until last night - I really didn't know what a 5-star experience was). Now, I will explain exactly why the Back Bay experience was so fantastic. First of all, this was not a "dinner at a nice restaurant"... It was a true experience in every sense of the word, and I don't use the term "experience" lightly here. The restaurant is intimate, sits about 30-40 diners - if I had to estimate - comfortably. After we were seated, Evie greeted us promptly, offered water, and allowed us a few minutes to peruse the drink menu. I don't drink, so I enjoyed a bottle of Pellegrino (which lasted the whole meal for me), and my wife ordered a Sauvignon Blanc (not sure which). Then we were given ample time to thoroughly discuss and vet the menu... Hang on, I'm getting teary as I write this review as I recount everything from last night... OK, back to being composed... Since the menu was printed on thick, quality paper with the date on top, I think it's safe to assume that this is the type of place where the menu changes on a daily basis, based on the freshness of the meat, poultry, produce, etc. available that day. It seriously took us 25 minutes to make a decision, because literally EVERYTHING on the menu sounded delectable. Ultimately, we decided to split the foie gras appetizer (served with bread pudding and various accoutrements that are beyond my comprehension or recollection, as I write this), and this incredible achievement in culinary mastery was presented beautifully and fully enjoyed by my wife and me. Every single bite (we took small bites to make the experience last as long as possible) nearly brought a tear to my eye and actually did give me goosebumps. The foie gras was the single greatest food item I have ever put in my mouth. Honestly, I have never tasted anything better. It was fresh, light, and so unbelievably flavorful. When it was over, my wife had to console me with the fact that we still had to finish our salads (a mixed green salad with gorgonzola and candied walnuts, which the chef split in two plates for us) and that the main course was still on its way. Thank God for that, because without the main course, as I will describe in more detail below, I STILL would have given this restaurant a five-star review and would still sing its praises from the rooftops. I suppose now is as good a time as any to mention that the chef and sous-chef prepare all of the restaurants offerings in plain sight (the kitchen is open and diners can observe these geniuses of food immersed in their craft). That was a treat in and of itself. Now for the main course... Psssshhh!! I almost can't even continue writing because the main course was THAT incredible. To attempt to put into words that which is nearly indescribable (with my limited vocabulary) would not do the food justice. My God, as I sit here writing this review approximately 11 hours after having consumed this food, I am reliving every bite, every scent, every feeling, every sensation. So, to wrap it up, I am not the only one who feels this way about this restaurant. Back Bay has received the AAA Four-Diamond award for restaurants over the past two years. If my wife and I were to have this experience in New York, the price points would have been DOUBLE. It was awesome!

(207) 772-8833

American (Traditional), American (New), French

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isa

79 Portland St
Portland, 04101
Reviews:
Great new spot! They have been open only a month,but are already running smoothly. As others have mentioned the crew working here are a warm and welcoming bunch, and the space itself is well laid out with a bistro vibe. On this our first visit, we stopped in for their very first day serving brunch. We are really glad we did as the food was very,very good. I started by trying the lamb sliders, which consisted of spicy lamb sausage, pickled red peppers and goat cheese served on focaccia. Mmmm,Mmmm Yum and large living in the land of small plates I will add enough to share with several people (I of course, devoured the whole thing)! I particularly enjoyed the light and fluffy goat cheese, It had the most wonderful consistence like it had been whipped. In any case the cheese and sausage made a super yummy flavor bomb when combined with the lamb sausage. Next up was the croque Madame, layers of crisp Standard Bakery bread, covered with prosciutto and melted Swiss, then topped with a beautiful fried farm egg. So good, so very very good! My wife had the baked eggs and they were very good too. Super rich and creamy balanced nicely by the tangy tomatoes and kale. Overall, a very good showing from this brand new restaurant. As they continue to settle in, I look forward to seeing how their brunch/cocktail menus expand/evolve. Next time we will have to try dinner!
I loved this little bistro! The place was beautifully done. The food was well presented and flavorful. Staff friendly and price was right. Try it, you will be glad you found it.
This place is not to be missed if you are in Portland!! My boyfriend Sam and I went to Isa for dinner on the fourth of July and we both really loved it. I am just getting around to writing this review now b/c the food and drinks were so good, the thought of them has haunted me until now- and we are trying to figure out when to head back up to Portland just to go back here! We were greeted by co-owner, Suzie, who was warm and friendly, setting the tone for the rest of the night. We received excellent service all night and were very pleased with our attentive, knowledgable server and felt right at home in the cozy atmosphere. Side note, awesome outdoor space!! We started with the lamb sliders, shaved fennel salad, and grilled peaches - all of which we thought were incredible and creatively delicious. I especially would recommend the shaved fennel salad, which had sweet grapefruit and sharp cheese, creating a seriously bomb combination. The peaches were also perfectly ripe and grilled just the right amount, caramelizing with the balsamic reduction ... yes yes YES!!! For dinner we shared fries, and Sam got the pork chop which he said was super juicy and delicious and I got the tagliatelle bolognese, one of the best I have ever had! I wanted to eat it all but because of the generous portions and that I had three appetizers I had to get a doggie bag. I also had a few of the Tea Coupes.. - and was thinking next time I will ask if they can just make this in a pitcher b/c it is a refreshing and unique drink that i couldn't get enough of ! For dessert we had the strawberry shortcake and another chocolate dessert thing (see pics) and ended up devouring both like hungry wolves even though we were stuffed, they were that good.

(207) 808-8533

American (New)

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Union Bagel Co.

147 Cumberland Ave
Portland, 04101
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To me, a bagel should be New York style, one with a bit of chewiness, or tooth as they say in NY. The bagels here are delicious! They are hand rolled, boiled and baked. The toppings are varied and interesting. My mornings are happier with my bagel from Union Bagel Co. The people here are as fabulous as their bagels. The are a bit out of the way on Cumberland, but worth the effort of the trip! I love getting a warm bagel, just baked.
This place is the real deal. Some of the best bagels I've ever had. We just happened upon them while driving around, but we grabbed a half-dozen bagels to take home and what a good decision that turned out to be! Deliciously crunchy outside and wonderfully chewy inside. Made even better with their jalapeño and chive cream cheeses. I wish they had a location in Boston!
I use yelp all the time and so should review more often, but I don't. This place was such a delight I overcame my normal reluctance to post. We eat bagels in all places we go on our road trips and these were noteworthy!! Olive cream cheese yum!!! Jalepeño cream cheese yum!!!!! I had an everything and hubby had the garlic bagel YUM!! People super nice. Location adorable. We ate in the car looking down the hill to the water-delightful.

(207) 747-4400

Bagels

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