Portland restaurants, oh my. Bresca. Miyake. 555. Hot Suppa (lunch). We thought Fore Street was just okay, but ymmv; at any rate, they were very gracious when we showed up totally drenched from a pounding rain.
There are discussions of various restaurants on these threads.
And I almost forgot: there's a great bookstore there, Rabelais Books, nearby in Biddeford. Moved from down on Middle Street.
We usually stay at The Inn on St. John (funky but pretty big b&b, free parking!), which is out beyond the medical center, but a not unreasonable walk into town. Have also stayed at Eastland Park hotel. There's a plaza outside it where we heard a great free steel-pan concert last summer.
For North Shore, I mostly remember clam shacks. There are Woodman's devotees versus The Clam Box. We tried and liked both, but then fried clams are such a treat for us: eating Ipswich clams in Ipswich! It's been a few years, so I forget where else we ate.
I don't actually know what a handbasket is -- but whatever they are, singer-songwriters are in the first ones going to hell. -- Sneakeater, 29 March 2018 - 12:06 AM
notorious stickler -- NY Times
deeply annoying and nitpicking -- Molly O'Neill, One Big Table