portland dining

Posted by susan on October 9th, 2008. Filed under: epicurious travel, getaways.

Our drive to Portland for our girls weekend included a stop at the Kittery Outlets (I made out with a cute dress and work pants) so by the time we arrived – we were starving. Our first stop was Bull Feeney’s on Fore Street.

My hunger got the best of me when I didn’t even think to grab a picture of this amazing appetizer until I was half way done – lightly friend camembert cheese with blueberry sauce

And then I plowed through this amazing mix of sweet potato and regular fries with ketchup, curry and horseradish mayo dip…before I could get a full shot.

But, I was able to snag a photo of this wonderful dish in all its glory: BANGERS & COLCANNON – Traditional Irish Sausages with Mashed Potatoes and Cabbage Cooked in Bacon and Onion Butter

I will never eat mashed potatoes without bacon again, at least in the moment that is what I claimed.

This was my chicken wrap which had grapes in it (the major selling point for me). And my Wolaver Organic IPA, which was perfect…

Unfortunately I could only get through half of it because I had housed all the starters.

Jump to Saturday night – we went out for sushi at Fuji. In the hotel, we used Bryce’s sly tactics, delicious cake and cool party hats to surprise Leigh for her birthday. When our waitress saw her hat, she also brought out a cheesecake for the occassion.

I also realized that I love Sapporo beer. Typically I am an ale drinker and the more hops the better, but I never know what to get when I am having sushi (which is something that is still fairly new to me, but I am getting more acquainted). This beer is perfect. It is light, but it is full bodied and it even tastes a bit fruity.

We were so stuffed by the time we left here that I don’t know how we made it through the rest of the night – but we did.

The next morning we found out what happens when five girls are cramped in one room and need to share one shower – by the time they get out for breakfast, they are famished.

For breakfast we went to Mims on Commercial Street.

It’s a cool place that is carved into the corner of a building and has a circular format. See this shot of the ceiling with the beams that jut out from the center? Mike, even though you weren’t there, I was tempted to ask you what you thought of this structure.

Yeah I hate all of this delicious food – aside from the few bites of my raspberry muffin that I gave away because it was too good not to share. The best part is that the coffee was great. And based on my experience in Portsmouth on our last weekend getaway, the coffee kind of makes or breaks a place for me (sorry Friendly Toast!).

And sorry Dominique – I didn’t really eat any seafood, aside from our sushi dinner, what’s wrong with me? I guess it didn’t necessarily occur to me to go out of my way to order it because I can always get great seafood in Boston.

I can’t believe I had never been to Portland before, but it was better late than never.

And I can’t forget to thank Lisa for reminding me of the names of some of the dishes we ate and the sushi restaurant!

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