Portland, Maine is the perfect weekend getaway and a seafood lovers paradise. The city has gained much recognition in the past few years-- and with good reason. The food scene here is incredible, whether lobster rolls are your thing, or not, Portland has some of the best restaurants on the East Coast.
We began our morning with a stop at The Holy Donut. I heard a lot of hype about this place before our visit, and let me tell ya, the hype is real. Don't be fooled by the potato flour, the donuts are delicious and taste nothing like the spuds you would expect. We tried the coconut (my fav), triple berry, coffee brandy, pomegranate, dark chocolate, and the "mom-isa" (it was Mother's Day weekend).
We spent the afternoon wandering on Commercial Street all the way to Fort Allen Park. From the top, we enjoyed the views of the waterfront and took in the sights.
After a busy afternoon walking around the city, we built up quite the appetite and headed to the highly talked about Duckfat. As expected, there was about a 30-40 minute wait, so we walked next door to East Ender for a drink. The upstairs lounge had a great ambiance and the prosecco was refreshing. Definitely stop by during your wait!
After much anticipation, we ordered the large duckfat fries with truffle ketchup and garlic aioli. We also ordered a caprese panini and split between the two of us. The fries were crispy and delicious. Everything I could have hoped for and more. No trip to Portland is complete without a visit here. Don't let the wait discourage you, it's definitely worth it.
Portland has quite the thriving beer scene. The city earned the top spot by having the most per-capita breweries and bars. We headed to Shipyard Brewing and enjoyed our beer flights complete with tea infused brews. They have quite the selection to choose from and taste. We missed the tour, but they also offer those, as well.
We ended our action packed day with dinner at Scales Restaurant. It's a great, open space with high ceilings and beautiful views of the waterfront. He got the steak, I got the halibut, and we both ended the night with full, happy, tummies.
And if you have time, head over to Beals Ice Cream. They have an abundance of ice cream flavors (I recommend the black raspberry).
Until next time, Portland!