Sunday April 20th 2014

Eat

Portland
Po’ Boys & Pickles
// InfoOpen 10:30 am-9 pm Mon-Sun
poboysandpickles.com
// At a glance

The linoleum isn't worn, the framed photographs of New Orleans aren't faded, and there's no trombone or trumpet player getting folks dancing and leading them out into the street for an impromptu second line parade. But Po' Boys & Pickles serves up the real stuff nonetheless and it's all so good.

Portland
Federal Spice
// InfoOpen Mon-Sat 11 am-8 pm; Sun closed
www.facebook.com
// At a glance

Federal Spice is home to some of the most innovative takeout grub in Portland, from the calabaza pumpkin rice soft tacos to a chili with a Thai peanut flavor. The funky eatery on the edge of the Old Port has established a reputation for creative and tasty food. But maybe what's most remarkable is how inexpensive these eclectic dishes are - and how good the homemade tortilla chips and sweet potato fries are

Portland
Silly’s Restaurant
// InfoOpen Tue-Fri 11:30 am-9 pm; Sat & Sun 9 am-9 pm; closed Mon
www.sillys.com
// At a glance

Silly's is a funky, colorful place with a creative, eclectic menu, located at the base of Munjoy Hill in the city's East End. The Abdullah Wraps are over-stuffed wraps with names like Inner Peace (spinach, cheese, scallions, smoked pulled pork and barbecue sauce) and the Diesel (American cheese, coleslaw, pickle, chips, smoked pulled pork and barbecue sauce.) Dinners, burgers and pizzas are equally creative. One pizza has Thai peanut sauce and chicken. The milkshakes are a specialty too, including an "Elvis" with peanut butter and banana.

Portland
Hot Suppa
// InfoOpen for breakfast and lunch, 7 am-2 pm Mon-Sat and 7:30 am-2 pm Sun;  dinner 5-9:15 pm Tue-Sat
www.hotsuppa.com
// At a glance

There's a lot of reasons people in Portland love going to Hot Suppa. Here's one of them: breakfast arrives on a big blue platter in what seems like two minutes flat, and it's fresh, hot and delicious. There's local art on the walls and hot sauce on the tables. If you feel the need for a little hair of the dog, they do serve some eye-openers such as mimosas, a Cajun Bloody Mary and "The Dude."

Portland
Susan’s Fish-N-Chips
// InfoOpen 11 am-8 pm Sat-Thur; 11 am-9 pm Fri
susansfishnchips.com
// At a glance

It's been a Portland institution since 1989. Susan's "Chowdah," which is made fresh daily, comes in three sizes, with prices ranging from $2.99 to $4.99. The displays of old fishing gear and kitschy decor comes free.

Wiscasset
Le Garage
// InfoOpn 11 am-8 pm Tue-Thur; 11 am-8:30 pm Fri & Sat; 9:30 am-8 pm Sun (includes brunch)
legaragerestaurant.com
// At a glance

Le Garage, boasting panoramic water views of the Sheepscot River from many tables (ask to dine on the porch), offers a long list of well-prepared classic dishes in a comfortable and expansive space. Don't expect cutting-edge gastronomy, but do keep an eye out for Le Garage's special menus, because you might be pleasantly surprised. Under the auspices of a new chef, the menu is evolving.

Portland
Maelily Ryleigh’s
// InfoOpen 5:30 am-2 pm Mon-Fri; 6 am-1 pm Sat & Sun
www.facebook.com
// At a glance

Back when it was known as Kathy and Dave's, this place drew commendation for its low prices, good food and friendly neighborhood service. And now that it is known poetically as Maelily Ryleighs, it still has low prices, good food and friendly service.

Camden
Natalie’s at the Camden Harbour Inn
// InfoOpen 5:30-9:30 pm (last reservation) Tue-Sat until June; Mon-Sat in June; daily in July and August
www.nataliesrestaurant.com
// At a glance

Paris meets New England in splendid fashion at Natalie's, where chef Geoffrey Deconinck delivers inspired but accessible dishes using the best of Maine's seasonal farm and seafood offerings. The prices may give some pause, but dinner here is a memorable event. Every morsel is exquisitely prepared, the European atmosphere gorgeous yet comfortable, and the service impeccable. Not a detail is overlooked.

Portland
Katie Made Bakery
// InfoOpen 8 am-5 pm Tue-Fri; 8 am to 2 pm Sat
www.katiemadebakery.com
// At a glance

Along with its tempting, served-all-day breakfast sandwiches made with Blue Bell farm-fresh eggs, Katie Made offers three daily lunch sandwich specials. And it is indeed a bakery, boasting mouth-watering offerings of cheesecakes, layer cakes, pies, brownies, cupcakes, cookies and more.

Portland
Ohno Cafe
// InfoOpen 6:30 am-8:30 pm Tue-Fri; 8 am-8 pm Sat; 8 am-6 pm Sun
www.ohnocafe.com
// At a glance

Situated in Portland's West End, Cafe Ohno offers specialty breakfast sandwiches with ingredients such as maple glazed prosciutto, avocado, smoked Atlantic salmon, sriracha (a type of hot sauce), cucumber and grilled hanger streak. And lunch? Try the mango bourbon barbecue pulled pork sandwich.