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  • Follow the scent of skillet-fried chicken to new Figgy’s Takeout in Portland’s West End

    The fried chicken is not as crispy as I thought it would be, but the flavor is very good and the pieces are so incredibly juicy – juicy, not greasy – that you'll need a napkin between bites. Read on

  • Stunning atmosphere and as farm-to-fork as you can get at Earth in Kennebunkport

    The atmosphere is impressive, with walls built with trees cut from the property, a preserved apple tree dangling from the ceiling, and a massive floor-to-ceiling display of liquor bottles behind the bar. You won't find better service, cocktails, wine or bar eats anywhere else. Read on

  • Dave gives this weekend’s Great Falls Brewfest in Lewiston a whole-hearted endorsement

    The list of brewers contains most of Maine's biggest names. Attendees can expect to drink beer from, among other Maine breweries, Allagash, Banded Horn, Barreled Souls, Bissell Brothers, Foundation, Rising Tide, Sebago, and, naturally, Baxter Brewing Company. Just reading that list over makes me feel warm inside. Read on

  • Dining Guide: 5 Portland-area newcomers to try

    And the hits just keep coming: In Bayside, outer Brighton Avenue, and the former headquarters of this newspaper, new restaurants are making their mark. Read on

  • Lobster shack season: 21 authentic places to eat Maine seafood

    A quintessential sign that the long Maine winter has finally come to an end is the reemergence of lobster shacks, to the delight of locals and visitors alike. Read on

  • 9 Maine food and drink events to jump start your summer

    It's June, which in Maine means the days are (mostly) warm enough to be outside without a jacket and feet are slipping back into flip-flops. It's also when you can eat and drink to help hungry kids, learn to make cheese, and drink lots and lots of local beer. Read on

  • Take it outside: 59 outdoor decks and patios to drink in the sun

    Feel that? It's called the sun. It's nice, isn't it? Take advantage of the rays and warm weather and have your drink outside on one of the sweet decks at these Maine bars and restaurants, because cocktails always taste better outside: Read on

  • Campfire gourmet: How to eat well in the woods

    While food seems to always taste better outdoors, this food tastes particularly delicious when eaten under the stars. The fact that it's already delicious probably helps some. Read on

  • Dining Guide: 5 seasonal restaurants now open in and around Portland

    Maine winters are long and spring is almost nonexistent, but a sure sign that our precious summer has finally arrived is the opening of seasonal restaurants. Here are five local favorites for casual and fine dining. Read on

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