Spirit Quest, Maine Restaurant Week’s self-guided tasting tour of downtown Portland, named Timber Steakhouse & Rotisserie winner of the bite-and-sip pairing, with TIQA coming in second. Fifteen other establishments, from the Armory Lounge to Zapoteca, welcomed Spirit Quest participants, who filled some of the restaurants to capacity on a Sunday afternoon and cast votes via text. Spirit Quest sold out. #MRW17
Jillian and Taylor Paine of South Portland.
The cucumber gin martini at Timber: half of the winning pairing.
And the other half of the winning pairing: Timber's gravlax and sweet corn blini.
Chef Christian Bassett of Timber Steakhouse & Rotisserie.
Heather Moffat of Brunswick and Cindy Tucci of Freeport at The Armory Lounge, which served scallop ceviche alongside spicy mango shots.
Half of the second-place pairing: the Cyprus Corndog at TIQA.
The sipper half of the TIQA pairing: Gigi Mall's Limonana, which she described as an "adult slush puppy."
Jennifer Russell of South Paris and Mandy Hoskins of Auburn.
Chef Bo Byrne of TIQA, the man behind those cultured corndogs.
David's served up mini fried oyster "po boys."
The men behind those fried oyster "po boys" at David's: Matt Caddell, Joe Dumais, David Turin and Will Beriau.
The Perfect Pearl cocktail at David's.
Tim and Robyn Donovan of Portland.
Liquid Riot served smoked duck sausage topped with pickled apple relish, Liquid Riot Old Port Bourbon glaze, hop mustard and a pretzel roll.
Eve's at the Garden impressed Spirit Questers with tuna nachos: a celery-dusted wonton with tuna tartar topped with a quail egg and Peruvian pepper sauce.
Ian Wallace, Jane Labriola, and Marialice, Hannah and Jenna Wallace.
Rebecca Vigliotta of South Portland accepts an "M. Smith Cocktail" sipper at Petite Jacqueline.
Bethany Hamilton of Raymond and Daise Elliott of Springvale.
Solo Italiano served focaccina bites stuffed with stracchino cheese and topped with proscuitto and honey.
Lacie and Bo Kennedy of Gorham with Kelsey Alley of Westbrook.
Boone's served oysters on the half shell paired with Rosemary Salty Dog sippers.
Karen Swinburne of Scarborough and Michele Meadows of Old Orchard Beach.
Steff Deschenes of Portland sipping an It's About Thyme at Crooners & Cocktails.
Kristen Flynn of South Portland and Emily Garland of Portland.
At the Press Hotel's Union, Kit Paschal served the Katahdin (walnut bourbon, Drambuie, Amaro Averna, fig syrup, Agnostura bitters).
Jennifer Gillies, Paige Streeter, Kim Guerin and Annie Gregori at Union.
Savory eclairs at The Grill Room.
Isidora Pucciarelli and Erika Rodrigue of Augusta.