Don’t plan on dining out Tuesdays in Portland at some of our finest and most popular restaurants, because many of them are closed.
It’s an odd schedule when you’d think restaurateurs, chefs and service staff would prefer to be closed on Mondays – a day in the week that is traditionally slow for restaurants nationwide. This would give staff days off on Sunday (when many restaurants are closed) and Monday, time enough to recuperate over a two-day period.
Mondays used to be a perilous time to eat in restaurants because food deliveries arrived on Fridays. Unless the restaurant’s refrigeration units were in top form you’d run the risk of getting stuck with old, nearly spoiled food.
I remember a time long ago when I was in a London seafood restaurant on a Monday and by the time I got back to my hotel, I was deathly sick with gastrointestinal turbulence. The clerk at the hotel advised, “Never have fish on Mondays.”
Many of Portland’s restaurants are open 7 days a week, with the occasional few closed on Sundays, Mondays or Tuesdays.
Here’s a list (not definitive) of our most popular eateries with various hours of operation.
Fore Street: Open daily
Tiqa: Open daily
Ebb and Flow: Closed Sunday
Lolita: Closed Tuesday
Sur-Lie: Closed Sunday
Back Bay Grill: Closed Sunday
Isa: Closed Tuesday
The Rooms (Boone’s, Front Room, Corner Room, Grill Room): Open daily
Hugo’s: Closed on Sunday
Eventide: Open daily
East Ender: Open daily
Empire Chinese: Closed Tuesday
Miyake Fore Street: Closed Sunday
Pai Men Miyake: Open daily
Central Provisions: Open Daily
Five Fifty Five: Open daily
Petite Jacqueline: Open Daily
Walter’s: Closed Sunday
Caiola’s: Closed for dinner on Sunday but open for brunch
Piccolo: Closed Monday and Tuesday; brunch only Sunday
Boda: Open daily
Bao Bao: Closed Monday