by Kristy & Friends
Kristen just moved back to the Northeast, so I compiled a list of my favorite things in Portland hoping to inspire her… and asked a few friends to do the same.
Zack’s Portland Awards:
Best dog-friendly beach: East End Beach
Best dive bar with late night food: Ruski’s (West End)
Best bar (and best beer selection in New England): Novare Res (Old Port)
Homegrown Tea Shop on (Munjoy Hill) — guaranteed coziness
Best coffee shop — Hilltop Coffee (Munjoy Hill)
Best soup: Kamasouptra (Monument Square, upstairs in the public market)
Best place to encounter crazy people: Around Joe’s Smoke Shop (congress st.)
Best place to hang out for hours without buying much: Upstairs at the Public Market.
Best grilled peanut butter and fluff sandwich: Upstairs at the Public Market
Best place for fried pickles and/or milkshakes (and many other great things): Silly’s (Washington Ave/munjoy)
Best place to watch the sunset — Eastern Prom.
Mondays (Bluegrass night) at the Empire (Congress St.)
Thursdays (Bluegrass night) at Gritty McDuffs (Old Port)
Most intimate music venue (folk/blues): Blue
Best music venue for a fairly big act: State Theater
Everything at the Space Gallery is awesome! — concerts, lectures, films….
Free admission to art museum every Friday night.
Best bowling (I hear): Bayside Bowl
Best local alternative publication: The Bollard.com
Best place to be if Portland is once again burned down by the British navy: Fort Gorges.
Best breakfast: Front Room (Munjoy Hill)
Best hair salon: Options Hair Studio (Old Port)
Kristy’s Portland Favorites:
Food & Drink:
-Sushi: Miyake, Fuji
-brunch at Bintliff’s
-Best Bagels: Mr Bagel
-Coffee: coffee by design, Bard coffee
-dive bars: Rosie’s, Bubba’s silky lounge, J’s Oyster, Amigos
-Pubs: Gritty’s, Brian Boru’s (live music often), Bull Feeney’s, RiRa, Sebago Brewing
– bars with better drinks: Empire, Novare Res, Local 188, Sonny’s
-nice restaurants: 555, The Front Room (and other ‘Rooms’), Street & Co, Fore Street, Bresca, Evangeline, Hugos, Bar Lola (lots of good ones on Munjoy Hill…and lots of great spots popping up all around Portland, all the time!)
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