Drifter’s Wife is the kind of spot where you stop by just for a glass of natural wine at the bar, and end up staying all night. It’s attached to a wine store called Maine & Loire, and while that might make it first and foremost a place to drink great wine, it’s also very much a place to eat very good seasonal food. We’d recommend it for a low-key night that’ll still be one of the most exciting dinners you have in Portland.
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Izakaya Minato on Washington Ave.’s menu includes sashimi, fried chicken, and udon for when you want Japanese food and are also being indecisive.
Oxbow Blending and Bottling
Oxbow is a brewery in Portland with food from the Duckfat people that stays open late on the weekends, unlike most spots in this town.
This all-day spot in Munjoy Hill is a great option for brunch, Happy Hour, and dinner, serving everything from pasta to a very solid burger.
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When you need to get away from the Old Port, head to Isa in Bayside for pasta, seafood, and some quiet.
The Portland Hunt + Alpine Club
We’re not sure whether to call the Portland Hunt & Alpine Club a bar or a restaurant, but fortunately this Scandinavian spot works well as either.
Central Provisions in the Old Port does small plates better than most, with a wide-ranging menu and a bar downstairs.
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The Back Bay Grill
Back Bay Grill in Bayside is an upscale spot with classic dishes like fresh seafood and pasta, and is perfect for a celebratory meal.
Boda in the West End serves some of the best Thai food in Portland, and serves food until 1am everyday.
The Shop By Island Creek Oyster
Island Creek Oysters harvest some of the world’s best oysters and The Shop is where they offer a selection to the people of Portland.
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