When you’re in Portland, there are two things you have to do: theorize about what Stephen King’s childhood was like and attempt to eat your body weight in lobster and oysters. For the latter, head to Eventide Oyster Company, which serves some of the best seafood in the city. This small oyster bar near the East End carries 20 different types of bivalves, along with one of the most popular lobster rolls in town, which is served with brown butter in a steamed bun rather than the typical hot dog bun. Other dishes have twists with a similar spirit: the lobster stew involves green curry and fried oysters come with Korean BBQ sauce. This should be your first stop in town and while there’s always a wait, it’ll be worth it once you’re sitting outside with some oysters and a cocktail in front of you.
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