While Washington Avenue has become a popular restaurant destination of late, Red Sea has been holding it down for years as a restaurant locals love - particularly Portland’s African community, which reflects the growing diversity of new Mainers. Red Sea features an Ethiopian/Eritrean menu with a wide array of vegetarian, gluten, and dairy-free options as well as homemade meat-filled sambusas, lentil stews, and injera for a taste of what Maine has to offer besides breweries and lobster rolls (though those are great, too).

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The 22 Best Restaurants In Portland, ME

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