This place has two locations in Portland and both of them serve excellent potato donuts, which are just a slightly denser version of the donuts you’re probably used to. Their flavors are all over the place and they usually have 20-30 options available, like pomegranate, maple bacon, and our personal favorite, chocolate sea salt. Stop by either of The Holy Donut shops for breakfast, or when you need a midday snack. There’ll be a line regardless of when you go, but it’s always worth it. And if you need some caffeine while you wait, Bard Coffee is located just a block up from the Old Port location.
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Central Provisions in the Old Port does small plates better than most, with a wide-ranging menu and a bar downstairs.
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.
Maps is a basement bar on Market St. where you’ll find vintage furniture, a vinyl collection your dad would envy, and plenty of beer.
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Eventide Oyster Co.
Come to this small oyster bar for an excellent twist on the lobster roll and some of the best, most interesting takes on seafood in town.
When you need to get away from the Old Port, head to Isa in Bayside for pasta, seafood, and some quiet.
When you need to eat something that isn’t seafood, head to Salvage BBQ in West End for some classic barbecue, homemade pies, and live music.
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