Alton Brown played Portland tourist yesterday, taking a short break from his packed dining schedule to hit the Merrill Auditorium for "Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour."
Hey Portland, Maine (and surrounding towns)! Are you coming tonight? #AltonBrownLive pic.twitter.com/elYUHqBsFL— Alton Brown (@altonbrown) November 12, 2014
Brown made the most of his morning, starting with coffee from Bard Coffee, moving on to donuts from The Holy Donut, and tucking into "the quintessential Portland breakfast" at Becky's Diner.
Now I'm ready to start my day. Thanks, @bardcoffee #ABRoadEatsME #AltonBrownLive pic.twitter.com/t2McUENhVz— Alton Brown (@altonbrown) November 12, 2014
It's only natural to follow up coffee with Maine's potato doughnuts from The Holy Donut. #ABRoadEatsME pic.twitter.com/G1yw8ilU3b— Alton Brown (@altonbrown) November 12, 2014
I was told this was the quintessential Portland breakfast. I can absolutely see why, @Beckysdiner. #ABRoadEatsME pic.twitter.com/fR67UlfTq3— Alton Brown (@altonbrown) November 12, 2014
Later in the day, Brown dug the Lumberjack Love at Vena's Fizz House, the fried goodies at Susan's Fish and Chips, another cup of joe at Coffee by Design, and the poutine at Duckfat, which may have been too much for him to finish. There are reports he made it to additional, undocumented stops, including Rising Tide Brewing Company.
I might need another Lumberjack Love from @VenasFizzHouse before the end of today. #ABRoadEatsME #AltonBrownLive pic.twitter.com/R14HFoDety— Alton Brown (@altonbrown) November 12, 2014
Stopped at Susan's Fish-n-Chips for, well, fish and chips. #ABRoadEatsME #AltonBrownLive pic.twitter.com/ecPQGSN3OG— Alton Brown (@altonbrown) November 12, 2014
One more cup of joe before the show @CBDportland. #ABRoadEatsME #AltonBrownLive pic.twitter.com/uexkCFQ10A— Alton Brown (@altonbrown) November 12, 2014
Poutine 1- AB 0. These are so, so good @duckfatmaine. #ABRoadEatsME #AltonBrownLive pic.twitter.com/LHxWH0woLK— Alton Brown (@altonbrown) November 13, 2014
As if that line-up weren't enough to ward off the mightiest of munchies, before he even got to Portland, Brown kicked off the eternal debate: Where to get a fantastic lobster roll? The caveat: He only wanted recommendations in the Portland city limits.
Plenty of fans suggested eateries that are already closed for the season (Portland Lobster Company) or too far away (The Maine Diner in Wells, The Lobster Shack in Cape Elizabeth, Red's Eats in Wiscasset). Those who understood the parameters recommended either Eventide Oyster Co. or J's Oyster Bar.
What to do when faced with such a choice? A professional visits them both. Eventide took top honors, with Brown calling their oysters, fried oyster bun, and brown butter lobster roll the "Best bite(s) of the day."
Oh heck yeah @_JsOyster #ABRoadEatsME #AltonBrownLive pic.twitter.com/0mcZ5vm5kD— Alton Brown (@altonbrown) November 12, 2014
Best bite(s) of the day: @EventideOyster Oyster Bun, Brown Butter Lobster Roll and incredible oysters. #ABRoadEatsME pic.twitter.com/tX5RTtZSGD— Alton Brown (@altonbrown) November 13, 2014
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