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."
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.
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."
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