As is tradition at Eater, we close the year with a survey of food writers, bloggers, and industry experts. We posed eight questions, from meal of the year to top restaurant newcomers. All will be answered by the time we turn off the lights at the end of 2015. Responses have been cut, pasted, and largely unedited. Readers, please add your survey answers in the comments.
Q: What was Maine's best dining neighborhood in 2015?
Susan Axelrod, Portland Press Herald:
Portland's West End still has it going on.
Joe Ricchio, Dispatch magazine:
Rob Schatz, Eating Portland Alive blog:
My bubble of peninsulation.
Emily Burnham, Bangor Daily News:
Between Boda, Pai Men Miyake, Empire Chinese Kitchen, Otto, Hot Suppa, Tandem Bakery, and Nosh all being within a ten minute walk of each other, I could probably just eat on Congress Street forever and never get tired of it.
Kathy Gunst, cookbook author:
Kate McCarty, The Blueberry Files blog, Eater Maine contributor:
Inner Washington Avenue in Portland.
Don Lindgren, Rabelais Books:
The Middle Kingdom.
Karen Watterson, Maine magazine:
Kathleen Pierce, Bangor Daily News:
John Golden, The Golden Dish blog:
Every Portland neighborhood has its own particular restaurant row; used to be Longfellow Square and Middle Street but dining neighborhoods are boundless.
Paul Koenig, Old Port magazine:
West End/Longfellow Square.
Claire Jeffers, MaineToday:
East End, but I'm biased.
Rachel Forrest, Seacoast Online:
Kittery Foreside. It's getting better each year. There are dive bars and more fancypants spots and I can just walk around and have a dish and drink in each place if I like, which I guess is the definition of dining neighborhood. I can also take in some music at the Dance Hall or Buoy.