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Portland's Nine Most Iconic Dishes

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In addition to "Where should we eat in Portland?" the second-most-asked question we hear is " Whatshould we eat in Portland?" Tourists get the easy answers - a classic steamed lobster dinner and freshly shucked local oysters – but beyond those, the decision gets more complicated. Adding to the conundrum: because so many of Portland's best restaurants change their menus to match what's freshest and in season at the moment, delicious choices come and go. But we gave it a shot to come up with this list of the Port City's most iconic, must-try-before-you-die dishes - or if you're a visitor, at least before you go home. Sure, you’ll find some lobster, but why shouldn’t Portland chefs make good use of our famous crustacean? Did we leave out your favorite(s)? Save your shouting for the comments, please.

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1. Lobster Carbonara: The Farmer's Table

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205 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101

2. Omekase Tasting: Miyake

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468 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101

3. Apocalypse Now Burger: Nosh Kitchen Bar

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551 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

4. Belgian Fries: Duckfat

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43 Middle St
Portland, ME 04101

5. Seafood Paella: Local 188

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685 Congress St
Portland, ME 04102

6. Salumi Antipasto: Vignola Cinque Terre

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10 Dana St
Portland, ME 04101

7. Wood Roasted Mussels: Fore Street

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288 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101

8. Sicilian Slab: Micucci’s Grocery

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45 India St
Portland, ME 04101

9. Truffled Lobster Mac & Cheese: Five-Fifty-Five

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555 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

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1. Lobster Carbonara: The Farmer's Table

205 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101
205 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101

2. Omekase Tasting: Miyake

468 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101
468 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101

3. Apocalypse Now Burger: Nosh Kitchen Bar

551 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
551 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

4. Belgian Fries: Duckfat

43 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101
43 Middle St
Portland, ME 04101

5. Seafood Paella: Local 188

685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102
685 Congress St
Portland, ME 04102

6. Salumi Antipasto: Vignola Cinque Terre

10 Dana St, Portland, ME 04101
10 Dana St
Portland, ME 04101

7. Wood Roasted Mussels: Fore Street

288 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101
288 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101

8. Sicilian Slab: Micucci’s Grocery

45 India St, Portland, ME 04101
45 India St
Portland, ME 04101

9. Truffled Lobster Mac & Cheese: Five-Fifty-Five

555 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
555 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

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