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Updating The Eater Maine Burger Heatmap: May, 2013

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First presented during Burger Week last month, the Eater Maine Burger Heatmap is your guide to the best new burgers in the state. Some are from new restaurants, some are from older establishments that have added new burgers to their menus. Since its debut, more buzzed-about burgers have come on the scene, so it's time for an update. New to the Heatmap: the Fiery Calamari Burger from DiMillo's and the Patty Melt from The Porthole in Portland; the Fog House Burger from Fog Bar & Grill in Rockland. Here are ten smoking-hot burgers that are worth seeking out right now:


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. DiMillo's

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25 Long Wharf
Portland, ME 04101
Go to Portland's iconic floating restaurant for lunch to try chef Melissa Bouchard's Fiery Calamari Burger. It's an 8 oz. patty topped with cornmeal-dusted calamari, Sarachi aioli, lettuce, tomato, quick-pickled onion and pepper-jack cheese on a grilled challah roll.

2. The Porthole Restaurant & Pub

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20 Custom House Wharf
Portland, ME 04101
Like everything else on the menu at the revamped waterfront icon, chef Jesse Poirier's burger is a twist on a classic. Budget-priced, it ($7) starts with a locally raised beef patty and choice of cheese on a homemade bun. Add avocado, bacon or fried egg to jazz it up for just $1 more. Photo: Facebook

3. Little Tap House

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106 High St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 518-9283
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The West End's newest watering hole serves Pinelands Farm beef ground in-house with lettuce, tomato, pickle onion and choice of cheese.

4. In'finiti Fermentation & Distillation

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250 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 221-8889
Portland's super hot waterfront brewpub has a burger as distinctive as its steampunk-style decor: with slow-roasted tomato, sweet chili aioli and Cambozola cheese. Photo: The Golden Dish

5. Walter's

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2 Portland Square
Portland, ME 04101
Jeff Buerhaus' new bar menu features Kufta Lamb Bites: Greek-style lamb burgers, orange gelee, shiracha mayo and brie on mini potato rolls

6. Gather

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189 Main St.
Yarmouth, ME 04096
Grass fed beef makes the simple "Maine Burger" a favorite at Yarmouth's popular farm-style eatery. Photo: Cute Potato.

7. 3CROW Restaurant and Bar

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449 Main Street
Rockland, ME 04841
From the people that brought you Camden's 40 Paper, 3CROW focuses on comfort food from the American South. They also serve a tasty Double Burger: ground in-house with sharp cheddar, local tomato and tobacco onions.

8. L & H Burgers

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313 Main Street
Rockland, ME 04841
This family friendly burger joint will celebrate its first anniversary in June. Among its "From the Masters" choices is the “Ragun Cajun: blackened smoked bacon, fried onion strings, cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, and buttermilk ranch. Photo: From Away.

9. Fog Bar & Cafe

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328 Main St
Rockland, me 04841
This recent addition to Rockland's kicked-up food scene gets raves for its House Burger - topped with bacon jam, Gruyere and Tabasco-soaked onion rings on a house-made potato stout roll. Photo: Foursquare

10. Fromviandoux

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20 Washington Street
Camden, ME 04843
The atmosphere is more afternoon tea than pub, but the burger, with caramelized red onions and aioli, is noteworthy nonetheless.

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1. DiMillo's

25 Long Wharf, Portland, ME 04101
Go to Portland's iconic floating restaurant for lunch to try chef Melissa Bouchard's Fiery Calamari Burger. It's an 8 oz. patty topped with cornmeal-dusted calamari, Sarachi aioli, lettuce, tomato, quick-pickled onion and pepper-jack cheese on a grilled challah roll.
25 Long Wharf
Portland, ME 04101

2. The Porthole Restaurant & Pub

20 Custom House Wharf, Portland, ME 04101
Like everything else on the menu at the revamped waterfront icon, chef Jesse Poirier's burger is a twist on a classic. Budget-priced, it ($7) starts with a locally raised beef patty and choice of cheese on a homemade bun. Add avocado, bacon or fried egg to jazz it up for just $1 more. Photo: Facebook
20 Custom House Wharf
Portland, ME 04101

3. Little Tap House

106 High St, Portland, ME 04101
The West End's newest watering hole serves Pinelands Farm beef ground in-house with lettuce, tomato, pickle onion and choice of cheese.
106 High St
Portland, ME 04101

4. In'finiti Fermentation & Distillation

250 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101
Portland's super hot waterfront brewpub has a burger as distinctive as its steampunk-style decor: with slow-roasted tomato, sweet chili aioli and Cambozola cheese. Photo: The Golden Dish
250 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101

5. Walter's

2 Portland Square, Portland, ME 04101
Jeff Buerhaus' new bar menu features Kufta Lamb Bites: Greek-style lamb burgers, orange gelee, shiracha mayo and brie on mini potato rolls
2 Portland Square
Portland, ME 04101

6. Gather

189 Main St., Yarmouth, ME 04096
Grass fed beef makes the simple "Maine Burger" a favorite at Yarmouth's popular farm-style eatery. Photo: Cute Potato.
189 Main St.
Yarmouth, ME 04096

7. 3CROW Restaurant and Bar

449 Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841
From the people that brought you Camden's 40 Paper, 3CROW focuses on comfort food from the American South. They also serve a tasty Double Burger: ground in-house with sharp cheddar, local tomato and tobacco onions.
449 Main Street
Rockland, ME 04841

8. L & H Burgers

313 Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841
This family friendly burger joint will celebrate its first anniversary in June. Among its "From the Masters" choices is the “Ragun Cajun: blackened smoked bacon, fried onion strings, cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, and buttermilk ranch. Photo: From Away.
313 Main Street
Rockland, ME 04841

9. Fog Bar & Cafe

328 Main St, Rockland, me 04841
This recent addition to Rockland's kicked-up food scene gets raves for its House Burger - topped with bacon jam, Gruyere and Tabasco-soaked onion rings on a house-made potato stout roll. Photo: Foursquare
328 Main St
Rockland, me 04841

10. Fromviandoux

20 Washington Street, Camden, ME 04843
The atmosphere is more afternoon tea than pub, but the burger, with caramelized red onions and aioli, is noteworthy nonetheless.
20 Washington Street
Camden, ME 04843

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