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Updating the Eater Maine Heatmap, April 2014

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right freaking now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot. And while the Eater 18 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the state, it is not a chronicle of the 'it' places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to always highlight where the crowds are flocking to at the moment. New to this update: Mill 67 in Sanford, the reopened Palace Diner in Biddeford and Fresh, now under new ownership in Camden.

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12/6/12 Added: Gather, Yarmouth; Tao, Brunswick; Zen Bistro, Buck's Naked BBQ and David's Opus Ten, Portland.
1/3/13 Added: Otto (Arts District), Portland
2/7/13 Added: Owen's Farmhouse, Kennebunk
4/4/13 Added: In'finiti Fermentation & Distillation, The North Point, Little Tap House, Blue Rooster Food Co.,
7/11/13 Added: David's KPT, Hugo's, Seabright
8/1/13 Added: Portland & Rochester Public House, MJ's Wine Bar
9/5/13 Added: Elsmere BBQ & Wood Grill, Salvage BBQ, Boone's Fish House & Oyster Room, Portland Hunt & Alpine Club
10/3/13 Added: Piccolo, Empire Chinese Kitchen, b.good
11/7/13 Added: Seaport Fish and Orchid Thai
12/5/13 Added: Verve and Otto (South Portland)
1/2/14 Added: Top of the East and Vinland
2/6/14 Added: Central Provisions, Miyake Diner, Blaze (Bangor)
3/6/14 Added: Easy Day
4/3/14 Added: Mill 67, Palace Diner and Fresh

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mill 67

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61 Washington Street
Sanford, ME 04073
(207) 324-6767
Situated in the renovated Sanford Mill overlooking the Mousam River, Mill 67 offers a locally-focused menu of gourmet pub food in an industrial-chic setting. It gives the unheralded Sanford dining scene an exciting new option.

2. Palace Diner

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18 Franklin St
Biddeford, ME 04005
(207) 284-0015
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Chad Conley and Greg Mitchell reopened Maine's oldest diner, keeping the classic feel while elevating the menu with scratch-made diner standards, like corned beef that's brined and braised in-house using local, grass-fed beef.

3. Easy Day

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725 Broadway
South Portland, ME 04106
(207) 200-2226
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A bowling alley, restaurant and lounge all in one, this spot offers diners water views. There's a focus on fresh, local ingredients, "Detroit-style" pizza (with the sauce over the toppings and cheese), 10 lanes to bowl and a full bar with a solid draft beer selection.

4. Vinland

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593 Congress Street
Portland, ME
(207) 653-8617
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David Levi's restaurant is taking local to a whole new level. The food is 100% locally sourced, organic and gluten-free. That means there are no kitchen staples like black pepper, olive oil or lemons. There are creative, beautiful plates served from the open kitchen.

5. Miyake Diner

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129 Spring St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 541-9175
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The original Miyake Food Factory has been reborn as a 16-seat izakaya-style sake bar. With local food celeb Joe Ricchio on the bar most nights and an all-star crew in the kitchen, Masa Miyake's latest venture has generated a huge buzz despite its diminutive size.

6. Top of The East

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157 High St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 775-5411
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There's no better spot in Portland for a drink with a view. The landmark lounge is open again after an expansion and renovation. The hotel on which it sits atop received a $50 million makeover.

7. Central Provisions

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414 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 805-1085
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Chris Gould's brand new Old Port spot features a wide-ranging small plates menu, pre-Prohibition cocktails, an impressive wine program and local craft beers on tap, all in a beautifully renovated space that captures the character of the historic building in which it resides.

8. Fresh

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1 Bayview Lndg
Camden, ME 04843
(207) 236-7005
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During the off-season, chef Steve Steeves and his wife bought and renovated the waterfront restaurant. The revamped and reinvigorated menu has Mediterranean and Balkan influences and showcases fresh, local ingredients.

9. Blaze

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18 Broad St
Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 922-2660
Matt Haskell's second Blaze (the other is in Bar Harbor) is an ambitious restaurant, offering up a menu of wood-grilled steaks and seafood, wood-fired pizzas, a raw bar and lots more, along with huge wine and draft beer lists, and craft cocktails. The extensive renovation produced a sleek space unlike anything else in town.

1. Mill 67

61 Washington Street, Sanford, ME 04073
Situated in the renovated Sanford Mill overlooking the Mousam River, Mill 67 offers a locally-focused menu of gourmet pub food in an industrial-chic setting. It gives the unheralded Sanford dining scene an exciting new option.
61 Washington Street
Sanford, ME 04073

2. Palace Diner

18 Franklin St, Biddeford, ME 04005
Chad Conley and Greg Mitchell reopened Maine's oldest diner, keeping the classic feel while elevating the menu with scratch-made diner standards, like corned beef that's brined and braised in-house using local, grass-fed beef.
18 Franklin St
Biddeford, ME 04005

3. Easy Day

725 Broadway, South Portland, ME 04106
A bowling alley, restaurant and lounge all in one, this spot offers diners water views. There's a focus on fresh, local ingredients, "Detroit-style" pizza (with the sauce over the toppings and cheese), 10 lanes to bowl and a full bar with a solid draft beer selection.
725 Broadway
South Portland, ME 04106

4. Vinland

593 Congress Street, Portland, ME
David Levi's restaurant is taking local to a whole new level. The food is 100% locally sourced, organic and gluten-free. That means there are no kitchen staples like black pepper, olive oil or lemons. There are creative, beautiful plates served from the open kitchen.
593 Congress Street
Portland, ME

5. Miyake Diner

129 Spring St, Portland, ME 04101
The original Miyake Food Factory has been reborn as a 16-seat izakaya-style sake bar. With local food celeb Joe Ricchio on the bar most nights and an all-star crew in the kitchen, Masa Miyake's latest venture has generated a huge buzz despite its diminutive size.
129 Spring St
Portland, ME 04101

6. Top of The East

157 High St, Portland, ME 04101
There's no better spot in Portland for a drink with a view. The landmark lounge is open again after an expansion and renovation. The hotel on which it sits atop received a $50 million makeover.
157 High St
Portland, ME 04101

7. Central Provisions

414 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101
Chris Gould's brand new Old Port spot features a wide-ranging small plates menu, pre-Prohibition cocktails, an impressive wine program and local craft beers on tap, all in a beautifully renovated space that captures the character of the historic building in which it resides.
414 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101

8. Fresh

1 Bayview Lndg, Camden, ME 04843
During the off-season, chef Steve Steeves and his wife bought and renovated the waterfront restaurant. The revamped and reinvigorated menu has Mediterranean and Balkan influences and showcases fresh, local ingredients.
1 Bayview Lndg
Camden, ME 04843

9. Blaze

18 Broad St, Bangor, ME 04401
Matt Haskell's second Blaze (the other is in Bar Harbor) is an ambitious restaurant, offering up a menu of wood-grilled steaks and seafood, wood-fired pizzas, a raw bar and lots more, along with huge wine and draft beer lists, and craft cocktails. The extensive renovation produced a sleek space unlike anything else in town.
18 Broad St
Bangor, ME 04401

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