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Updating the Eater Maine Heatmap, March 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: Easy Day in South Portland.

Did we miss your personal favorite blisteringly hot restaurant? By all means, let us know in the comments. Know of a hot upcoming opening? Hit up the tipline. The anonymous tip form is also there for all forms of correspondence.


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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Easy Day

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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.

2. 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.

3. Miyake Diner

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129 Spring St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 541-9175
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.

4. Top of The East

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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.

5. Empire Chinese Kitchen

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575 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101
Portland's first Chinese dim sum restaurant mixes the traditional (steamed pork buns, wonton soup) with the creative (pastrami egg rolls, bacon fried rice) in a hip environment.

6. Portland Hunt & Alpine Club

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75 Market Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 747-4754
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The craft cocktail bar from Andrew Volk showcases local spirits in a cool, modern space. The Scandinavian-influenced menu goes great with the drinks.

7. Piccolo

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111 Middle St
Portland, ME 04101
Damian Sansonetti puts his spin on country Italian food while his wife, Ilma Lopez, elevates traditional desserts with advanced techniques. There's an interesting and reasonably priced wine list, too.

8. Central Provisions

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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.

9. Verve

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89 Main St
Bangor, ME 04401
With everything from burritos (breakfast and traditional) to fruit smoothies to craft beer and draft wine, served in a hip and comfortable space, this downtown Bangor spot covers lots of eating and drinking needs.

10. 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. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. Empire Chinese Kitchen

575 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
Portland's first Chinese dim sum restaurant mixes the traditional (steamed pork buns, wonton soup) with the creative (pastrami egg rolls, bacon fried rice) in a hip environment.
575 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

6. Portland Hunt & Alpine Club

75 Market Street, Portland, ME 04101
The craft cocktail bar from Andrew Volk showcases local spirits in a cool, modern space. The Scandinavian-influenced menu goes great with the drinks.
75 Market Street
Portland, ME 04101

7. Piccolo

111 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101
Damian Sansonetti puts his spin on country Italian food while his wife, Ilma Lopez, elevates traditional desserts with advanced techniques. There's an interesting and reasonably priced wine list, too.
111 Middle St
Portland, ME 04101

8. 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

9. Verve

89 Main St, Bangor, ME 04401
With everything from burritos (breakfast and traditional) to fruit smoothies to craft beer and draft wine, served in a hip and comfortable space, this downtown Bangor spot covers lots of eating and drinking needs.
89 Main St
Bangor, ME 04401

10. 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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