SLSA ’07 in Portland, Maine


Some Recommended Restaurants and Coffeehouses

 

Lunch
(a five- to ten-minute walk from the hotel)

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Artemisia Café
61 Pleasant St.  MAP 
Phone: 761-0135
Great, creative organic salads, sandwiches, juices, desserts.

Aurora Provisions (not in the direction of the Old Port)
64 Pine St.  MAP 
Phone: 871-9060
Specialty food store and café. Superb selection of sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts, and drinks.

Bangkok Thai
671 Congress St.  MAP 
Phone: 879-4089
Best Thai in town. Really good fish things.

Bonobo Pizza
Corner of Pine & Brackett Sts.  MAP 
Phone: 347-8267
Very popular new place (often crowded). Great wood-oven pizza. Lots of local ingredients. Also serves by the slice.

Browne Trading Company
262 Commercial Street  MAP 
Phone: 775-7560
Nice soups, smoked fish, gourmet items, but no place to sit.

Dogfish Bar & Grille
128 Free Street  MAP 
Phone: 772-5483
Good beers, crab cakes, burgers, soups.

Gilbert’s Chowder House
92 Commercial St.  MAP 
Phone: 871-5636
A local joint for seafood; great chowders, lobster rolls, and fried seafood.

Market Street Eats
30 Market St.  MAP 
Phone: 773-3135
Best wraps in town (they use homemade lavash bread).

Miyake
129 Spring St.  MAP 
Phone: 871-9170
Excellent sushi. Tiny place with hip, minimalist décor. Try the amazing green tea tiramisu.

Norm’s Bar & Grille
617 Congress St.  MAP 
Phone: 828-9944
Popular neighborhood bar & grill.

O’Naturals
83 Exchange St.  MAP 
Phone: 321-2050
Natural and organic “fast food.” Large menu.

Portland Lobster Co
180 Commercial St.  MAP 
Phone: 775-2112
No nonsense lobster rolls and fried seafood. Not much seating, better to take to go.

Yosaku
1 Danforth St.  MAP 
Phone: 780-0880
Great sushi and Japanese fish dishes.

 

 Dinner
(short walk unless otherwise noted)

Many restaurants in Portland tend to stop serving relatively early, around 9.30pm. Reservations are strongly recommended for dining at these establishments, as they tend to be booked on Friday and Saturday evenings. We recommend placing reservations even two weeks in advance.

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Bangkok Thai
671 Congress St.  MAP 
Phone: 879-4089
Best Thai in town. Really good fish things.

Bar Lola (quick cab ride)
100 Congress St.  MAP 
Phone: 775-5652
Mod, hip space with international tapas (small, medium, and large sizes). Fabulous cocktails, like the sage margarita.

Bibo’s Madd Apple Café
23 Forest Ave.  MAP 
Phone: 774-9698
Eclectic.

The Blue Spoon (quick cab ride)
89 Congress St.  MAP 
Phone: 773-1116
Cozy, funky, hip little place with an original and global menu.

Bonobo Pizza
Corner of Pine & Brackett Sts.  MAP 
Phone: 347-8267
Very popular new place (often crowded). Great wood-oven pizza. Lots of local ingredients. Also serves by the slice.

Bresca
111 Middle St.  MAP 
Phone: 772-1433
Superb Mediterranean cuisine, primarily Italian; handmade pasta, sophisticated menu changing with the seasons, quantity options (many main courses can be portioned as appetizers); small and cozy space with a lovely atmosphere.
>>>Arielle’s favorite new restaurant.

Caiola’s
58 Pine St.  MAP 
Phone: 772-1110
European countryside vibe; changing menu, warm atmosphere, great wine menu, wide variety of delicious, rich food--from mac n' cheese with arugala and truffle oil, to exquisite paella.

David’s
22 Monument Sq.  MAP 
Phone: 773-4340
American. Eclectic. Lots of fish.

Dogfish Bar & Grille
128 Free Street  MAP 
Phone: 772-5483
Good beers, crab cakes, burgers, soups. Live jazz on Fridays. Live music on Saturdays.

Duckfat
43 Middle St.  MAP 
Phone: 774-8080
Unique bistro food—excellent fries with truffle oil ketchup, milkshakes, salads, grilled sandwiches.

Flatbread Co.
72 Commercial St.  MAP 
Phone: 772-8777
Excellent natural pizza prepared from a wood-fired clay oven.

The Front Room (quick cab ride)
73 Congress St.  MAP 
Phone: 773-3366
Popular, energetic spot with rich, well-prepared comfort food (burgers, crabcakes, steak, scallops, etc.).

Katahdin Restaurant
106 High St.  MAP 
Phone: 774-1740

Local 188
685 Congress St.  MAP 
Phone: 761-7909
Tapas-style bistro and gallery.

Mim's
205 Commercial St.  MAP 
Phone: 347-7478
Eclectic, delicious cuisine and great drinks.

Miyake
129 Spring St.  MAP 
Phone: 871-9170
Excellent sushi. Tiny place with hip, minimalist décor. Try the amazing green tea tiramisu.

Norm's Bar & Grille
617 Congress St.  MAP 
Phone: 828-9944
Popular neighborhood bar & grill.

Norm’s East End Grill
47 Middle St.  MAP 
Phone: 253-1700
Popular neighborhood bar & grill.

Ribollita
41 Middle St.  MAP 
Phone: 774-2972
Quite good Italian food. Cozy atmosphere.

Sapporo Restaurant
230 Commercial St.  MAP 
Phone: 772-1233
Great sushi.

Street & Co.
33 Wharf St.  MAP 
Phone: 775-0887
Superb seafood (one of the best in town), lots of garlic.

Uffa Restaurant
190 State St.  MAP 
Phone: 775-3380
Great eclectic menu; emphasis on fresh local food in season.

Vignola
10 Dana St.  MAP 
Phone: 772-1330
Contemporary and classic Italian. Bistro setting.

The White Heart
551 Congress St.  MAP 
Phone: 828-1900
Hip cocktail lounge with some great, small plates.

 

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Back Bay Grill (quick cab ride)
65 Portland St.  MAP 
Phone: 772-8833
Upscale creative American cuisine.

Cinque Terre
36 Wharf St.  MAP 
Phone: 347-6154
Upscale northern Italian cuisine. Elegant setting.

Five Fifty-Five
555 Congress St.  MAP 
Phone: 761-0555
Upscale American cuisine using local and seasonal ingredients.

Fore Street Restaurant
288 Fore St.  MAP 
Phone: 775-2717
One of the top restaurants in town. Lots of game and wood-oven cooked dishes. The best desserts in town. Great atmosphere.

Hugo’s
88 Middle St.  MAP 
Phone: 774-8538
High art. Extraordinary, nouvelle cuisine. One of the best restaurants in New England.
>>>Arielle’s favorite restaurant in Portland.

 

 Coffee Shops 

Arabica Coffee Company
16 Free St.  MAP 

Artemisia Café
61 Pleasant St.  MAP 

Aurora Provisions (not in the direction of the Old Port)
64 Pine St.  MAP 
>>>Arielle’s favorite café.

Breaking New Grounds
13 Exchange St.  MAP 

Casco Bay Books
151 Middle St.  MAP 

Java Net
37 Exchange St.  MAP 

Soak Teahouse
30 City Center  MAP 

Starbucks
176 Middle St.  MAP  OR 594 Congress St.  MAP 

 

Susan McHugh, University of New England, Registration
Arielle Saiber, Bowdoin College, Logistics
Aden Evens, Dartmouth College, Program

 

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