Last Friday, SL I and decided to make a quick trip up to Portland Maine. The weather was not cooperating so much of our trip revolved around food. Nothing wrong with that!
Spending the Night in Portland Maine
Our first stop in Portland Maine was Eventide. We arrived around 2:00 pm on a rainy Friday afternoon and there was still a 45-minute wait – even for the bar!
We waited it out at the bar across the street and were eventually seated right at the windows. The first order of business – two martinis and oysters. We both opted for the Dirty Dirty Martini which had vodka, olive brine, oyster brine and hot sauce. This drink made me want to become more of a martini drinker.
We asked our waiter to choose oysters for us and he knocked it out of the park. We ordered a dozen and he choose four kinds which were all delicious.
Then I ordered the Korean Fried Chicken Bun which had kimchi, cucumber and Korean BBQ sauce. It was served on the most delicious little hot dog bun I’ve ever had.
After our late lunch, we checked in at The Francis. This hotel was exactly what we were looking for. It was within walking distance to a bunch of restaurants and shops (which we didn’t have nearly enough time to check out). It was also across the street from a coffee shop. More on that later.
After relaxing for a little bit, we were off to visit Bissel Brothers. Seeing that I don’t drink beer, breweries aren’t always on the top of my list but I do love my husband and he loves beer so I went to the brewery. The taproom was huge and it was already getting busy.
SL enjoyed a couple beers and bought a case to bring home for some friends.
Next, we Ubered back to the hotel, dropped off the beers and headed to dinner. There are so many restaurants in Portland Maine but we opted for a ramen place within walking distance to our hotel, Pai Men Miyake, and I can honestly say it was THE BEST meal I’ve had in a long time.
We started with two appetizers – sui gyoza (steamed chicken dumplings) and steamed pork belly buns.
The gyozas were served in a chicken and soy broth and were perfectly steamed. I could have eaten twelve of them.
As good as the gyoza were, the steamed pork belly buns stole the show and were possibly the best thing I’d eaten in 2018.
The pork belly actually melted in my mouth and the steamed buns were like delicious pillows of perfection.
I could (and maybe should) have stopped eating at that point but who goes to a ramen place and doesn’t order ramen? Not this girl.
Both SL and I opted for the Paitan ramen which had chicken and pork broth, pork belly, a soy-marinated egg, scallion, ginger and nori. But SL and I also added extra spicy garlic.
My god, it was good. Like so good that I would make the 80-minute drive just for dinner any time.
For dessert, we split some sake while discussing how perfect the meal had been. We were both so full after but in the best possible way.
The next morning, I woke up still full so we altered our breakfast plan. I had planned to go to Hot Suppa for a hearty breakfast as we had a long day ahead of us but opted for the small coffee shop across the street.
Tandem Coffee had a line out the door but we weren’t in a rush and planned on getting our coffees to go so we waited it out.
I was not hungry at all but then I saw a piece of cranberry pie with my name on it. There is nothing like a piece of pie and coffee to start the day. Right?
We brought our breakfast back to the hotel and ate in the cute lobby in front of the fireplace. So charming. And with that, our quick trip to Portland Maine was over.
We will absolutely be going back and hopefully next time the weather will be better and we will see more of the city.