Portland, Maine is known for its restaurant and beer scene—with hundreds of award-winning restaurants attracting visitors who have just come to eat. In particular, a small stretch of street within Portland's East End neighborhood has attracted a high concentration of restaurants worth visiting. Washington Avenue has long had great restaurants—Silly's and Tu Casa have been serving creative American fare and El Salvadorian food respectively for nearly 20 years. But the last few years have seen a spate of development within two blocks that have made the street a true food and drink destination. Here are just a few of the restaurants on Washington Avenue we recommend you visit during your next stay at our Portland boutique hotel.
Finally, another location for this popular café, famous for its duck fat french fries and thick milkshakes made with local gelato. Overlooking the patio at Oxbow Blending & Bottling, the new Duckfat window has an abbreviated version of the menu. Yes, there's fries, poutine, and fried chicken, but there is also lighter snacks like salmon poke and tomato fennel soup. Grab a beer from the brewery, order up some fries, and enjoy a perfect afternoon on the patio.
This Tex-Mex meets Caribbean restaurant takes its name from a Texas ghost town but uses Maine ingredients like seafood in its ever-changing ceviches and local barbecued meats. Enjoy some Southwest flavor with barbecue plates like ribs, chicken, and brisket and green and red chilis topped with fresh farmers' cheese and sliced radishes. Local draft beer and creative mixed drinks round out the offerings at this Portland Washington Ave. restaurant.
This small café tucked in the corner of a building can be a bit tricky to find for first-timers, so look for the "PHO" neon sign in the window. Once you've found it, grab a seat at the counter to be front row to the action or take a table for a quieter experience. With a small menu of Vietnamese classics like bun cha, pho, and curry noodle soup, you'll love every dish. Don't skip the desserts, especially the coffee flan or pandan pound cake.