Everyone's got to eat. Quite a few of the people who fish with us stay along the coast or within easy striking distance- which means there are a ton of really good restaurants to choose from. Often we get asked about places to get a good meal. Sure you can find pretty good pub and grub just about anywhere these days, but if you want to eat really well, like really well, plan on grabbing a bite at one of these spots while you are here. Just make sure you make a reservation.
Primo, Rockland: Straight from the farm to the table. 2012 Winner Andrew Harper Grand Award- Restaurant of the Year. We don't even know what that means, but the food is really good.
Hugo's, Portland: Former Napa Valley French Laundry Chef Rob Evans lands in Portland, Maine. Winner of the 2009 Jame's Beard Foundation's Best Chef Northeast. I once guided some folks who told me about flying to Napa just to eat at French Laundry. I was baffled, they could have just come up to Portland and fished with me.
Five Fifty Five, Portland: Another Napa transplant settles in Portland. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2010. I think there is a trend here.
Fore Street, Portland: Portland's old standby- wood burning ovens churning local foods from farms and the sea.
So while your guide's dinner might consist of rummaging through the cooler on the drive home looking for left over's from the days lunch- you have some better options.