Bayside American Cafe ($$) – They don’t call it ‘the best brunch in Portland Maine’ for nothing. Do yourself a favor and get the Louisiana Bayou Benedict.

Silly’s ($$) – Another great brunch option, but also a solid choice for lunch/dinner. Their build your own bloodies are awesome, and their plates are huge. Make sure you come hungry.

Artemisia Cafe ($$) – They put a really cool spin on brunch, like tossing Oeufs En Meurette on their menu. Don’t even look it up, just order.


St. Joe’s Cafe ($) – Technically located in Scarborough, but absolutely worth the trip outside of town. Most of their breakfast sandwiches are served up on a homemade biscuit. They make it real difficult for you to choose between their lunch options, because they all sound amazing.

The North Point ($$) – This is my new favorite hole-in-the-wall, mostly because they have an entire menu page dedicated to meats and cheeses. They also know their way around a raspberry mojito and put a creative spin on flatbreads. Perfect for date night!

Thirsty Pig ($$) – The entire menu consists of hotdogs and links. They make everything in-house and usually have a pretty impressive tap line-up to complement your meal.


Bissell Brothers ($$) – Portland is well-known for their craft brews and this is just one of many awesome breweries in town. Their Thompson’s Point location is pretty epic and they frequently host releases of their special brews. If they have it available, try the Substance.