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It might not have the cachet of a New York or Chicago, but Portland, Maine has quietly emerged as one of the country's most progressive dining cities. Farm-to-table is a given here; chefs in this oceanside town savor access to regionally caught fish as well as sustainably raised meat and local produce. Wrestling for attention is the area's vibrant drinking scene, which spotlights equally local beers and spirits. And it almost goes without saying, but bears repeating: Portland's lobster rolls simply cannot be beat.

ICONIC DISHES

Signature Fresh Maine Lobster Roll

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Local Expert

Mike Wiley

Chef and owner of Hugo's and Eventide Oyster Co.

"One thing that's really exciting about the Portland dining scene is that it has a lot of old institutions that have been here for a long time, but then it seems like every time you turn around there's an ambitious new restaurant popping up. So you have the history and the novelty."

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