Portland Eats: Standard Baking Co

An old lady told me this is the best bakery in Portland.  It’s tucked inside the street so it was a bit hard to find at first.  Their pastries and other sweet baked goods are excellent and extremely well-made.  Didn’t get to try their artisan bread but they smelled amazing.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Financier
Perfectly caramalized and fudgy on the outside, with a soft cake centre and come crunchy nuts.
Lobster shaped sugar cookie
Buttery and not too oversweet.

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Standard Baking Co
75 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101-4703, USA
+1 207-773-2112
www.forestreet.biz

Portland Eats: Mornings in Paris

It’s a very nice little coffee shop with many varieties of sweet bites.  They also have gluten-free options.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Matcha frappé
Quite intesenly flavoured, just a bit too sweet.
Cappucino Mousse
Very firm and creamy

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Mornings in Paris
13 Exchange Street, Portland, ME 04101-5008, USA
+1 207-761-5637

Portland Eats: J’s Oyster

It’s very popular and there’s a line up already before the store opened.  It’s a bar setting so staff could be a rude sometimes but they’re not too bad.  There’s a nice patio outside that gives you a nice view of the seaport.  They don’t serve any fried food.  All food are boiled or steamed here.  The seafood is absolutely fresh and sweet (the sea is just outside).  Price is also reasonable and cheap for the quality and amount of the seafood.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$$

Steamed Lobster Dinner
Served with steamed clams & corn on the cob

Oyster
A bit small but then it’s not really oyster season in August.

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J’s Oyster
5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101-4713, USA
+1 207-772-4828
www.jsoyster.com

Portland Eats: Gorgeous Gelato

Authentic and well-made gelato.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Pistachio & Nutella Gelato
Well churned and intesely flavoured.

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Gorgeous Gelato
434 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101-4028, USA
+1 207-699-4309
www.gorgeousgelato.com

Portland Eats: Duck Fat

It’s a very popular sandwich shop specializing in all kinds of food cooked in duck fat, just how can you not like this place?  Staff are helpful and very nice.  Only got to try their fries and it’s very good.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$

Hand Cut Belgian Fries
with Truffle Ketchup
Potatoes are made with local Maine potatoes.  The ketchup didn’t taste any different from normal.  The fries are thick cuts potato with a thin cripsy skin and soft fluffy centre.

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Duck Fat
43 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101-4213, USA
+1 207-774-8080
www.duckfat.com

Portland Eats: Bard Coffee

It’s a lovely local coffee shop with amazingly friendly and helpful staffs.  They have a variety of coffee to choose, also with pastries and gelato.  Coffee was very good quality.  I had a Bali single origin and it was full of complex flavour and not just a monotonic cup of black coffee.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Bali Natural Kintamani (Medium Roast)
Sweet and heavy bodied with notes of flowers cherries and lush dark chocolate

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Bard Coffee
185 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101-4003, USA
+1 207-899-4788
www.bardcoffee.com

Portland Eats: Arabica Coffee Company

Very good coffee and helpful staff.  It also has a nice and comfortable environment.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Caffè Caramel
Espresso with caramel and steamed milk. Available local.

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Arabica Coffee Company
2 Free Street, Portland, ME 04101-3926, USA
+1 207-899-1833
www.arabicacoffeeportland.com

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