Guide To Maine Restaurant Week March 1-12, 2016
Maine restaurant week is rapidly approaching and if there is one thing local’s love more than nature it’s dining at one of the many amazing restaurants in this great state. Unlike some other areas, Maine restaurant week happens only once a year and it’s a statewide event. Another spin is the smaller events within the big event. Such as a “breakfast cook-off” and an Old Port “food & spirit tour” – Click here for the schedule. This is a great way to try a participating restaurant at a discounted price but please note that not all restaurants participate. Check out the most current list and be sure to check back for new additions through February. If you have to travel far try making your trip an overnight or weekend stay. Some of the local hotels in Portland are offering Maine restaurant week specials. At the time of writing there are three on the list and that number may increase, as we get closer.
Restaurant week originated in NYC back in the 90’s. It’s held on a semiannual basis, usually winter and summer. The participant list isn’t as large as you would expect for the amount of restaurants in the city. In the past I would plan a pre-spring trip around Maine restaurant week. On many levels, food is one of the reasons why I love living here.
Here’s how it works: Each participating restaurant will offer a prix-fixe dinner menu with prices ranging from $25, $35, $45, & $55 depending on the typical price range of that particular establishment. Some will also offer lunch starting at $15. These prices DO NOT include drinks, taxes, and tip so please keep this in mind when choosing. I like to tip my wait staff based on what the meal would normally cost outside of Maine restaurant week.
Reservations are highly recommended and you can do so via OpenTable.com or by calling the restaurant directly.