Diners in Portland

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Back Bay Grill crafts upscale American dining with a delectable twist, all within the confines of an intimate, yet casually cool bistro environment. The culinary concoctions of award-winning chef Larry Matthews harness the power of the season’s most plentiful ingredients, resulting in an always-evolving menu that changes with the time’s ever-changing whims and hairstyles. Embark on a tasty expedition with the Maine crab cakes, paired with rouille aioli, shaved radishes, and frisee ($12), or the Bangs Island mussels, steamed in a savory mist of white wine with chorizo, saffron, and herbs ($11). Greener fare includes the poached Bartlett pear salad, adorned with a delightful dusting of watercress, goat cheese, toasted pine nuts, and sherry ($11), or a hearts of romaine salad drizzled with garlic dressing ($9). For the main-course minded, the sautéed duck breast, with potato gnocchi, chanterelle mushrooms, and haricot vert ($27), and the grilled, all-natural flat-iron steak keep incisors occupied from their ongoing online poker games ($26).

65 Portland St
Portland,
ME
US

Charlie's Diner

Lobster benedict, BLT croissants, and seafood chowder are just a handful of the homestyle comfort foods one may find scrawled on the Daily Specials chalkboard at Charlie's Diner. The small restaurant specializes in homemade dishes, desserts, and making your grandmother jealous of its biscuits. Run by a mother-and-daughter team, the diner serves its comforting classics for all meals of the day

1557 Bridgton Rd
Westbrook,
ME
US

In Foley, Alabama, the name Kathleen Baskin is synonymous with pecan-smoked pork. In Brunswick, Maine, the same is true. As the proprietor and chef at Sista's BBQ in Brunswick, Baskin imports the grilling techniques she learned while managing a catering business in Alabama and feeding pioneers who were passing through her yard. In addition to pulled pork, she prepares whole racks of ribs, butter biscuits, and fruit cobblers.

101 Pleasant St
Brunswick,
ME
US

Groveland Diner opened in December 2008. But if you didn't know any better, you would just as soon believe it was plucked straight from the 1950s. Working tirelessly to offer an experience on par with "the way it used to be," Groveland's chef Mike dishes out from-scratch comfort food, including hearty blue plate specials served on actual blue plates?a tradition that began in the 1920s when white plates could only be used at the White House.

But like any classic diner, Groveland specializes in breakfast, which is served all day. It conquers morning hunger with pancakes, omelets, and signature dishes, such as the Ye Old 2-2-2, which features two eggs, two pancakes, two bacon strips, two sausage links, and two thumbs up from those who order it.

1 Elm Park
Groveland,
MA
US

Stepping into Maryann's Diner is like opening the doors to the past. Waitresses clad in retro clothing hoist plates full of diner favorites to retro vinyl booths with sparkly red and white backs. Over at the counter, guests perch in chrome stools and sip root-beer floats and cream sodas. The classy-chic diner plays oldies, and pictures of '50s and '60s icons?including The Beatles and that guy that shook Elvis's hand once?hang on the nearby walls.

The food here is also classic Americana, everything from eggs with home fries to wraps to burgers, and it satisfies with its hearty portions and all-day breakfast menu.

29 E Broadway
Derry,
NH
US

Three Dogz Diner serves up traditional American diner fare and Southern cuisine for breakfast and lunch in a cozy, kid-friendly diner environment. Smoking specialists layer beef or pork barbeque ($5.99) and turkey sandwiches ($5.99) with thin slices of meat that has been seasoned with special dry rubs and sauces, then slowly smoked on-site over the objections of hoarse smoke detectors. The steak and cheese loads almost a pound of brisket grilled with veggies and american cheese onto an 8-inch roll ($8.39), and daily specials add edible unpredictability throughout the week. For breakfast, sample the biscuits and gravy, with two homemade biscuits bobbing in a sea of homemade sausage gravy accompanied by a pair of eggs any style ($5.79). Sneaky chefs poach the finest eggs from Faberge farms for the eggs benedict, then stack them on english muffins, add succulent ham, and smother the steaming stacks in hollandaise sauce ($6.79).

13 S Broadway
Lawrence,
MA
US