Cafes in North Deering

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WIth just a bit of extra peanut butter, Wannawaf's Cheeky Monkey drove the Dispatch to a "total dessert meltdown" that "was totally worth the sugar buzz." And that's just one of the eatery's waffle creations, which also include hot dogs smothered in fixings like pepper jelly. On the flipside, sweet ingredients ? including apple-pie filling and Maine maple syrup ? crown waffles alongside scoops of Shain's of Maine ice cream. More than 25 flavors, such as raspberry truffle and coffee, can also be enjoyed waffle-less in cups and cones.

All these options, plus build-your-own waffle instructions, are all available in menus hanging from Wannawaf's ceiling. Outside, picnic tables and an ocean view await waffle enthusiasts.

15 Monument Square
Portland,
ME
US

At Roost House of Juice, very little goes to waste—even the pulp from their juices is compressed in a dehydrator to make raw falafel. The delicious results are in line with the café's philosophy of sustainable, vegan, and gluten-free eats. The juices themselves range from crisp blends of cucumber, apple, celery, and mint to the Red Russian, a re-imagined cocktail with Russian kale, cranberry, lemon, and ginger booch. The menu also lists enticing smoothies such as the Coconut Butter Cup, which derives its sweetness from Brazil nut milk ice cubes, dates, vanilla, and coconut and cacao butter.

Most of the produce handled here comes from local farms. Other dishes, including the housemade granola, are signature creations. And, in the interest of sustainably grown foods and wholesome lifestyles, the staff merges their beliefs with their service. They award discounts to customers who arrive on bikes or public transit, as well as those who bring reusable containers for their orders. Their Give a Hoot Juice campaign also donates part of their profits to likeminded organizations.

11 Free St
Portland,
ME
US

Old Port Sandwich Shop’s more than 30 varieties of hot sandwiches, wraps, and burgers tempt taste buds along with housemade soups and chowders. Their menu satisfies vegetarians and carnivores alike with options such as hummus and crisp veggies bundled in wheat wraps and hefty meatball-and-provolone subs that test hand strength as much as a sock-puppet rendition of Les Misérables. Custom sandwiches pair more than 11 varieties of bread with just as many fixings, including corned beef, meatloaf, and liverwurst. Dine-in customers are welcome to cruise the shop’s free WiFi while perched beside picture windows that overlook Market Street.

89 Market St
Portland,
ME
US

Stars on Ice's lineup of skaters––who have spun, twirled, and Salchowed to Olympic gold-medal podiums––dazzles audiences with an engrossing spectacle that intertwines music, intricate choreography, and sparkly costumes. Sasha Cohen, the silver-medal-winning Californian who became the first in the state to understand what ice was, fluidly floats to the song “Big Spender.” With skills that snatched two gold medals and charm that graced the pages of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People issue, Ekaterina Gordeeva electrifies the Captain & Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together.” Daunting athleticism underlies the lyricism and surprising visual references to Three Stooges films in the performance of Ilia Kulik, whose gold-medal routine in Nagano saw him slay a quadruple toe loop and eight triple jumps. Those who opt for the meet and greet will brush elbows with some of the stars at the arena, whereas at-home fans can gaze at posters inscribed by the skaters’ delicate bladework.

1 Civic Center Sq
Portland,
ME
US

Nestled amid the cobblestone streets and independent shops of the Old Port District, 15 Exchange Grille sizzles with an ever-transforming menu of Mediterranean-inspired comfort fare. Each week, chefs whip up sandwiches, pastas, and Mediterranean comfort specialties from the freshest ingredients and market-catch seafood available. Bartenders pair the Levantine comfort food with beer and cocktails from the full bar. Tabletops checker the dining room, backdropped by exposed-brick walls and the enormous portrait of French actress Bridget Bardot staring down from her frame, goading diners into staring contests.

15 Exchange St
Portland,
ME
US

Some might say that The Gelato Fiasco is the most delicious type of fiasco there is. Joshua Davis and Bruno Tropeano would certainly agree. They began their mission to perfect Italy's favorite frozen treat in 2007. Nearly six years, two locations, and more than 1,000 flavors later, their signature gelato frequently earns plaudits from gourmands at MSNBC, Fortune, CNN/Money, and Every Day with Rachael Ray. Their new Old Port store also earned praise from taste testers on the ground, winning awards such as Best Ice Cream in Maine in Down East magazine's 2013 Reader's Choice Awards and Food Network Magazine's "50 States, 50 Ice cream Treats" accolade.

Each day, the team's trained ice cream makers whip up more than 30 flavors of gelato and sorbetto, ranging from mango and brownie batter to Maine wild blueberry crisp, espresso chip, and dark chocolate caramel sea salt. The Gelato Fiasco’s artisanal methods produce treats using only milk from Maine farms, natural cane sugar, and heaping scoops of fresh fruits, roasted nuts, and high-quality candies and confections. They also craft dairy-free sorbettos in flavors including balsamic-strawberry and chocolate noir. Gelato and sorbetto alike arrives in dishes, housemade waffle cones, or full pints to go; customers are also encouraged to mix flavors to create customized treats. Seasonal favorites are offered such as Pumpkin Pie Gelato and Fall in Bourbon County Gelato, created with Wild Turkey bourbon mixed with cinnamon-glazed peanuts and pecans. They also provide warm beverages during the fall season including God of Thunder, an exclusive house roast.

425 Fore St
Portland,
ME
US