Some meat-centric restaurants may try to evoke an old-time Western ranch, but chef Harding Lee Smith dubs The Grill Room & Bar an “urban steakhouse.” Although the open, high-ceilinged dining room exudes plenty of rustic charm, Smith is most inspired by his restaurant's own bustling neighborhood and the local farms beyond it. Starring in a cast of fresh, locally grown produce are grass-fed, all-natural meats from New Gloucester's Pineland Farms. These meats—think spice-rubbed skirt steaks, butterflied pork chops, and organic Cornish game hen—are seared on the open kitchen’s wood-fired grill and then plated with modern flourishes such as truffled mash and grilled onion jam. Seafood dishes benefit equally from the wood grills, while a wood pizza oven creates crackly, chewy pies such as a duck and brie pizza with shaved apples and balsamic syrup.
Wines range through France, Italy, and New Zealand, and bartenders kick out cocktails such as hot buttered rum and the Creole Bull, a Twenty-2 vodka concoction with peppers and smoked peppercorns. Desserts tend toward the rich and creamy, with house-made bean crème brulee and New York–style cheesecakes whose flavors vary with the seasons and the Statue of Liberty's moods.
Choose your own cut of steak at Portland's Old Port Tavern.
Plan to indulge a bit at Old Port Tavern, though, because they don't offer any low-fat fare.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from Old Port Tavern's drink list.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at Old Port Tavern with its kid-friendly fare.
The noise at the restaurant can be positively thunderous, so save intimate conversations for another night.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Old Port Tavern as well.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
Old Port Tavern offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
From shrimp and scallops to crabs and calamari, the culinary team at Muddy Rudder crafts an award-winning menu of classic seafood. They sear salmon with chive oil, fill steamed lobster with seafood stuffing, and drizzle fried clams with r?moulade sauce. Patrons enjoy the oceanic morsels while seated at the linen-draped tables in the dining room?sometimes surrounded by the twinkling of live piano music?or outside on the breeze-kissed deck. Alternatives to seafood include flat bread pizzas, prepped with heirloom tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, and optional add-ons of chicken or lobster. The chef also caters to diners' dietary restrictions with a gluten-free menu stocked with items such as baked haddock and pork tenderloin.
Chefs at the Royal River Grillhouse merge classic Maine culinary traditions with contemporary cooking techniques. Bowls of lobster stew and Prince Edward Island mussels in madeira reduction cater to traditionalist seafood diners, and truffle cheese fries put a spin on standards. Hand-cut steaks cook on a grill lit by smoldering wood to infuse the meat with smokiness. Guests can sip on a speciality cocktail or a glass of wine from an expansive list while enjoying views of the Royal River from the dining room or the deck.
Whether you're jonesing for a prime porterhouse or juicy ribeye, South Portland's Bugaboo Creek Steak House has you covered.
Bugaboo Creek Steak House will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
Families will feel right at home at Bugaboo Creek Steak House with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Bugaboo Creek Steak House is great for big groups, and patrons favor its private room for important events.
Get online for free courtesy of Bugaboo Creek Steak House's wifi.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at Bugaboo Creek Steak House running under $30 per person.
The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
South Portland's Longhorn Steakhouse features exceptional food and wine options.
Low-fat foods are not on the menu at Longhorn Steakhouse, though, so plan to indulge a bit.
Longhorn Steakhouse also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to Longhorn Steakhouse — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
At Longhorn Steakhouse, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
The dress code at Longhorn Steakhouse is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from Longhorn Steakhouse.
Longhorn Steakhouse offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Longhorn Steakhouse is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.