Dining May 05, 2021
The Ultimate Guide To The Best Restaurants In Maine — Pizzas, Tacos, Ice Cream, And More!
We know, we know, when you think of eating out in Maine, it’s tough not to focus on beautiful waterfront restaurants with incredible seafood. It’s what we’re known for, and with good reason (our lobster is incredible!). But to only pay attention to our marine products is to ignore the fact that Maine has incredible options for any kind of food you can think of. Whether you’re looking to chow down at an all-you-can-eat buffet or hoping to discover an under-the-radar, hole-in-the-wall barbeque joint, Maine has it all. Steakhouse or sandwiches, tacos or Italian, donut or ice cream: we’ve got everything and we’re happy to share with locals and visitors alike! Check out our list below for some great options to suggest next time you’re sitting around trying to decide where to go eat.
The Best Pizza In Maine
While we're not as famous for our pizza as New York or Chicago, we've got quite a few excellent pie shops! One place that we think is the absolute best is Pizza Ville in Portland. It's a little hole in the wall on Congress Street. Immediately upon walking in, it's easy to see why it's been in business since 1965. It has a low-key, no-frills atmosphere and a huge bar.
What's your favorite Pizza Ville topping?
The Most Delicious Tacos In Maine
Tacos are pretty dang glorious. They're so versatile! You can put just about anything in them and they're still delicious. One place that's been delighting Mainers for nearly 20 years is Loco Coco Tacos. They've got all your regular favorites, like ground beef and barbacoa, but they also have more off-the-wall offerings like Bahn Mi Pork and Tia Margarita Fish.
What do you get in your tacos?
One Of The Oldest Italian Restaurants In Maine
Maria's Ristorante has been serving up authentic Italian food since 1960. The restaurant has been owned by two generations of the Napolitano family and prides itself on using treasured family recipes. Whether you try pizza, pasta, or a fish dish you'll go home full and feeling like family. For more information, check out their
The Most Mouth Watering Donuts In Maine
If you've got a wicked sweet tooth, you don't want to miss the humble little donut shop Congdon's. They've got traditional flavors like glazed and chocolate, but also unique specialties like Honey Dip and Maple Bacon Fritters! People come from all over to sample their delicious goods.
What's your favorite Congdon flavor?
The Most Amazing Ice Cream In Maine
Ice cream is something that's pretty hard to get wrong, but one ice cream shop in Maine that most definitely gets it right is Sweetcream Dairy. It's a dairy and milk processing plant, so the sweet treats there are as fresh as can be. They're open year-round and have the neatest flavors!
What's your favorite Sweetcream flavor?
One Of The Best Bakeries In Maine
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In a world where businesses come and go like clockwork, it's a sign of a great business to be around for three generations of owners. With over 60 years in business, the Italian Bakery in Lewiston is most definitely a proven success! From bread to sweet treats to pot pies, they have just about any type of baked item you could want. Their cannolis are legendary!
What's your go-to item at the Italian Bakery?
One Of A Kind Sandwiches In Maine
If you're looking for a themed restaurant in Maine, we've got one you don't want to miss! The Big Top Delicatessen is a circus-themed deli with a menu so big it fills up a whole wall. They've been serving sandwiches for over 20 years. Many of their dishes continue with the circus theme, with names like Lion Tamer and Barnum, and they've got burgers as well.
You won't leave hungry, that's for sure!
The Most Delicious Mexican Food In Maine
You really can't go wrong with Mexican food. Who knew beans, cheese, and meat could be combined in so many delicious combinations? If you're looking for amazing Mexican food in Maine, Taco Trio in South Portland is a great option! They've got awesome weekly specials that change every week, their salsas are fresh and homemade, and they've got over a dozen tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and enchiladas on the menu, what's not to love? Finish it up with some flan and it's a perfect meal.
What's your Taco Trio go-to?