43 Middle Street
Portland, ME 04101
In Portland, there are a lot of solid places for good food and good drink. However, the Loupe is about what is uniquely notable. Hence, head to Duck Fat, which also doesn't take reservations (I think you can see a trend here)! The founding principle of this restaurant are Fries ... hand-cut Maine potatoes fried Belgian-style in duck fat (hence the name). Chef and Owner Rob Evans was named “Best Chef Northeast” by the James Beard Foundation in 2009 and this restaurant was named three time Food Network Chopped Champion restaurant. Start with an ice cold glass of beer from a varied list of local beers. Next order a soup or salad, you won't be disappointed. The main course will be a house special pressed panini (I went with the house smoked brisket) and of course the Belgian style fries with, get this, truffle ketchup (genius). And then, wash it all down with an inventive shake (Sea Salted Duck Fat Caramel). All the ingredients are locally sourced and can be found on the website.