The best thing to hold onto in life is food.

- Ancient Proverb (Probably)

I plan my days, weekends, and events around food. Where will we eat? Will we need a reservation? What time will we eat so I can plan ahead with my earlier meals?

This summer, I've got big plans for food in the Portland area. These dishes are top on my summer food bucket list and I've already gotten a jump start on a few. Have you tried any of these dishes? What's on your summer food bucket list?

1. Fried Chicken Sandwich at Figgy's

I ordered the 'Ay Ay Ron' - a chicken sandwich with slaw, mashed potatoes, and gravy inside a giganto-biscuit...It's essentially a paddle-board sized sandwich, folks. So big. I didn't know you could make a biscuit big enough to hold that much chicken cutlet, but Figgy's has clearly defied the laws of physics.

- Reviewer Tony W.

2. Crab Cake Breakfast Sandwich at SaltBox Café

Swoon over the crabcakes, fall in love with the sweet potato hash, grab a pesto sammy that'll make you believe in the future again.

- Reviewer Sherri L.

3. Allen's Coffee Brandy Donut at Holy Donut

I'm shaking with flavor right now. I cannot even begin to pick a favorite but that Pomegranate and Allen's - godly. This place is perfectly and appropriately named. Nothing short of absolutely divine.

- Reviewer Bruce D.


4. Puffy Fish Tacos at Taco Escobarr

If you're ever looking for me on a First Friday you'll find me cozied up to the bar at Taco Escobarr with a face full of house margaritas (with a splash of soda water) and puffy pescado tacos. No Yelp review necessary here, take my word for it.

5. Lobster Roll at Eventide Oyster Co.

I don't normally spend time writing reviews, however this place deserves it. Had the best lobster roll I've ever had here. The brown butter lobster roll with change your life!

- Reviewer Lauren S.


6. Ice Cream at Red's Dairy Freeze

Reminds me of the old fashioned dairy freezes popular in the 50s. I love that they always have many flavors of soft serve besides the classic vanilla, chocolate and twist. I've had peppermint, black cherry and peanut butter to name a few. Rainbow sprinkles are a must, but I've heard Mainers love their crunch coat.

- Reviewer Becky M.

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