How to Eat Your Way From Portland to Kennebunkport

It’s time to pull on your eating pants and make the 28-mile {culinary} trek from Portland to Kennebunkport. From Portland’s highly acclaimed recognition as Bon Appétit’s “Restaurant City of the Year” to Kennebunkport’s fresh-off-the-boat lobster scene, you won’t go hungry along the coast of Maine. 

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The Ultimate Culinary Road Trip From Portland to Kennebunkport

Discover the best of the best from Portland to Kennebunkport. Whether you’re a Kung Pau connoisseur or a buttery, lobster lover, there’s a little something for everyone waiting in Coastal Maine. 

Where to Dine in Portland

 

  • Central Provisions

beet saladThe brick-walled, downtown-savvy Central Provisions boasts stiff drinks and tasty tapas. The cozy restaurant will change your perspective on “bar fare” with too-pretty-to-eat beet salad, caramelized sheep cheese, and spicy kimchi. Make it your after-work go-to (and get there early) to beat the dinner rush. 

  • Emilitsa

Located in Portland’s Art District, Emilitsa serves up rustic, traditional Greek recipes that will make your mouth water. They have a revolving menu, but one of our favorites is the paithakia galaktos tis skaras. Otherwise, marinated lamb loin chops over sauteed baby spinach, and served with a feta-parsnip mashed potato dish designed with unfiltered EVOO. And don’t forget to save room for a piece of sweet, flaky baklava.

  • The Honey Paw

Ramen bowlThe Honey Paw is your spot for satisfying your Asian-infused craving. From house-made noodles to lobster won tons, they’ve flawlessly combined the town’s seafood dynasty with soul-warming traditional Asian favorites. The restaurant itself is airy and open, creating an atmosphere where you’ll want to stay awhile.

 

Where to Dine Near Kennebunkport

 

  • Earth at Hidden Pond

In the land of farm-to-table restaurants, Earth at Hidden Pond is redefining what it truly means to be farm-fresh. Walk through the garden where your plated produce is picked fresh. Watch the lobster trucks pull in for their daily, fresh catch. Indulge in a muddled herb and fruit-infused cocktail. Don’t leave the coast without the Earth at Hidden Pond experience.

  • ice creamRococo Handcrafted Ice Cream

Whoever said ice cream isn’t a meal? Stop by Rococo Handcrafted Ice Cream in Downtown Kennebunkport for your decadent, freshly made, creamy ice cream temptation. Stick with traditional favorites like Dark Chocolate or Honey Vanilla or step it up a notch with wily recipes such as Sweet Avocado Cayenne or Goat Cheese with optional whiskey and figs compote.

  • Mabel’s Lobster Claw

Mabel’s Lobster Claw is a no-frills lobster eatery that has been serving Kennebunkport fresh Maine lobster for over six decades. A trip to Kennebunkport almost inherently means a trip to this claw cracking lobstah joint. Don’t miss out on the neighborhood favorite during your next trip.               

 

Curl up Back at The Inn at English Meadows

Serenity SuiteOnce you’ve made it to your final destination, rest easy at The Inn at English Meadows. Plan your stay in the Serenity room and enjoy a king-size bed, gas fireplace, oversized shower, flat-screen TV, and Nespresso machine. 

Enhance your culinary game with our Maine Culinary Vacation Package. Stay two nights and enjoy a private cooking class, an artisanal cheese plate, a bottle of wine, and a pair of English Meadows coffee mugs to commemorate your visit. We are so excited to welcome you to Kennebunkport!