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Breakfast at the Porthole

Restaurant Review - Portland, Maine

By Julie True Kingsley | May 26, 2015

Spinach and Feta Scramble

The Porthole is the crowning gem of the Portland waterfront, established in 1929, it has been feeding locals and tourists alike for almost a century.

The Porthole Restaurant

A pleasant a stroll along the rickety boards of Custom House Wharf leads to the Porthole Restaurant.   Lobster boats chug in and out of the harbor, and the salty air blows in off the Atlantic.

This unique restaurant attracts all manner of Mainers from fisherman, and mothers with newborn babies, to businessmen in suits - all sitting together harmoniously enjoying their meal.

Last Sunday, my family and I found ourselves happily nestled in a comfortable table by the fire.   We struggled with the array of choices including Eggs Benedict ($7.50), Funky Monkey Pancakes (homemade pancakes with chocolate chips, bananas, and candied pecans for $6.99), and biscuits and gravy ($5.99).

Special mention has to go the lobster special of the day - Lobster Frittata with Asparagus and Goat Cheese ($13.99).

A Steaming Mug of Joe

We ordered the Corn Beef Hash (which is topped with two eggs for $7.99), Fresh Chocolate Chip Pancakes ($6.99), and a Spinach and Feta Scramble ($6.99).   Then as we sipped our fresh coffee and hot chocolate piled high with whipped cream, we watched seagulls soar through the air and took in the amazing views.

In no time our food arrived and it was wonderful.   All was freshly cooked to perfection, and the pancakes thick without too many chocolate chips.   The butter-laden toast was quickly devoured.

The Porthole Restaurant also serves lunch with options such as classic Maine chowders topped with crispy bacon ($4.99 for a cup, $7.99 for a bowl), the Lobsta Sandwich their spin on a lobster roll that was featured on the Food Network (market price), and other interesting choices like Fried Ginger Squid ($8.99), and Scallops fried in Maine’s local micro-brew Shipyard beer batter ($10.99).   Prices range from $4 to $12.99.

For a classic Maine dining experience you need look no further than the Porthole Restaurant.


20 Custom House Wharf|Portland, ME 04101

(207) 780-6533


Opening Hours:

Daily: 7AM to 2PM

TELEPHONE(207) 780-6533

The Porthole Restaurant
20 Custom House Wharf
Portland, ME 04101

WEBSITE: portholemaine.com


Daily: 7AM to 9PM

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