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Yelp’s Foodies On Foot Tour in Portland, ME



Foodies On Foot Tour

It's easy to forget we live in one of the best food and drink cities in the entire world, so it was fun to play tourist for a day in our own backyard thanks to the Maine Foodie Tours who treated the Yelp Elite Squad here in Portland to their "Happy 2-hour Tour" this past weekend. 

The tour kicked off at Gritty's – which we discovered was the very first brew pub to open in Maine after prohibition (fun fact considering prohibition ended in 1933, and Gritty's opened in 1988). We were treated to their Original Pub Style and Vacationland Summer Ale beers along with doughy pretzels and spicy mustard after a quick tour of their brewing operations. Next, we travelled to the working waterfront of the Old Port to Andy's for a smorgasbord of seafood treats (all caught locally) – from fried oysters to clam chowder and mashed potato pizza topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, and lobster – along with some salty stories about island living. Our next stop brought us to Vena's Fizz House for an enthusiastic demonstration on cocktails and the importance of bitters. And we ended our day at the brand new Cocktails & Crooners for a lesson on Manhattans (don't bruise your bourbon by shaking it, folks!) and the brutal truth that James Bond drinks watered down martinis while enjoying marinated olives and delicious deviled eggs.
 
Our tour guide, Phil, did an excellent job at keeping us on pace, providing fun and informative tidbits about the city we love, and humoring us the happier we got (that was the name of our tour, after all!). Wanna know more? Check out the glowing reviews here! And be sure to feast your eyes on the fab photos found on Flickr, too!

 

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