Explore the 4 most popular spots in Portland's East End neighborhood

22 August 2019

Visiting East End, or just looking to better appreciate what it has to offer? Get to know this Portland neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a breakfast and brunch spot to a distillery.

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in East End, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.

1. The Front Room

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Topping the list is traditional American, breakfast and brunch spot The Front Room. Located at 73 Congress St., it's the highest-rated business in the neighborhood, boasting four stars out of 383 reviews on Yelp. 

This spot comes from founder Harding Lee Smith, who owns four other restaurants in Portland, including The Grill Room & Bar and Boone's Fish House & Oyster Room. On the menu, look for dishes like gnocchi, chicken tacos and Casco Bay scallops. 

2. Lolita Vinoteca + Asador

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Next up is wine bar and Mediterranean spot Lolita Vinoteca + Asador, serving tapas and more, situated at 90 Congress St. With 4.5 stars out of 102 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite.

This spot's menu is inspired by flavors of Venice, the Mediterranean seas, Africa and the Middle East, according to Maine magazine. Look for plates like Algerian fish stew, fire-roasted clams and brisket paired with veggies. 

3. The Shop

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Wine bar and seafood market The Shop is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 123 Washington Ave., 4.5 stars out of 77 reviews. 

On the menu, look for oysters, caviar and seafood spreads paired with ingredients like lemon wedges and cocktail sauce. 

4. Maine Craft Distilling

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Maine Craft Distilling, a distillery, is another much-loved neighborhood go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 83 Yelp reviews. Head over to 123 Washington Ave. to see for yourself. 

This brewery has specialized in crafting "farm-to-flask" spirits since 2012, according to its website. Expect to find bites like calamari and buttermilk fried chicken. Beer, wine and signature cocktails complete the menu

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