If there’s ever a time of year to plan some foodie trips in New England, it’s summertime. And if there’s ever someone to trust with your restaurant itinerary, it would be the chefs you already know and love.
With this in mind, we picked the brains of some local chefs — all of whom have either been nominated for or won James Beard Awards, among other recognitions — about their favorite food cities in New England.
These recommendations come from Joanne Chang, chef behind the Flour Bakery empire and the South End’s Myers + Chang; Irene Li, the youngest member of the sibling trio behind the Mei Mei food truck, restaurant, and shipping container; Tony Maws, chef at Craigie on Main and the Kirkland Tap and Trotter in Cambridge; Juan Pedrosa, chef at modern supper club-style Yvonne’s; and Ana Sortun, chef at both Oleana and Sofra Bakery & Cafe in Cambridge, and Sarma in Somerville.
Every chef with whom we spoke recommended Portland, individually and unprompted. Altogether, they named enough spots that we ended up giving Portland its very own article — but here are a couple of the most-praised restaurants.
Eventide Oyster Co.
Your first stop in Portland should be Eventide Oyster Co., according to everyone. Everyone: Chang, Li, Maws, Pedrosa, Sortun, as well as Eater National, Saveur, Food & Wine, Bon Appétit. The restaurant is known for oysters and classic seafood dishes with a twist of Asian influence. And if your schedule doesn’t allow for a Portland getaway this summer, don’t fret; a second location is in the works for…
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