Want to enjoy a quiet and cozy night in your hotel room and still experience Portland’s famous culinary scene? Here are our top picks for dinner take-out in Portland, Maine.
There is something so comforting about freshly made pasta. Especially when it’s coated in a rich, expertly made ragù and dusted with a generous serve of parmigiano-reggiano. Don’t miss the lovingly crafted cocktails or a bottle from the well-curated wine list when ordering.
You’ll only have to walk 4 minutes down the street to pick up a rich, layered bowl of ramen from Pai Men Miyake. Go for something spicy like their Tantanmen made with pork and chicken broth and shredded pork belly if you like a little heat or if you’re looking for lobster while you’re in Maine (who isn’t?) see if their Lobster Miso ramen special is available, lobster tail included.
When we think of dishes we want to curl up with on a chilly evening, schnitzel is definitely one that comes to mind. The best you’ll find in Portland, in our opinion, comes from Schulte & Herr. They make a super-thin, delicately breaded pork schnitzel that is perfectly accompanied by some German potato salad and a side of cheesy spaetzle.
Now that to-go cocktails are available in Maine, you can even get your chicken Patacon, cheesy quesadilla or spicy chorizo empanada from Quiero Cafe with a mango margarita or an easy-drinking Pacifico. Make sure to round out your meal with an order of the yuca fries topped with garlic aioli and queso fresco.
We love that Empire’s menu also includes plenty of vegetarian, vegan and even gluten-free options. Whether you’re going for fluffy 5-spice braised pork belly buns, ‘double happiness noodles’, the infamous garlic green beans, or really anything on the menu – you’ll end up with simple, well made Chinese food, sure to warm you right up on a winter’s night.