We were deciding between three restaurants for dinner on our first evening in Portland, Maine. After going around to each, we decided to dine at Street & Co. It turned out to be a wise decision.
It was a bustling restaurant, and though we did not have reservations, they would be able to seat us after 20 minutes or so. We ordered drinks and a few bites of food while we waited.
We nestled into a nook where we had the view of the bar before us. The window behind us diffused the early evening sun. TH was enjoying his first Rising Tide beer, Ishmael, a product of Portland Maine, which is currently not in distribution outside of the state. I was enjoying a glass of French chenin blanc. We noshed on some fabulous bites like cherry peppers stuffed with lobster, a fig and goat cheese salad, and bacon wrapped dates stuffed with a savory cheese. The bites were incredible. We were both delighted by the combination of the spicy cherry peppers and sweet lobster.
While the bar had a nice intimidate atmosphere where we could easily have remained drinking and noshing on delightful bites until the restaurant closed, the dining area was open, warm, rustic, and buzzing with conversation. We were seated in the middle of the dining room decorated with dried garlic hanging from timber beams. The tabletops were wrapped with copper sheets. The exposed brick walls were adorned with vintage pots. The wicker chairs were a little uncomfortable. The seat seemed a bit too sunken and so my thighs were pressed against the front seat frame. I would have liked a cushion.
We started with half a dozen sweet and briny oysters from the area followed by appetizers. TH enjoyed grilled sardines despite him having to be cautious because of the many tiny bones. I enjoyed picked crab meat with fresh english peas. For the main course, TH went with the fish special, a locally caught hake while I had mussels in a delicious Provençal white wine sauce. Dessert was a delectable slice of sour cherry crumble with custard. Very rustic and incredibly scrumptious!
I later found out to my delight that Street & Co are operated by the same people who operate Fore Street. We were glad we made the decision to dine at Street & Co and you should too when you’re in Portland.