Portland, Maine Restaurants...any suggestions?

Posted on: Sun, 06/06/2004 - 4:00pm
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We're taking the kids cross-country soon to visit relatives in Portland, ME.

DS is severely anaphylactic to Peanuts/Tree Nuts.

Any suggestions for kid-friendly and safe restaurants? How about safe local pizza?

Posted on: Mon, 06/14/2004 - 2:03am
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Anyone????
We leave in one week....thanks!

Posted on: Sat, 06/19/2004 - 9:45pm
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I am now in NC but my INlaws are in Portland and we have eaten many times safely at these restaurants:
Ricetta's...great for pizza and pasta
The Village Inn...Italian
Amato's...local chain
There are also many chains available around Portland. I'll post more later if I can think of any.

Posted on: Fri, 06/25/2004 - 2:17pm
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We were able to have a successful meal at the Flatbread Company (207) 772-8777 on Commerical Street down in the Old Port.
Their focus is pizza...made in an old-fashioned wood-fired oven. Only one kind of dough, made on-site. No peanuts/nuts on pizzas (usually - see below), also not used for salads or desserts.
Only caution - the manager did let me know that occasionally, they have specials that involve pinenuts or pesto. Manager was friendly and did respond to all my questions in advance over the phone.

Posted on: Sun, 06/12/2005 - 2:32pm
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Heading back to Portland again in a few weeks. If anyone has any new suggestions, would love to hear about them...

Posted on: Mon, 06/13/2005 - 5:21am
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Nutternomore,
I wish I could help as I live near Portland, but I can't. I never eat out! Except with the rare exception of Kentucky Fried Chicken (on the Portland/Westbrook line).
Now, if you need hints for what I consider safe at the local shopping centers (especially Hannaford but also Shaws), that I can help with!
I hope you have a wonderful time here.
Terri in the USA
Severe nut/fish allergies

Posted on: Mon, 06/13/2005 - 9:04am
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We are also heading back to Maine to visit in a couple of weeks.

Posted on: Mon, 06/13/2005 - 4:28pm
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Terri,
Would love some info on Hannaford and Shaws items that are peanut/tree nut free. We have a rather tight comfort zone - no may contains; we tend to avoid shared equipment due to x-contamination risks...

Posted on: Tue, 06/14/2005 - 5:38am
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My comfort zone is pretty tight but perhaps a little looser than yours. I do trust a few shared-equipment companies like Breyers Ice Cream, DelMonte fruit, and Hershey's chocolate. (I eat a lot of the Bryers extra creamy vanilla and coffee ice cream. I occasionally eat Hershey's carmel kisses and chocolate bits. I love Delmonte Chunky fruit cocktail in the 100% fruit juice syrup).
As for specific store brands, I completly avoid Shaws since I had a nasty reaction several years back to a cream horn pastry. I do use the Hannaford brand hamburger (ground beef) and eggs regularly. I stick with Oakhurst Dairy milk (Light - 1 1/2% milkfat).
If I think of anything else I'll post it. I hope that this info helped a little. If you have any questions about specific foods just let me know.
Terri in the USA
Severe nut/fish allergies

Posted on: Tue, 06/14/2005 - 1:35pm
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Here are a few :
Ricetta's...awesome pizza...they have an all you can eat buffett on Sunday's.
VInny T's...great Italian Chain/peanut-free...very allergy aware
Try to eat in the Old Port..lots of great restaurants that are locally owned and the chefs tend to be on spot so you can get great info in regards to safety and ingredients.

Posted on: Wed, 06/15/2005 - 12:05am
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Also...it depends on your comfort zone but they also have these restaurants in Portland:
Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse (we ate there often w/ NO issues)...they do have peanuts in the bar area but we had no issue w/ the entrees.
Olive Garden
Macaroni Grill

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