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Five Fifty-Five: Portland, ME
The vibe at this standout Maine bistro is simultaneously rustic and refined: exposed-brick walls and sleek mahogany wood furniture, with large picture windows lining two walls. Surprisingly for Maine, you won’t find an excess of seafood offerings on the menu, but the food is all locally sourced, so you know it’s über-fresh. Executive chef (and 2007 Food & Wine Best New Chef winner) Steve Corry serves up everything from nostalgia-inducing homemade “Fig Newton” bars to the more traditional hearty steak and eggs, and even an Asian-inspired burger topped with kimchi.
Standout Dish: Do as the locals do, and order up the Traitor’s Eggs, its take on eggs Benedict. (Traitor…Benedict Arnold…Get it??) Your poached eggs will be served atop spinach and fresh lobster and, of course, served with hollandaise—but with a crisp, lemony twist to complement the lobster. —Joshua Pramis
Sundays 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m., accepts reservations