While doing a little pre-trip research on things to do (and places to eat) in Maine, I learned that Portland is quite the foodie town. Portland is the pine tree state’s biggest city, and it’s oh-so hip and artsy. We had lunch at Duckfat, a great little independently and locally owned panini joint that emphasizes homemade food created with local and original ingredients — one of those ingredients being duck fat. They’re known for their Belgian-style fries, which are made with Maine potatoes and fried in duck fat — completely delicious, even for those who aren’t enamored with duck as a food (that’s me). Even more fun are their dipping sauces, like Thai chili mayo, garlic aioli, and truffle ketchup. An order of fries comes with one dipping sauce, and each additional is $0.75 — I figured that was close enough to count for my dollar splurge of the day.
The thick-cut fries were superb (super crispy on the outside, and soft and steaming on the inside) and the sauces added a neat twist (garlic aioli was my fave). My panini was just what I was craving — bacon, goat cheese, and tomato (otherwise known as the BGT). For dessert, Tim and I split the special milkshake of the day — Nutella with toasted hazelnuts. The milkshake, though delicious, was somewhat lacking in actual Nutella flavor, but the whole hazelnuts were perfection and the meal was one worth repeating. Soon.