Boone’s Fish House and Oyster Room

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86 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine (on Customs House Wharf)

Summer in Maine means a lot of things but for us here at Drink Up and Get Happy it especially means enjoying great specials on a patio.  If that patio happens to have a great water view, well that’s a bonus! Boone’s Fish House and Oyster Room provides a great spot for us to fulfill all our summer wishes!

Boone’s is the newest in the Rooms family of restaurants (Corner, Grill, Front etc).  It is located on Customs House Wharf so it can be difficult to find at first.  If you’re a fan of the Porthole, it’s located just in front of that, nestled in between RiRa and Gi.  Just look for the sign.

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Boone’s calls their happy hour the 5-3-5 Happy Hour.  It features a $5 cocktail specials, $3 off select drafts, house wines, and Prosecco, and $5 off Flatbreads in the Oyster Room.  It runs from 4-6 pm everyday! We love a happy hour that runs on the weekend.

They also have a Reverse Happy Hour that runs Monday – Saturday 10 – 12pm in the Oyster Room and also features 1/2 off small plates.

The day we went to Boone’s it was a gloriously sunny afternoon.  It was also very windy, which bit into the warmth of the day.  Still we secured a spot on the upper patio where we could look out into the harbor and people watch down over the Porthole patio.  The cocktail special that day was the Red Sangria.  This was served in a pint glass so you got a generous portion for your $5.  It was delicious and a great buy.  They also had $1.50 Shipyard Summer pints so we enjoyed a few of those as well.

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As the sun began to set behind the peninsula the temperature dipped so we decided not to partake of the food, which we have heard is very good. Overall it was a great evening enjoying some of the best that Portland has to offer.  While the specials at Boone’s sister restaurants may be a little better, you can’t beat Boone’s for ample patio space, good drinks, and great views!

 

Bonus: Instead of eating at Boone’s we opted to head over to Blue Rooster to check out their guest chef hotdog of the week.  That week was the dog by Chef Corry of 555 and Petite Jacqueline.  It featured a hot dog topped with truffle mac and cheese and waffle frites.  It was AMAZING!  Each week they feature a different guest chef.  This is the last week in the series so be sure to check them out!  We hope that they continue the idea next summer as well.

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Hot Suppa!

Hot Suppa!

703 Congress Street, Portland, Maine.

Hot Suppa! has been known for great breakfast and lunch for years now, after opening in 2006. More recently, in 2010 they started serving dinner and hosting happy hour five nights a week and more recently still, they have opened up a welcoming patio behind the restaurant.  This summer is the third season for the Hot Suppa! patio and as one of our friends said, “It’s the best kept secret in Portland”. When we first arrived at about 4:30 we were the only folks out at the patio, though there were others dining inside.  By the time we left though, the patio was pretty full.

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Who knew that erecting a 12 foot fence, putting down some crushed rock, adding patio furniture and some pretty flowers could make such a peaceful and relaxing spot for delicious drinks and food some 50 feet away from the hectic pace of the ever busy Congress Street?  The guys at Hot Suppa!, I guess, and we are so glad they did. Don’t get us wrong we love the cozy atmosphere of the dinning room at Hot Suppa! and love to eat and drink there in the winter, but the patio provides a whole other appeal to the place.
Happy hour at Hot Suppa runs from 4:00 – 6:00 PM on Tuesday through Saturday, yep Saturday! The offerings include $1.00 oysters, $1.00 off beers and cocktails and a special happy hour food menu. To start we ordered a nightly special cocktail with cucumber infused gin, elderberry, lime and a splash of orange, the hugely popular hurricane and the sangria ($4.00).  The drinks were cool, refreshing and strong. Just the way we like them. We also ordered some oysters ($1.00 each), the fried calamari ($9.00), the pimento cheese plate ($6.00) and a pork tacos special of the night ($9.00). Our food was prepared perfectly and came to our table looking beautiful. For happy hour prices, the portion sizes were good. Everything we ordered tasted great and filled us up, just in time for another round of drinks!
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If you haven’t stopped by the Hot Suppa! patio for a drink and a snack for happy hour yet.  You should.  Like right now! You might even see us there. If you, say “Hi”, we’re nice.