We were running out of time.
It was May of 2017 and we only had one more month together in Boston. Bryan had accepted an expat position for an exciting job opportunity to work in Hong Kong. We had only a month left to say good-by to all our friends, go eat at all the places we had always wanted to visit, and just enjoy all the best parts of Boston.
One outstanding promise that we’d made but hadn’t fulfilled yet was a promise to go to Portland with one of our friends. He was downright SHOCKED when he found out we’d been to Portland multiple times, yet had never been to Fore Street.
It’s understandable why he was surprised. Fore Street is probably THE best-known restaurant in Portland. Even though it’s been open for over twenty years, the place is still always packed (reservations are a must, and definitely make them early) due to its extremely popularity.
Fore Street has received numerous accolades since opening over 20 years ago. Gourmet Magazine listed it in its Top Fifty Restaurants in the US twice (2001 and 2006). Chef-partner Sam Hayward won the James Beard award for Best Chef – Northeast in 2004. More recently, the James Beard Foundation nominated Fore Street for “Outstanding Restaurant” three times.
“I have to take you to Fore Street,” he kept saying. “We must plan a trip together.”
This went on for almost a year. I guess it’s hard to coordinate schedules between a busy traveling executive and a restaurant owner.
So with only one month left, we made it a top priority to make this trip happen. It turned out to be a great 24-hour trip where we enjoyed TWO amazing lunches as well as an epic dinner at Fore Street.
It’s not hype, my friends. It really is that good.