Going to Portland in the summer is kind of like taking a trip to the Louvre: it’s always packed, there are lines for all the good stuff, and you’re bound to come across a rude tourist (or eight). But if you want to avoid all of that, just go hang on the patio at Isa Bistro. This Bayside restaurant is just a few blocks away from the congestion of the Old Port, but even that short distance makes this place feel like it’s on a different planet. Their seasonal menu changes regularly, but includes a wide variety of small plates and mains, with everything from tagliatelle bolognese to a lobster tostada. Stop by for brunch or lunch and make an afternoon out of snacking and drinking while you hide from the crowds.
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