Besides lobster, ice cream is the most popular food in Maine, to the point where it’s hard to walk, ride, or drive anywhere in the state without coming across an ice cream shop or dairy farm. While there’s plenty of great ice cream to choose from, Gelato Fiasco on Fore Street is the first place you should try when you get to Portland. This place always has 30 or so flavors available, each of which is made fresh daily, with options like navel orange and mint chocolate chunk as fixtures on the seasonal menu. You can’t really go wrong with any of them, but we like the caramel sea salt more than we like most people we know.
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