I love going out to eat. I love trying out new restaurants I’ve never been to. I love the experience of being in a new atmosphere. Oh yeah, and I love eating.
What I don’t love about going out to eat though is the amount of money wasted when I know I could have been just as satisfied – if not more, sometimes – having just made the meal myself at home.
Many people take advantage of what Groupon has to offer: goods, services, even getaways. But what seems most rewarding to a foodie like me are the great restaurant deals you can find right in your area.
How many times have you passed by a restaurant and thought, “I’d love to try that place sometime, but it’s just too expensive.” Well, with Groupon, you can find several restaurant deals that are often times more than 50% off.
I’ve included my favorites here, all within the Old Port in Portland, Maine. All of you tourists getting ready to visit: keep your eye out for these amazing restaurants, who appear on Groupon often.
The Corner Room
The Corner Room offers an amazing brunch on Sunday’s, which I would definitely recommend using your Groupon for. Not only will you find a menu filled with original dishes and amazing sweet breads, you’ll also find top-notch service and a worthy atmosphere. Don’t miss out on:
- The bread basket – it’s the first thing I order every time, and
- Their coffee is great!
Merry Table Creperie
Merry Table Creperie is so unique in so many ways. Located on Wharf Street in the Old Port, this quaint restaurant will have you feeling like you’re in France in no time. Amazing service and an affordable menu are two things that make this restaurant a steal when you factor in a 50% off Groupon. Their dinner menu is amazing, and the ideal time to visit is in the summertime when you can grab a table outside.
- Their soups are to die for, and
- Their wine menu is spectacular!
Zen Bistro had me a little worried at first. The location isn’t super prime when you consider the other restaurants you can go to in the Old Port. But let me tell you: once I tried Zen Bistro, I was hooked. They have such a great menu, and a great setup to go along with it! My favorite item on the menu: spicy cashew chicken with white rice.
I know Gorgeous Gelato is right across the street, which is why I’m including Gelato Fiasco on my list: it’s SO MUCH BETTER. Perks that come with going to Gelato Fiasco:
- They have the Red Spoon Society, which allows you to accrue points each time you purchase (translation: free gelato!)
- With their Groupon, you’re not forced to use it all in one trip. If you don’t use the entire balance, they’ll give you a giftcard with the difference on it – love this!
- They have so many flavors to choose from, and I’ve never tasted one that isn’t amazing.
- Their mystery pints are a great buy!
Farmer’s Table is great for so many reasons. They have an awesome outdoor patio to enjoy during the summertime, and a very quaint and cozy indoor seating area when it’s cold. Their food is fresh, and the quality is consistent. Tip: if you love Bloody Mary’s, visit for brunch. Yum!