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Where to Eat Near Portland International Jetport (PWM)

From one of Portland’s most popular bakeries to iconic Maine potato doughnuts, here’s where to eat near the Portland airport

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The anemic dining options at the Portland International Jetport (PWM) don’t properly reflect the caliber of the city’s restaurant scene. Shipyard Brewport, with its tall pints, can help pass the time, but L.L. Bean heiress Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster Cafe doesn’t do the state’s signature crustacean justice. Beyond that, travelers are limited to meager options like Starbucks, Great American Bagel, and Burger King.

Better to pick something up on your way to the airport or hop in the car when you arrive to hit any of the great options on or near Congress Street, just a few minutes’ drive away. These eateries are also great for anyone arriving via Amtrak train or Concord Coach bus at the Portland Transportation Center, or anyone who doesn’t want to deal with finding elusive parking in the Arts District or Old Port. From doughnuts to barbecue to pizza to Thai food, here’s how to fuel up near PWM.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bissell Brothers Brewing Company

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38 Resurgam Pl
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 808-8258
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Stop into Thompson’s Point en route to the airport, where the kitchen of this revered Portland brewery has a robust dinner and lunch menu. The selection runs the gamut from veggie burgers and salads to burgers, tacos, and wings. Pair your meal with a pour from one of the brewery’s 20 taps.

A hand holding up a well-stuffed fried chicken sandwich in front of a colorful background
Fried chicken sandwich.
Bissell Brothers Brewing Company

2. Tony's Donut Shop

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9 Bolton St
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 772-2727
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A family-run institution since 1965, Tony’s makes its popular, dense cake doughnuts daily. Other styles are also worth trying, from Maine whoopie pies to enormous eclairs (more like elongated Boston cream doughnuts). The bakery opens at 5 a.m., perfect for an early departure.

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Doughnuts at Tony’s.
Tony’s Donut Shop

3. Amato's

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312 St John St
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 828-5978
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With grab-and-go options like baked ziti or cheese pazzo bread (basically cheese pizza with the sauce on the side), plus plenty of made-to-order pizzas and wraps, Amato’s has long been a good choice for especially hungry travelers. Looking for an iconic Maine sandwich that doesn’t involve lobster? Amato’s is home of the Real Italian, a classic sub with ham, cheese, and all the veggies.

Amato’s Italian sub
The Real Italian sandwich.
Amato’s

4. Burundi Star Coffee

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261 St John St
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 835-0121
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To get a good cup of coffee and a sweet treat before you hit the jetport, stop by this new cafe, owned by Jocelyne Kamikazi, who grew up on a coffee farm. Kamikazi serves beans sourced exclusively from Burundi and a light menu of toasts, soups, paninis, and a daily selection of pastries from local bakers.

5. Huong's Vietnamese Restaurant

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267 St John St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 775-2344
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Huong Le’s first pho restaurant, which closed years ago, was well loved. Her second restaurant, with help in the kitchen from her daughter, has rekindled that passion. A hearty bowl of noodle soup will get flyers through a connecting flight or two, while the rest of the menu includes Vietnamese classics like banh mi, vermicelli bowls, and curries.

6. Pizza Villa

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940 Congress St
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 774-1777
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A neighborhood institution founded in 1965, Pizza Villa serves up great pies in only one size (10-inch). Order at the counter and enjoy at a booth, or take it over to the connected old-school bar where the beer is ice cold.

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Outside Pizza Villa.
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7. Saeng Thai House

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921 Congress St
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 780-0900
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In a town with no shortage of Thai restaurants, this unassuming spot has been serving some of Portland’s best Thai food for 20 years. Order lunch and dinner, to-go or dine-in, from a classic menu of Thai dishes like curries, stir fries, noodle dishes, and spring rolls.

A sun-bathed restaurant interior with wood paneled walls, old photos and plants as decoration, and tables set for a meal
Inside Saeng Thai House.
Saeng Thai House

8. Salvage BBQ

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919 Congress St
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 553-2100
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For lunch or dinner, chef/owner Jay Villani’s barbecue joint offers expertly smoked brisket, ribs, chopped pork, pies, and more. Order at the counter for takeout or dining in, or belly up to the bar for one of the 16 local beers offered on tap.

A metal tray lined with butcher paper, topped with a few barbecued ribs, slices of brisket, and pickles
Meaty preflight meal at Salvage.
Salvage BBQ

9. The Holy Donut

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194 Park Ave
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 874-7774
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This modern Portland landmark opens at 6:30 a.m. A Maine potato doughnut (the dark chocolate sea salt is world class) and a cup of Wicked Joe coffee can make an early departure much more bearable. There are even gluten-free options.

The Holy Donut
Outside the Holy Donut.
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10. Quiero Cafe

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3 Deering Ave
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 536-7033
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The empanadas and smoothies from this Central American cafe travel well, so stop into Quiero for a quick meal. In addition to savory classics, the empanadas menu includes sweet variations like pineapple with ham and cheese, or arequipe (dulce de leche) and cheese, plus vegetarian choices. You can also enjoy larger plates like burritos or specialty items like Colombian hot dogs.

Two trays of empanadas with dipping sauces and a drink.
Empanadas at Quiero Cafe.
Quiero Cafe

11. Tandem Coffee and Bakery

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742 Congress St
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 760-4440
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If you’re ending a trip in Portland and you didn’t already stop at Tandem’s famous bakery (or you just want to double down), make time to visit on the way to the airport. With light-roast coffees and a wide selection of buttery treats like scones, pies, and quick breads, the modern coffee shop delivers enough energy to get any traveler home.

tandem coffee + bakery
Tandem Coffee and Bakery.
Corey Templeton

1. Bissell Brothers Brewing Company

38 Resurgam Pl, Portland, ME 04102
A hand holding up a well-stuffed fried chicken sandwich in front of a colorful background
Fried chicken sandwich.
Bissell Brothers Brewing Company

Stop into Thompson’s Point en route to the airport, where the kitchen of this revered Portland brewery has a robust dinner and lunch menu. The selection runs the gamut from veggie burgers and salads to burgers, tacos, and wings. Pair your meal with a pour from one of the brewery’s 20 taps.

38 Resurgam Pl
Portland, ME 04102

2. Tony's Donut Shop

9 Bolton St, Portland, ME 04102
Doughnuts hanging on wooden poles
Doughnuts at Tony’s.
Tony’s Donut Shop

A family-run institution since 1965, Tony’s makes its popular, dense cake doughnuts daily. Other styles are also worth trying, from Maine whoopie pies to enormous eclairs (more like elongated Boston cream doughnuts). The bakery opens at 5 a.m., perfect for an early departure.

9 Bolton St
Portland, ME 04102

3. Amato's

312 St John St, Portland, ME 04102
Amato’s Italian sub
The Real Italian sandwich.
Amato’s

With grab-and-go options like baked ziti or cheese pazzo bread (basically cheese pizza with the sauce on the side), plus plenty of made-to-order pizzas and wraps, Amato’s has long been a good choice for especially hungry travelers. Looking for an iconic Maine sandwich that doesn’t involve lobster? Amato’s is home of the Real Italian, a classic sub with ham, cheese, and all the veggies.

312 St John St
Portland, ME 04102

4. Burundi Star Coffee

261 St John St, Portland, ME 04102

To get a good cup of coffee and a sweet treat before you hit the jetport, stop by this new cafe, owned by Jocelyne Kamikazi, who grew up on a coffee farm. Kamikazi serves beans sourced exclusively from Burundi and a light menu of toasts, soups, paninis, and a daily selection of pastries from local bakers.

261 St John St
Portland, ME 04102

5. Huong's Vietnamese Restaurant

267 St John St, Portland, ME 04101

Huong Le’s first pho restaurant, which closed years ago, was well loved. Her second restaurant, with help in the kitchen from her daughter, has rekindled that passion. A hearty bowl of noodle soup will get flyers through a connecting flight or two, while the rest of the menu includes Vietnamese classics like banh mi, vermicelli bowls, and curries.

267 St John St
Portland, ME 04101

6. Pizza Villa

940 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102
pizza villa fb
Outside Pizza Villa.
Pizza Villa/Facebook

A neighborhood institution founded in 1965, Pizza Villa serves up great pies in only one size (10-inch). Order at the counter and enjoy at a booth, or take it over to the connected old-school bar where the beer is ice cold.

940 Congress St
Portland, ME 04102

7. Saeng Thai House

921 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102
A sun-bathed restaurant interior with wood paneled walls, old photos and plants as decoration, and tables set for a meal
Inside Saeng Thai House.
Saeng Thai House

In a town with no shortage of Thai restaurants, this unassuming spot has been serving some of Portland’s best Thai food for 20 years. Order lunch and dinner, to-go or dine-in, from a classic menu of Thai dishes like curries, stir fries, noodle dishes, and spring rolls.

921 Congress St
Portland, ME 04102

8. Salvage BBQ

919 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102
A metal tray lined with butcher paper, topped with a few barbecued ribs, slices of brisket, and pickles
Meaty preflight meal at Salvage.
Salvage BBQ

For lunch or dinner, chef/owner Jay Villani’s barbecue joint offers expertly smoked brisket, ribs, chopped pork, pies, and more. Order at the counter for takeout or dining in, or belly up to the bar for one of the 16 local beers offered on tap.

919 Congress St
Portland, ME 04102

9. The Holy Donut

194 Park Ave, Portland, ME 04102
The Holy Donut
Outside the Holy Donut.
Kyle J. Norris

This modern Portland landmark opens at 6:30 a.m. A Maine potato doughnut (the dark chocolate sea salt is world class) and a cup of Wicked Joe coffee can make an early departure much more bearable. There are even gluten-free options.

194 Park Ave
Portland, ME 04102

10. Quiero Cafe

3 Deering Ave, Portland, ME 04101
Two trays of empanadas with dipping sauces and a drink.
Empanadas at Quiero Cafe.
Quiero Cafe

The empanadas and smoothies from this Central American cafe travel well, so stop into Quiero for a quick meal. In addition to savory classics, the empanadas menu includes sweet variations like pineapple with ham and cheese, or arequipe (dulce de leche) and cheese, plus vegetarian choices. You can also enjoy larger plates like burritos or specialty items like Colombian hot dogs.

3 Deering Ave
Portland, ME 04101

11. Tandem Coffee and Bakery

742 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102
tandem coffee + bakery
Tandem Coffee and Bakery.
Corey Templeton

If you’re ending a trip in Portland and you didn’t already stop at Tandem’s famous bakery (or you just want to double down), make time to visit on the way to the airport. With light-roast coffees and a wide selection of buttery treats like scones, pies, and quick breads, the modern coffee shop delivers enough energy to get any traveler home.

742 Congress St
Portland, ME 04102

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