Scales

I’m in Maine a lot. Like a lot, a lot.

Portland has become one of the coolest cities over the past decade, and I’m so happy to call it homebase. We moved a bit when I was growing up, and my family would always go to Portland during the summer. With all of the changing scenery, Portland was our constant. I 1000% took Portland for granted, but now I am so thankful that I can visit anytime I want.

This past weekend I drove into Portland to take a few pictures on the waterfront. As I was walking around, I noticed a small sign advertising a new restaurant. It was the kind of sign that most people would walk passed, and I did too. But for some reason, I stopped and did a double take. I pride myself on knowing about most restaurants, and I hadn’t heard of this one. It was half way down a pier so I was even more curious about it.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I walked in. It was the most perfect New England waterfront aesthetic.

Walking through the restaurant to my table had me excited, like giddy excited. I don’t know if it was the vibe of the place, or what, but I couldn’t wait to sit down. I was still in shock that I hadn’t heard of it, but come to find out, they opened in January and only started serving lunch in early July. Ok, so I guess I can’t get too down on myself.

I realize at this point I still haven’t mentioned the name of the restaurant. It’s mostly because I want to keep it to myself… and so I don’t ever have to wait for a table.

Ok, fine. Scales. The name of the restaurant is Scales.

The crew at Fore Street, Street & Co, and Standard Baking decided to open up a joint venture, and now the world has Scales.

I knew what I was going to order before I even sat down – a lobster roll. And after I read the menu, I was DEFINITELY getting the lobster roll.

Scales serves their lobster roll warm with mayo on top. STFU, right? Right. They serve it on a homemade roll, made by their in house baking crew, with handcut fries. I would travel for these fries alone, but the lobster roll was out of this world. It was the perfect combo of butter and mayo – it was just so decadent.

I feel like I need a double sesh at Flywheel after looking at these pics, let alone eating it. All. Yeah, I ate it all. (By the way, I’ll be at Flywheel every day this week.)

Once I managed to cut myself off from the fries, the lovely waitress suggested dessert. At first I was not going to do it, but then she told me they had popsicles made out of Moxie soda. FINE TWIST MY ARM.

Moxie is a Maine made soda and the flavor they chose for the popsicle? Blueberry. How much more Maine can I get?

The popsicle was delicious and perfectly flavored. I don’t drink soda so I was a tad bit concerned about the flavor being too jarring, but it wasn’t. Given the option, I would get it again. I could actually go for one right now.

Post-popsicle I was beyond full. I had the best experience at Scales, and I can’t wait to go back. (This weekend.) (With company so I can freak out with someone there.)


Total sidenote but if you’re in Portland and need to do some shopping, check out Campfire Studio. I ran across their stuff at a Anthro pop-up, and it’s really great pottery. Tres chic.

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  • Scales

    Hi Meaghan,
    We are so glad you enjoyed your meal at Scales! I just wanted to let you know, that wonderful fluffy lobster roll bun was made right in the Scales bakery kitchen! Yup! With a large baking staff, we make all our pastries, cornbread, New England Brown Bread, sesame sandwich buns and more in our beautiful pastry department. Thanks again for your visit!

    • Meaghan

      Hi Scales,

      Thank you for stopping by!

      I’m such a big fan of your restaurant. I’ve been there 3 times in the last week. I corrected the info on your roll. I have to give credit where credit is due. And your team deserves all the credit. The best lobster roll I’ve ever had.

      Thank you!
      Meaghan