Eat Local — Harbor Fish Market, Portland, Maine, USA

Harbor Fish Market street entrance, Portland, Maine, USA

Harbor Fish Market street entrance, Portland, Maine, USA

In preparation for some sea days before our next port, we inquired of the locals about the best fresh fish market in Portland, Maine.  Hands down, the recommendations were for the Harbor Fish Market, located near the still active piers.

The sign says it all -- LOBSTERS, fish and clams, Harbor Fish Market, Portland, Maine, USA

The sign says it all — LOBSTERS, fish and clams, Harbor Fish Market, Portland, Maine, USA

We weren’t disappointed!  We opted for lobster meat, rather than live, whole lobsters (easier and more flexible, given the space constraints of our apartment’s kitchen), fresh scallops, fresh flounder, smoked salmon, homemade clam chowder, and additional items…

"Chicken" lobsters (about one pound (0.6 Kg)), Harbor Fish Market, Portland, Maine, USA

“Chicken” lobsters (about one pound (0.6 Kg)), Harbor Fish Market, Portland, Maine, USA

Whole, fresh fish for sale, Harbor Fish Market, Portland, Maine, USA

Whole, fresh fish for sale, Harbor Fish Market, Portland, Maine, USA

Uni, smoked salmon, LOBSTER MEAT, and shrimp for sale, Harbor Fish Market, Portland, Maine, USA

Uni, smoked salmon, LOBSTER MEAT, and shrimp for sale, Harbor Fish Market, Portland, Maine, USA

While we didn’t purchase any, it was rare to find fresh uni in an American fish market — the next week we had fresh uni (from Japan) sushi at an excellent sushi restaurant in New York City.

Fresh fish fillets for sale, Harbor Fish Market, Portland, Maine, USA

Fresh fish fillets for sale, Harbor Fish Market, Portland, Maine, USA

Overall, a terrific selection of really fresh fish and seafood, friendly and helpful service, and reasonable prices for the freshness and quality.  Wouldn’t it be nice to find a comparable market in every port?

5 thoughts on “Eat Local — Harbor Fish Market, Portland, Maine, USA

  1. Yes! We have a home an hour away, and it IS the best place for fresh seafood (although not the cheapest!) We bought 4 pounds of lobster meet and had friends from the ship over to our house for wine and lobster rolls! Absolutely fresh!

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  2. Is there such as thing as having one’s fill of lobsta?? However, once you leave New England the Maine lobsters get more scarce on the East Coast of the U.S. However, there’s Maryland Blue Crabs, South Carolina white shrimp and Stone Crab in Miami… all to come on this voyage!

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