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How restaurants survive the Maine winter
  1. When the wind blows cold, live music, special Christmas cocktails, and a reservation-only Christmas Eve dinner come to the rescue at Portland’s Solo Italiano.
  2. On “Rap & Ramen” night at Portland’s Honey Paw, homemade ramen steams and rap music spins, truly umami for the body and soul.
  3. Chez Michel Restaurant has been a part of the Lincolnville experience for a very long time. Not being open during the cold season, is “something they have always done," says staffer Lillian Amborn.
  4. At Piccolo in Portland, dishes like baked cheese and braised lamb shanks offer an antidote to air that crackles with cold. "It’s a way," says Chef Ilma Lopez, “to stay happy and warm.” 
  5. Instead of simplifying when winter hits, Duckfat ramps things up with a charcuterie board of home-cured spicy sausage, aspic-encased duck, and an assortment of house-made sauces, mustards, and pickles.
  6. Find warmth in the leather chair lounge at Pearl Kennebunk & Spat Oyster Cellar where oysters are a buck each and diamond cosmopolitans accompany deviled eggs, pigs in a blanket, and special dip.
  7. Ports of Italy in Kennebunk gives back to its locals with a Friday night 14-ounce, 18-ounce, or for the cowboys among us, 55-ounce steak special, all for one dollar an ounce.
  8. A reservation-only, prix fixe dinner at Bethel’s Cafe DiCocoa’s will warm even the most dedicated winter outdoor enthusiast. The Gentle Dining series starts in January and features authentic cuisine from a different place around the world each week.
  9. Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth takes beets, carrots, and turnips out of the root cellar and puts them at center plate. The vegetarian and vegan dishes appeal to everyone, even those who eat meat. 
  10. During the dark winter season, the Black Birch in Kittery hosts ticketed events on Sunday nights with paired beverages and other winter specials.

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