Tight budget, full plate in Portland
Also offering plentiful free parking is Whole Foods (2 Somerset St., 207-774-7711, www.wholefoodsmarket.com/storesbeta/portland-me/), a grocery store that doubles as a restaurant and self-serve cafe. Buffets of salad fixings, ethnic foods, and hot and cold entrees make it easy to please any palate, including vegetarians. Add soup and coffee bars, sandwich counter, Mexican food station, sushi/noodle bar, desserts, and even burgers in the cafe. Sure the atmosphere is supermarket, but with these choices and free seating, whats not to like?