We were in Portland for a long weekend—and we were eating a lot. I mean, a lot a lot. Portland is like the South with hearty all-American food, but the charm is more authentic. It was a Friday, but there was a line out the door for breakfast at Hot Suppa, a popular Maine restaurant that serves Southern cookin’. We put our names on the list and we went around the corner to Tandem Coffee for a some locally roasted java and a pre-brunch breakfast sandwich. The breakfast sandwich changed my life—and I’ll be sharing all my Portland must-eats tomorrow.
Hot Suppa is built into a little purple cottage, with a quirky, artsy, and eclectic interior that’s like an elevated diner—the vibe is casual, the service is quick and authentic, and you can stay and read the paper. The place was still packed at noon and our waitress, Lauren, was lovely—she brought us our beverages in a jiffy and our food arrived pretty quickly as well. Come to think of it, we were in-and-out in an hour, in an efficient, diner sort of way in that we were well fed and did not feel rushed.
Hot Suppa offers teas, coffees, brunch cocktails like mimosas and Bloodys, as well as a selection of local beers and Kombucha, because this is Portland after all.
We ordered the two biggest, most noteworthy dishes on the menu, the Corned Beef Hash and the Mother Clucker. The Corned Beef Hash comprised shredded corn beef, potatoes, onions, carrots, and toast (white, wheat, or gluten-free, house-made cornbread), plus two eggs and your choice of hashbrowns, Geechie Boy grits, or baby kale. We both went for hash browns, which were the shredded, diner kind, made from fresh Maine potatoes. They were simply perfect—and far too large a portion for anyone to actually fully consume.
My Mother Clucker was a feast—enough for multiple people. The dish featured fried chicken breasts atop a buttermilk biscuit and topped with cheddar curds. I ordered my sausage gravy on the side, along with a special request to add two fried eggs, and hashbrowns. The fried chicken was really well executed—the chicken was moist, the buttermilk flavor was prevalent, and the coating was crunchy but not too thick. Despite not normally loving gravy, I found myself reaching for spoonfuls of the sausage gravy—call me a believer! Yes, it was a lot of food, and left us incredibly full despite barely making a dent.
Hot Suppa also offers sweet treats like French toast, waffles, and buttermilk waffles. We opted for the waffles with blueberry compote and Chantilly cream. The dollop of Chantilly cream was less a dollop and more of a massive mound of fluffy, sweet dairy deliciousness. The compote was divine—and they played together beautifully on the waffles.
We loved Hot Suppa because it gave us an authentic Portland experience—kind locals, delicious grub, and a very full belly.
The Bitches say: A. Portland is a must-visit city for anyone who loves food and Hot Suppa should be high on your list.
703 Congress St.
Hot Suppa serves breakfast and lunch daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.