You work in Portland, Maine and have a one-hour lunch break and want to take full advantage of it. You have an event coming up that weekend, or an important meeting that afternoon, or maybe you want to surprise your wife or are just tired of the same look. Within that hour you think, “There’s no way I have time for a great haircut AND enough time to get food and eat.” Here’s how you get the most of that break.

Step 1: Make an appointment
The Blind Pig Barber Company welcomes walk-ins; however, you are on a time crunch. To make the most of that time an appointment would be helpful, even if you make it that morning. You can call the shop or make your appointment online, whichever you find easier. An Express Cut is your best time sensitive option as it usually takes approximately 30 minutes. Think you have a few minutes more to spare? Upgrade to the Executive Cut with all the bells and whistles.

Step 2: Decide what you want to eat
There are so many places in and around The Old Port but you need the most efficient options, so here’s a list of some favorites to help you out.

  • The Blue Rooster Food Company

5 Dana Street, opens at 11am daily

If you have never tried it, it’s time. Known for their extensive tater tot menu (yes, I said tater tots), along with sandwiches and dogs. Full menu on their web site:

  • The Crooked Mile

8 Milk Street, open at 6:30am but they are closed on the weekends.

Great if you are looking for a healthier option as they have a long list of soups, salads, and sandwiches along with coffee to get through the rest of the day.

  • Fuji

29 Exchange Street, Open at 11:30 during the week and 12 on weekends.

If you are in the mood for sushi, our neighbor is known for their lunch deals including two and three roll combos.

  • Mark’s Hot Dogs

If you are truly in a hurry or on a budget and want to support the definition of local, grab a hot dog made how you like it from Mark’s Hot Dogs. In business since 1983, you can find Mark and his stand every day during the week (weather permitting) on the corner of Tommy’s Park .

Step 3: Call in your order
If you are getting food from one of the places listed above, other than Mark’s, call in advance and have your meal ready for you.

Step 4: Head to the Blind Pig for your service
Stop in a few minutes before your appointment time and have a drink on us!

Step 5: Grab your food nearby.
Have the time? Stay and eat, otherwise take it to go.

Step 6: Back to the office with time to spare.