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Best Reason To Dine On A Stool

Chef's counter at David's 388

When you go out for a nice meal — especially at a classy boutique-y restaurant — you want to sit back, relax, and sink into a comfortable seat for a glass of wine or a cocktail, followed by exquisitely prepared appetizers, mains, and desserts. You don't really want to sit on a wooden-seated, wooden-backed high chair just then. But there's one place you actually should. David's 388 has much comfier seating — especially on the couches in the corner by the door — but the stools at the chef's counter are the best in the house. Four chairs — great for dining as a couple or a double-date — are just inches from the chefs as they prepare the food.

Not only is this a foodie's spectator-sport dream, but it has a practical application for your ordering decision: you've not only read the menu descriptions, but seen how the dishes are prepared and served. The chefs — David, Bo, and Katie — are startlingly good at keeping track of the food, each other, and customer conversations, and super-friendly with explaining what's going on (though have a heart, and when they get slammed just finish your drink and order another). The action will keep you on the edge of your seat, not sinking back into it.

David's 388 | 388 Cottage Rd, South Portland | 207.347.7388 | 

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