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Friars' Bakehouse

21 Central St, Bangor, ME 04401-5105
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Ranked #1 of 158 restaurants in Bangor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout
Description: Friars' Bakehouse is a small bakery smack in the downtown of Bangor, Maine. It is operated by the Franciscan Brothers of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. The baking brother is a master at his craft. Due to the fact that the establishment has only one baker and all of the baked goods are artisan, you will not find the variety that is available at larger thaw and bake bakeries. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a. m. until 2:00 p. m. When the shop is closed, Friars' breads are available at the Fairmount Market on Hammond St.Friars' Brewhouse is a adjunct to but, separate from the bakery. The baker has branched out and is now creating artisan beers in the same manner that he creates breads and pastries. The actual Brewhouse is located on the 34 acre grounds of St. Elizabeth Monastery perched on the side of Orcutt Mountain in lovely Bucksport, Maine. NO BEER IS SOLD OUT OF THE FRIARS' BAKEHOUSE! We have teamed up with Bangor Wine and Cheese Co. on Hammond Street. All of our fine brews are available there on a regular basis. Stop in at the Bangor Wine and Cheese an say, "Hello!" to Eric and Christine.
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96% Recommend
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English first
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014 via mobile

This is by far our favorite place to eat in Maine. The ingredients are of the highest quality as is the service. Everyone is so pleasant and friendly, I just love supporting this local business. Large potions and great prices are just icing on the cake. If you are visiting the area or live here, you need to eat here!... More

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Bangor, Maine
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

The Friars who work there carefully prepare their bread and with their love for serving others and the loving way they sale their bread makes it a good place to visit and allow children to see how bread has been made for hundreds of years.

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Unique, refreshing experience. I got my sandwhich to go, but have also sat at the tables. frequented by many local workers from the downtown area. If you are tired of preformed process chain restaurant food, you can't do better than this. They make everything right there, and while the menu is small and changes daily, there is something for everyone.

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New Haven, Connecticut
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Chili and corn bread excellent, corn bread was moist and tasty. The friars were very friendly. I found the decor very homey. Last but not least the whoopie pies were decadent, best ever.

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Bangor, Maine
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A Bangor favorite. Everything is good, food, service & atmosphere. It is always a pleasure to go there.

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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Walking into the Friars' Bakehouse is something you will long remember (and cherish). The sight of all the goodies and the aromas of the breads and cakes immediately catches your attention. Then when it's your turn to order you are eye to eye with one of the two Friars and you begin to wonder if you perhaps went into the... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We were staying in Bangor on a trip to Acadia National Park and had several hours before our flight left. It was early for lunch but decided to get a sandwich to take along. The special of the day was a meatloaf sandwich- we each ordered one and discovered we only needed to share one. The Friars were friendly, helpful... More

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Bangor, Maine
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

I work down the street from the Friars' Bakehouse... and finally went in after working downtown almost a year. Honestly I wasn't sure what it was other than a place that sold baked goods. Then one day I wanted to see what the long line was about at lunch and went in. At first it was a little strange -... More

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New Brunswick
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Finally on the third try, over two years, it was open. Walk in, check out the walls, place your order and sit down at one of the communal tables, relax...maybe your neighbor has a good story. The food is simple, plentiful and tasty.Choice is enough. Franciscan Friars Bake House community. I look forward to the next time I can eat... More

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Salem, Massachusetts
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141 reviews 141 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I had to try this place being rated the best place to eat in Bangor. I am not sure why it is rated so high, maybe because it is run by monks? The lunch menu had 5 items on it, 3 sandwiches and 2 soups. We both had the kale and vegtable soup that was tastless. We also had the... More

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