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Friars' Bakehouse

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21 Central St, Bangor, ME 04401-5105
207-947-3770
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Takeout
Description: Friars' Bakehouse is a small bakery smack in the downtown of Bangor...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wholesome and hearty fare.

The Friars are not in costume, they are the real deal. So is their food. My mother and I visited there for the first time, and felt welcome. The bread is homemade, and the portions are generous. My mother had to take 1/2 of her BLT to go. She raved over the freshness of the tomatos and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
Liz_McCullen
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Hampden, Maine
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  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Blackwell
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The Friars were certainly pleasant & friendly but we were unprepared for the limited seating & limited menu. We made a special trip here from MDI based on the 1st place trip advisor reviews & sadly didn't feel it was worth the effort. Finding a parking spot was a challenge, 3 of our party of 5 asked for the lobster... More 

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Hampden, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The Friars are not in costume, they are the real deal. So is their food. My mother and I visited there for the first time, and felt welcome. The bread is homemade, and the portions are generous. My mother had to take 1/2 of her BLT to go. She raved over the freshness of the tomatos and the "rightness" of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We have tried to go to Friar's Bakehouse each time that we are in Bangor. This is the first time that we made it. Caution: check when they are open by calling. Also, they do not serve breakfast. We bought bread and then headed down the street for breakfast. The people we chatted with at Friar's Bakehouse were interesting. Remember... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We shared a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich. The bread was definitely toasted, not grilled, and the sandwich was just so-so for the price. We will give them another try someday but are not anxious to go back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Amazing food, amazing experience! This is definitely a trip highlight. Splurge for the lobster roll lunch special. You won't regret it! The food is outstanding and the whoopie pies are "heavenly."

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The Friars is a Bangor landmark and the food and atmosphere is classic long tables with communal eating. The brothers are good natured fellows who take their faith and food seriously. The Reuben and pot pies are amazing. My only reason for limiting my rating is the limited schedule. Great food when you can get it.

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Bangor, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Somewhat eccentric bakery/restaurant owned and operated by two Franciscan friars. The lads also operate a brewery (in the best monastic tradition!) but do not sell their liquid product at the Bakehouse. Lunch menu varies daily with, usually, two soups, one or two made dishes, and several sandwiches. Bakehouse bread is featured in the sandwiches, and accompanies most other dishes as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

Best place in bangor to have lunch. Brothers are awesome and create a great atmosphere . During lent the hot cross buns are the BEST

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The friars make fantastic bread, dessert-y baked goods, and delicious sandwiches and soups and the like. it's a simple menu, there aren't substitutions allowed. no cellphones. family-style seating around several large tables. Payment by cash or check only. they also brew beer at their monastery/friary and sell that there. mass on Weds in the chapel upstairs. I've never had something... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

I'm not that into Whoopie Pies (gasp!), but I picked up some scones and muffins. The blueberry muffins were easily the best muffins I've ever had in my life. This bakery is a gem. I'm only sorry that I didn't have a chance to go back during my visit. Very kind and patient service!

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Additional Information about Friars' Bakehouse

Address: 21 Central St, Bangor, ME 04401-5105
Phone Number: 207-947-3770
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Bangor
Open Hours:
Tuesday 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Cuisine: Sandwiches, Delicatessen

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 21 Central St, Bangor, ME 04401-5105
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Bangor
  • Phone Number: 207-947-3770

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Sandwiches, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children

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.
Open Hours
Tuesday
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
8:30 am - 1:30 pm

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