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Friars' Bakehouse

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Sandwiches, Delicatessen
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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: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, 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
Best Lobster Sandwich Deal- honestly!

Serious lobster claw lays across the top of your freshly baked roll , accompanied by kettle chips , Iced tea and a whoopie pie for $20!?!? Atmosphere wonderful, Friars real deal -sandwich superb... so much Goodness in one unique experience.Don t pass by, get off at exit 184 and head over.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 11, 2015
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Boston area
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Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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New York
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Website said open til just after 2:00. Called ahead as well. We arrived at 1:30. Closed. A passerby said they pull this all the time. Lame, especially if you come off of 395 just to have lunch here.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 via mobile

Serious lobster claw lays across the top of your freshly baked roll , accompanied by kettle chips , Iced tea and a whoopie pie for $20!?!? Atmosphere wonderful, Friars real deal -sandwich superb... so much Goodness in one unique experience.Don t pass by, get off at exit 184 and head over.

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Presque Isle, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I read about the Friars' Bakehouse in Bangor Metro and on TripAdvisor so on our most recent trip to Bangor we decided to stop in. We weren't disappointed! I was glad I had done some research because my husband and I split a grilled ham and cheese sandwich and a whoopie pie and received more than enough food. The sandwich... More 

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Blackwell
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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New York
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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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Fort Myers Beach, Florida, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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Annapolis, Maryland
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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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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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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: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, 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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