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Friars' Bakehouse

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21 Central St, Bangor, ME 04401-5105
207-947-3770
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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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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 104
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  • 23
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  • 1
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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
Quiet place with very friendly people

Family style seating so you get to meet people, prices very good, very fresh food and home baked goods. The best whoopie pies in Maine.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
leslie s
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Hampden, Maine
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Takeout
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Hampden, Maine
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Family style seating so you get to meet people, prices very good, very fresh food and home baked goods. The best whoopie pies in Maine.

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Bangor, Maine
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

These are real Friars, as in monks. They may have taken a vow of poverty, but certainly not one of starvation. Their foods are always exceptionally done. Their breads are nearly a meal in themselves. If you are around during fresh strawberry season, their strawberry shortcake simply cannot be beat.

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Bangor, Maine
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Don and Ken have a wide variety of breads of all kinds, including Challah on Fridays. They are masterfully designed and baked. The Whoopie Pies are to die for. There is also a side variety of sandwiches than change each day. Often their hours vary, but it is always a pleasure to go there.

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Carol Stream, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

Love the kind monks who bake excellent blueberry muffins, cornbread and French brioche! We had haddock chowder and it was delicious, thank you brother Boucher! Love their simplicity and kindness. My fav in Bangor.

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Middletown, Connecticut
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50 reviews 50 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Finding this bakery open is like finding a four-leaf clover--nearly impossible. However, the wait and trial and error opening is worth it when you first get to try the bread and muffins. To say they are delicious is an understatement. If you are lucky enough to have the food, you will become a member of the club that is worthy... More 

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Bangor, Maine
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88 reviews 88 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Love everything about it! Go almost weekly! Only open days, no dinners! They do also have great breads and stuff to go! Seating mostly family style. They have amazing desserts, whoopie pies are famous! All from scratch. Did I mention it is run by monks! Oh yea, I do not recommend asking them what's under their robes! Definitely recommend to... More 

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San Marcos, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

No exact hours or menu (It seems they always have grilled cheese w/ or w/o tomato). Cash or check only. No phone usage allowed. My wife and I shared the grilled cheese w/ tomato, chicken corn chowder, the ginger carrot bisque, and the donair for our many lunches at the Friar's Bakehouse while visiting our friends in Bangor. Hearty and... More 

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Tuscania, Italy
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I often want to stop in and eat or get bread when I'm in Bangor, but I often miss it due the unusual opening hours. That being said, when I went in the other day for lunch, I had extremely high expectations and was not disappointed. The monks who run the establishment are kind and the menu offerings, while limited,... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant is a treasure. We haven't had such good food, made with quality ingredients and served with love since we left home! Wish we had bought bread, and other baked items to take home. We were traveling through Bangor and ate lunch here. We had chili mac and cornbread which were delicious. We saw others eating pizza or sandwiches... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Stopped in while visiting Bangor and absolutely was blown away. Had to run to an ATM to get cash, but it was worth it. The pot pie was fantastic, and the whoopie pies to die for. Loved the family seating. We will return every time we come to Bangor.

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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