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Friars' Bakehouse

21 Central St, Bangor, ME 04401-5105
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Ranked #1 of 160 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
Baltimore, Maryland
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Good homemade sandwiches and soups, excellent bread, welcoming and warm smiles of brothers - whenever I come to Maine, I come here. This place is a gem.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Went on a search for a good scone and found not only a great scone but a wonderful respite from the busy world. I am not religious but do find comfort in people who have faith in their heart and show it in their actions. Sitting and watching the interactions of the brothers and their regular customers really warmed my... More

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Old Town, Maine
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I tried the Friars' for the first time a few months ago and although I had heard about their huge portions, I couldn't believe it until I saw it for myself - you could easily make 2-3 meals out of their sandwiches! The bread is delicious and freshly baked. Last time I went, I had a chicken salad sandwich and... More

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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
3 helpful votes 3 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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