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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: 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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wonderful spot for lunch.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Bangor, Maine
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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Bangor, Maine
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

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 NEW 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 NEW

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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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We stopped by here for lunch and had what turned out to be one of the most delicious meals of our trip through Maine. There are clear warnings posted - no cell phones. That was nice. Focus on the food, not the foodie shots. The interior is quite "churchy" - there's even a prayer area upstairs. Lots of religious paraphernalia... More 

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Saco, Maine
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We have only bought bread items to take home, but they are always delicious. Try the Anadama, toasted, with butter and blackberry preserves. Interesting atmosphere (no cell phones is a refreshing plus) has a tranquil vibe.

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Leesburg, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We went to the Friar's Bakehouse to try a Whoopie pie but also had a sandwich called a Donar which we were told was Canadian. We split the sandwich and it was all we could do to finish it. It was delicious! We of course split a Whoopie pie. If you're visiting Bangor give it a try but be sure... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Stopped in for lunch recently. Meatball sandwiches were on the menu, and Brother Kenneth recommended trying one! Well, each of us did! It was the size of a meal for two and the homemade meatballs, sauce and bread(thank you Brother Donald) made it truly special. We each ate the entire sandwich, enjoyed the peaceful and friendly atmosphere (no cell phones)... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This place is always great. homemade bread makes wonderful sandwiches. Soups wonderful the atmosphere is just right. and yes they are real Franciscan brothers

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

A place worth seeking out. Sadly, they weren't serving lunch when we were there (it was Saturday) but we left with a bag of scones and a bag of their famous Whoopie Pies. The scones were amazing, with cranberries and cinnamon. The Whoopie Pies were a bit heavy for me - and didn't keep quite as well as the scones... More 

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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

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, 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.
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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