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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
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Takeout

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  • 99
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  • 23
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  • 1
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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
Most recent review
Best of the best!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 6, 2015
Lo3rn
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Bangor, Maine
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Takeout
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126 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Bangor, Maine
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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
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

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
9 helpful votes 9 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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Bangor, Maine
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

They have some of the best breads around. Their meals are delicious. And if you are lucky enough to get a chance to try any of their home-brewed beers, particularly their Whoopie Pie Ale, you are in for a treat! A must try if you're in Downtown Bangor. Oh, and their actual Whoopie Pies are the best I've ever had,... More 

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Ashburn, Virginia
Top Contributor
144 reviews 144 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Had to why this place was rated so high. Bread was very good, especially, considering there are so few artisan bread bakers in cities like. Bangor. Certainly not an upscale restaurant, but a very good choice for a sandwich downtown. We ate well. One soup, two sandwiches, and a bag of whoopsie pies -- about $20. The whoopsie pies are... More 

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Brewer, Maine
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I love their food! The donairs are delicious, as are all of their food offerings, including soups, stews, and chowders. All the bread is made from scratch. And the desserts? The best -- especially the whoopie pies. The Friars are super nice and make everyone feel welcomed and loved. That's right, loved! Where else, other than your own mother's house,... More 

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East Hartford, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We dropped in at 8:30 for sweet rolls and coffee before heading out for New Brunswick. Strong great wake you up coffee. The blueberry muffin held me until our 2pm lunch. My husband made it through half a (warmed up) cinnamon roll before admitting defeat and saving it for later. Worth a stop.

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Bristol, Connecticut
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56 reviews 56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Their oatmeal and almond and their anadama bread is to die for. I sliced each into thick slabs and made the most incredible french toast ever!! Try their lobster rolls - very fresh and very tasty. Their Mac and Cheese is very good also. Just an exceptionally charming eatery made even more special by the presence of the brothers themselves.... 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

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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