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Friars' Bakehouse

21 Central St, Bangor, ME 04401-5105
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Ranked #2 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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English first
Brewer, Maine
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

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
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Halifax, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Went for lunch and had a very yummy meatloaf sandwich , delicious, 3 large pieces of tasty meatloaf on homemade sandwich bread. Enjoyed every bite, although I didn't think I would be able to finish it..I enjoyed it to the last bite! We also had a pizza , and grilled ham and cheeze, everyone enjoyed the atmosphere ..no pics to... More

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Bangor, Maine
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Very quaint little place and the Brothers really know how to make good food for very reasonable prices -- the breads are amazing. The place is tiny but feels very "zen" and you are always, always made to feel welcome. Don't be put off by the size -- the soups and breads are just yummy!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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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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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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1 review
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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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