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Friars' Bakehouse

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21 Central St, Bangor, ME 04401-5105
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Thu 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The best baked bread around. Don't get caught using you cell phone. The brothers don't like that. The bread is a little pricey but worth it. Very kind men.

Thank Tamster1958
St. Albert, Canada
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My sister and I came here during our trip on a Thursday around lunch. This bakery has some restrictive hours but if you can make it in time they make it worth you while. Imagine my surprize when they were actually dressed like old-school friars. There were only Six items on the menu but it is also a bakery so... More 

Thank Patricia B
Plaster Rock, Canada
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

I just retired in June and have followed the Friars on Facebook for years. Because I was a teacher, I was never able to get here on the weekends we visited, so I was hoping that on this trip I would finally meet everyone and taste the great food. Unfortunately the baker was ill and the shop was closed. I... More 

Thank Carol J
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

Best kept secret in the city. Great homemade foods including huge sandwiches and soup as well as homemade breads and desserts. Satisfaction guaranteed!

1 Thank Kevin M
Red Bank, New Jersey
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

My absolute favorite whoopee pie-I drive 50 miles each way once each year to get some. The bread and baked goods are exceptional quality. The sandwiches are filling and bargain. And the friars are always a pleasure to talk to.

1 Thank redbanker
Bangor, Maine
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

The friars are always upbeat and friendly. The homestyle food is very appetizing. This is a local favorite eatery.

Thank max w
Plattsburgh, New York
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

Now I am someone who searches for great bakeries when I travel. To me there is nothing like a fresh baked goodie to make my day. I was excited to go here when I read the reviews, but then quite disappointed when I saw the selection and furthermore tasted what I bought. There were only a few items in the... More 

1 Thank Cruisingcoppertop
Millinocket, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

I recently dined here fr lunch with a friend on a Friday and had the opportunity to try a lobster roll. The bread was delicious and filled with fresh Maine lobster. We shared our table with others, as this restaurant offers communal dining. We ordered the special of the day, which was a lobster roll, chips and small whoopie pie... More 

1 Thank TheRamblingRountrees
Bangor, Maine
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

The Friars take the cake--lunch here is an outstanding presentation of, well, whatever they've decided is lunch today! This is not only great food but a great time as there is nothing like them in Bangor.

1 Thank JPR4711
Bangor, Maine
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

Large portions of fresh bread, big bowls of soup, giant sandwiches. The best grilled cheese and tomato ever. I don't do the sweet treats but my colleagues love (!) them. Often seasonal items (stollen, hot cross buns,) ethnic and holiday explorations (donair, sopa da lima, cassoulet, etc.) They can seat 20 at family style tables. No cell phones! No Air... More 

Thank alison522016

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 Central St, Bangor, ME 04401-5105
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Bangor
  • Phone Number: 207-947-3770
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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