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Sunday Brunch in Freeport to Portland, Maine

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bibliotecaria Mar 22, 2009 05:59 AM

My mom's birthday is coming up and I'd like to take her out for brunch. For the last few years we've been going to the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, but we are looking for something new.

Does anyone have any reliable brunch suggestions for restaurants in the Freeport to Portland area? I think we would all feel the most comfortable in a relaxed, easy-going setting.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

(I should note that they live in the Augusta, Maine area and we live in NH. Meeting half-way is a little easier on all of us!)

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    irwin RE: bibliotecaria Mar 22, 2009 06:56 AM

    The Portland Marriott probably has the best brunch in the area, other then Harraseeket.

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      Mainegal RE: bibliotecaria Mar 22, 2009 10:17 AM

      In Portland:
      I've heard raves about Caiola's (www.caiolas.com). I've had dinner there, but not brunch. It's cozy with very good food, very relaxed setting--very West End neighborhood. You can download the menu off the web site. Another possibilitiy is Local 188 (www.local188.com), again menu is on website.

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        StevensAve RE: bibliotecaria Mar 23, 2009 06:29 AM

        I second Caiola's. (Make a reservation asap). We enjoyed the Front Room alot also - but it is quite noisy. If all else fails, Bintliff's across from the Post Office has an expansive brunch menu and the food is quite good.

        1. jspear RE: bibliotecaria Mar 23, 2009 08:02 AM

          How about some of the places in Brunswick. There is the Capt Daniel Stone Inn, not sure of the resto there but it is usually crowded. I like Back St Bistro as well. My favorite place for breakfast is Mae's Cafe in Bath, great baked goods......

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            MOOKIECOOKIE RE: bibliotecaria Mar 23, 2009 10:31 AM

            There's a new restaurant where mims used to be on commercial street that has a really great brunch. They're kind of doing a soft opening, so it's not being aggresively advertised, but it's top-notch food. It's called the Farmer's Table, and it features local seasonal produce. I had a take on corned beef hash with sweet potatoes and braised local brisket which i would highly recommend. It comes with two eggs and a choice of great bread... not like most places where the rye bread often comes out of a plastic bag. My s.o. had eggs benedict that were great as well. You can probably find the menu online

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              bibliotecaria RE: bibliotecaria Mar 25, 2009 05:16 PM

              Thanks so much, everyone, for your wonderful suggestions! Many of the locations sound fabulous and exactly what I'm looking for -- I'm especially intrigued with the Farmer's Table. Wouldn't you know, though, we are going to be driving straight up to Augusta (and will be having brunch at the Senator, which is always dependable). However, we will definitely try out one of these great suggestions for Mother's Day! Thank you so much.

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