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We are making our way to the Bay of Fundy and need a place for Shabbos and possibly some kosher food. Is Bangor a good option? We read the Portland thread. Any ideas in Northern Maine or in New Brunswick, Canada?

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  1. Don't remember too much detail, but about six years ago my husband and I ate in a small cafe-type place in Bangor. I recall the food was fine; my husband think they have separate milk and meat sections. There is also an Orthodox shul in town, but we were just passing through one afternoon, so have no info on shabbos there.

    My husband also thinks he's heard there is some kind of community somewhere in New Brunswick, but knows nothing beyond that.

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    1. re: queenscook

      BAGEL CENTRAL is now treif----when it was kosher they used the same trays for milk and meat!!!!!!!My daughter was only seven when we went there in 2001---and all she would eat there was the FRUIT SALAD!!!!!! Also:There is nothing kosher in New Brunswick canada.But Sy. Martin and the fundy trail is worth shlepping food!!!!!!

      1. re: joebenjamin

        Thanks.

        1. re: joebenjamin

          Just looked at their website, and they are indeed treif, with sandwichs of meat and cheese, yet their hours are still the hours of a shomer shabbos place. How strange that they'd be closed Friday night and Saturday all day.

        2. re: queenscook

          Moncton has an orthodox shul [tiferet israel] located in downtown. They currently do not have a full-time rabbi but they have regular services [http://www.tiferesisrael.com] . the canadian supermarkets have just as much, if not more, kosher food selection than your average suburban supermarket. while there are no kosher restaurants, there are two strictly vegetarian restaurants [no fish]. Zen Garden is a vegan chinese place [like a buddha bodei] and Calactus is hip-cafe located in downtown that uses only rennet-less cheese and soy cheese substitutes.

        3. We live in Portland and keep a kosher home. Forget restaurants in Maine unless you eat vegetarian in a non-kosher place. As for Shabbos, the Chabad rabbi in Portland will definitely put you up and feed you Kosher food. The other Orthodox rabbi in Portland, the shul is on Noyes Street, may do also. As for locating kosher food on the road, I recommend Hannaford supermarkets which should have the following: Hebrew National franks and cold cuts; Empire frozen chicken products including patties; and other frozen stuff like mini-hotdogs in a blanket etc.

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          1. re: StevensAve

            The shul in Bangor used to have shabbos meals available for purchase, made by the shul ladies in the shul kitchen. This is due to the overwhelming crowds of travelers during some shabboses in the summer-- there was just not enough home hospitality for all the visitors. You could check to see if they are still doing this.

          2. I was in Bangor a few years ago and ate at Bagel Central when they were, supposedly, still kosher. I say "supposedly" because the tuna sandwich I ordered was really filled with chicken salad but I didn't find that out until hours later in Bar Harbor. Speaking of which, there is (or was) a kosher Bed & Breakfast in Bar Harbor - Shorepath Cottage was its name, I believe. Also, if you want to see the Bay of Fundy, you can catch the CAT high speed ferry in Bar Harbor and save yourself some significant driving time.

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            1. re: sloanesq

              What do you mean that you "found out" later that your tuna sandwich was really chicken? Couldn't you taste that it wasn't tuna? And are you saying that it was treif chicken salad?

              Also, according to the website of that B & B, it is NOT kosher. It says they have a vegetarian kitchen and can accommodate kosher dietary needs. To me, that means it has no hashgacha, and would only be good for those who eat in vegetarian restaurants.

              1. re: queenscook

                My mother is friendly with the owner of the B&B, although I have never been there myself. Apparently, this summer, it is now under the hashgacha of the rabbi in Bangor, although you can call to check this. Previously, it was more like staying in the home of someone who keeps kosher herself, but didn't have a formal hashgacha, much like my own kitchen.

                Presumably, sloanesq bought a takeout sandwich, and when he/she opened it later, after leaving the store, found that it was chicken rather than the tuna he/she had paid for.

                1. re: GilaB

                  Re: the sandwich: Ah, makes sense.

                  1. re: queenscook

                    Exactly. Hours later, when sitting down to our Friday nite meal my ex-wife, who happens to be a vegetarian, discovered much to her dismay that the tuna wasn't chicken of the sea but bonafide chicken. It was probably kosher. However, I mentioned the story just to point out that they were not very careful about separating meat and dairy.

                    1. re: sloanesq

                      I agree they weren't careful, but was the tuna salad actually dairy?

                      1. re: queenscook

                        Good point. I highly doubt the tuna was dairy. I should have simply said: "they were not very careful with how they handled their food."

                2. re: queenscook

                  The Shore Path Cottage in Bar Harbor IS kosher AND hechshered, with an Orthodox "teudat hechsher". (Rabbi Yagod just inspected yesterday). The proprietor herself keeps kosher. It is vegetarian, but also strictly kosher. And quite good. We stayed there for a few days last summer. We loved it so much that we decided to spend this whole summer in Bar Harbor. Even though we're not staying there this year (they don't have whole season rates), they are still super friendly to us.

                  If you have any questions, they are very open to answering. Website is shorepathcottage.com.

                  1. re: worenklein

                    Thanks for this. What kinds of foods were served for dinner?

                    1. re: cappucino

                      I thought it was just a B & B. I'm not sure, but their website only indicates breakfast, and that's generally true of B & Bs.

                      1. re: queenscook

                        Sometimes b & bs provide other meals. These people stayed a few days. I'm just wondering what they would have eaten vegetarian-wise other than a breakfast. I'm not interested in shlepping my own food this time.

                        1. re: cappucino

                          Check out their website: shorepathcottage.com

                          1. re: sloanesq

                            I read quite a mix of reviews of Shore Path Cottage on another website, including a few that said the breakfasts were skimpy, and far from the "hearty, healthy, homemade" breakfasts they tout on their website. In addition, more than one review said that they won't start to even make breakfast until all the guests are seated, which sounds like a great inconvenience to the guests. I might think that if it comes down to a choice of the cook or the guests being inconvenienced, a good B & B will choose to have the cook cook more than once, rather than the other way around.

                            When I first saw this place mentioned here the other day, I looked at their website and was all ready to book a couple of nights for later in the summer. But I decided to do a bit more research, and now I'm rethinking, after seeing the negative reviews on a travel website. Since kosher travelers are far more limited than others, I would hate to reserve and pay the high summertime rates, just to find the experience below par, and not have the option of going to another B & B or a restaurant.

                            In terms of comparison, I have been to the kosher B & B in Newport, RI twice. Really enjoyed it the first time, a bit less the second, though the second time was over New Year's, we were the only guests there for the first morning, there was about a half a foot of snow on the ground, the rabbi didn't come to light the stove (the woman who runs the place isn't Jewish), and I'd like to believe that was why she didn't cook as big a breakfast as she might have. We still got eggs done to our specification (and believe me, I'm quite picky about my eggs) and freshly made pancakes. Just no extras like we had had the first time about six years before. So here's my point/question: if all I'm going to get for breakfast for approx. $200 a night is some boxed cereal, I might as well go to a Hampton Inn and get their free breakfast. I know, it's no B & B, but without the food aspect, then I think I'd rather have a phone, TV, air conditioner, locks on the door, and a quiet experience (some of the negatives mentioned). Just my opinion, and I'd really like to know if anyone here can convince me otherwise (because it does sound like a nice place in some ways).

                            1. re: queenscook

                              I agree with you. I need real proof that a b&b is worth the money if I'm going to go kosher on that. Otherwise, it's best to be in a nice chain. At Residence Inn by Marriott, we get the free breakfast which for us means kosher cereals, yogurt and danishes/donuts. I bring my own pancakes which I microwave and we eat that in the room. At times, we have done our own eggs and homemade pancakes in the room. I hear there is a kosher b&b in Charleston. I wonder if it's any good. It's a great destination.

                              1. re: cappucino

                                We have been to the b & b in Charleston. it was quite expensive, but well worth it. The owner is a very nice lady originally from Brooklyn who a few years ago decided to fulfill her ambition and open up a B + B

                                1. re: flo220

                                  we love the b&b in charleston-she includes fri nite dinner and shabbat lunch. the shabbat we were there, there was a huge kiddush at shul so e moved lunch to sat evening

                                2. re: cappucino

                                  My wife and I were at the Broadstreet Inn in Charleston for our anniversary. We think it offers the best accomodations of a kosher inn in America. Our room had a luxurious king size bed, jacuzzi, thick towels, writing desk and books, sound system and CD's, flowers and, if I remember correctly, a comestible left on the ample pillows.. Hadassa Rothenberg prepared the breakfasts and boxed lunches. Breakfast was also left at the room door on request for use on a small dining table. Then you have Charleston to explore too. Kashrus was under the supervision of Rabbi Sytner of the Orthodox shul, Brith Sholom Beth Israel. Yes it is expensive, but not for its level of service.

                                3. re: queenscook

                                  For what it's worth, I stayed at the Shore Path Cottage several years ago and had a fabulous time. Granted, it was back in 2005, but I remember the food being yummy and getting up from the breakfast table feeling pretty full. And I'm almost positive that they don't wait for everyone to be seated to start cooking (I certainly wasn't the first to make it downstairs, and there was already food on the table). Roberta (the owner) was so gracious and accomodating, and I would absolutely recommend the place. Can't compare it to other kosher B&Bs, though, and things might have changed since I was there. I guess it depends what kind of experience you're looking for. The non-locking rooms were not an issue for me, and I don't remember the place being particularly noisy. Overall, if you want something homey and warm it's a really sweet place to stay.

                                  1. re: speedymoose

                                    Thanks. Have to think it all through. And thanks for the input on Charleston. It's on our priority list for Nov. Dec. time.

                                  2. re: queenscook

                                    As I mentioned upthread, my mother is a friend of the owner. My husband and I have just returned from a trip to Maine, and while we're young and unemployed (and thus not really in the B&B demographic - we stayed in El Cheapo Motel well outside of town) we swung by so that I could meet Roberta. She and her daughter generously invited us to breakfast the next morning (yesterday), an offer we were happy to take them up on. Not all of the guests ate at the same time (one couple came into the dining room just as everybody else left). There were bagels and rolls with butter and (I think homemade) jams, the best granola I've ever had (which I think was also homemade), yogurt, fruit, muffins hot from the oven, and several rounds of freshly made French toast with maple syrup. (Also coffee, tea, milk, and OJ.) As I have not stayed in another kosher B&B, I lack a point of comparison, but I could not finish all of my food, and the largely non-Jewish clientele seemed happy with both the quantity and quality.

                                    I can't comment on the lodgings, but with regard to A/C - my family has vacationed in Maine (inland, away from sea breezes) for the two weeks of each of the last twenty summers in a house with no air conditioning. Once, in all the years, we actually wanted it, but there's a reason that most homes there don't bother with it; it's almost never necessary. This goes double for somewhere that's on the ocean.

                                    1. re: GilaB

                                      Thanks for the reassurance re: the breakfast. I am definitely more inclined to go now.

                                      BTW: The A/C issue is actually not simply related to comfort. One family member has heat sensitivity due to a medical reason, and if it gets too hot, they are really negatively affected, to the extent that activity needs to be put on hold until they can shower, cool off, rest up, etc. That can take some time, and can really get in the way on a vacation (well, any other time, too, but on a limited vacation, it seems worse.)

                                      1. re: GilaB

                                        Thanks. My husband will probably stop by on business over the coming month or two. It doesn't look like we'll be in Maine overnight this time. He will look them up. He loves to support any kosher b&b and he is sick of the chains.

                                      2. re: queenscook

                                        Checking my Shorepath Cottage web site, I just stumbled on this website and feel compelled to refute this totally inaccurate statement that my breakfasts are "skimpy" and not "homemade, hearty and healthy" as indicated in the advert on our website. Having recently cleared my breakfast table, I would like to inform the readers of this site just what our guests ate several hours ago: bagels and various jams including blueberry, rasberry, and strawberry, cream cheese and butter; (Yesterday because it was Shabbat we also served homemade, organic hummus, avocado spread and pesto, vegan for our vegan guests, salmon spread, and egg salad) strawberry yogurt, our homemade organic granola (I am frequently asked for the recipe.), a fresh fruit platter that included clementines, grapes,bananas, pears and apples, orange juice and milk, spinach and cheese omelettes, and homemade chocolate pound cake made with chiardelli cocoa. We also serve our local strawberries and blueberries in season and often serve lox and smoked fish. Our guests never leave empty-handed and today they took slices of poundcake for the road. During the season, we frequently serve homemade breads and a choice of several deserts, including our blueberry muffins. In the late afternoon, we serve wine and dips and/or our homemade gingered lemondade and cookies. Guests can have early coffee/tea from 7 a.m. and breakfast is available from 7:30 to 9. Yes, I try to serve the hot, main dish (eggs, pancakes, French toast, souffle, etc.) when most of the guests are seated, but if they wish to have breakfast after 9 everything else is readily available and they will certainly not be hungry. In addition, I accommodate all types of dietary restrictions and add baked items accordingly.
                                        I am happy to have the opportunity to correct this false impression. Furthermore, anyone who leaves our table feeling the breakfast was "skimpy" will be given a gift certificate for breakfast to one of the local restaurants and, if kosher, to the local supermarket which has a complete stock of OU items. I look forward to greeting readers of this site; identify yourselves and you will be gifted with both the discounted e cookbook, "Blueberry Fields for Breakfast," by my sister Varda who writes a food column and your own autographed, complimentary copy of "The Eloquent Edge: Fifteen Maine Women Writers," which includes my writing. I Iook forward to feeding you at the Shorepath Cottage!
                                        Roberta

                                        1. re: shorepath

                                          I went on the Shorepath web site and could not find any information about the B & B being Kosher nor any certification. Doe anyone know if there is currently a Kosher certification?