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Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod@mainetoday.com On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: November 24, 2014

Dining Guide: 5 good options for lunch in Freeport

So you’re going to brave the crowds this weekend and head to Freeport. At some point, you’ll have to come up for air and fortify your shopping-hardy soul with some food. Put down your shopping bags and lift a fork (or sandwich) at one of these local restaurants, all of which are just steps from L.L. Bean.

Written by: Susan Axelrod

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Azure Cafe

The serene dining room at Azure Cafe

The serene dining room at Azure Cafe. Press Herald file photo

123 Main St.| 207-865-1237 | azurecafe.com | $$$
One of Freeport’s most popular fine-dining restaurants is open for lunch daily, serving thoughtfully prepared Italian-inspired cuisine. The menu includes burgers, grilled sandwiches and salads in addition to  classic and more inventive pasta dishes; the pastas are served with salad and bread. Antipasto offerings include the standout Maine seafood cakes and mussels roasted in a cast-iron skillet.

Harraseeket Inn

Broad Arrow Tavern at Harraseeket Inn. Press Herald file photo

Broad Arrow Tavern at Harraseeket Inn. Press Herald file photo

162 Main St. | 865-9377 | harraseeketinn.com | $$$
A Freeport landmark, the classic New England inn has two restaurants, the more formal Maine Harvest and the casual Broad Arrow Tavern, with its open kitchen and wood-fired oven. The large menu includes specialty pizzas, sandwiches, salads, soups and pub fare, with plenty of seafood choices in all categories. Of special note: The Real Maine Meal – a cup of lobster stew, lobster roll, and a 12-ounce Maine microbrew beer for $25. There’s also a luncheon buffet, served Monday – Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Derosier’s Market

120 Main St. | 207-865-6290 | freeportpizza.com | $
If you’re not looking for it, you could pass right by this shop — an institution since 1904. But ask a local for the best sandwiches in town and they’ll point you to the big blue ice cream sign, and will probably recommend the famous “toasties” – Derosier’s name for hot subs. The menu also includes top-notch Maine Italians, salads (if you must) and pizza, with slices available all day. Limited seating.

Petrillo’s

Petrillo's. Press Herald file photo

Petrillo’s. Press Herald file photo

15 Depot St. | 207-865-6055 | petrillosfreeport.com | $$
An option just off the beaten path — and possibly less crowded on the holiday weekend — this casual Italian eatery has something for everyone. Take a seat inside or on the heated patio/sidewalk and choose from a large line-up of familiar dishes such as veal Parmesan, or unexpected finds — butternut squash risotto with toasted pine nuts and cheddar crumble. There’s also burgers, sandwiches, salads and pizzas, which can also be ordered as calzones.

Tuscan Brick Oven Bistro

Part of the dining room and bar at Tuscan Brick Oven Bistro. Press Herald file photo

Part of the dining room and bar at Tuscan Brick Oven Bistro. Press Herald file photo

140 Main St. | 207-869-7200 | tuscanbrickovenbistro.com | $$$
Located on Main Street just down from L.L.Bean, Tuscan Bistro is popular for lunch, dinner and a drink and pizza at the bar with Freeport tourists and locals alike. Known for its comfortable setting, tasty cocktails, brick oven pizzas, and pasta and meat entrees, it is a sister restaurant to Royal River Grillhouse in Yarmouth, and shares a goal of using local ingredients.

Key to prices

The approximate cost of two dinner entrees (not including appetizers, drinks, tax and gratuity).
$ – $15 and under
$$ – $16 to $25
$$$ – $26 to $45
$$$$ – $46 and up

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