Tonight, Bruce Mayo, owner of Easy Street and (in my opinion) Hallowell’s original “Maven of Mai Tais” is hosting a drag event tonight, with proceeds benefiting the Hallowell Food Bank. Girls sporting moustaches, boys wearing tutus, anything goes, as long as you bring some food to donate and some cash for the jars.
This is a real family operation. The last time we were there, General Manager Elise Rich-Colton bossed the brick oven, her mom made the soup, and her sister waited the tables. Lots of vegetarian and gluten free options mean there is something for everyone here. The music and decor here (there is a massive contemplative Frankenstein painting that you have to see) are as cool as the crowd, so you may want to grab one of the many books at the counter and set a spell.
Is the cupcake fad over? Not so much. It looks like it’s here to stay for a bit but let’s face it: a lot of cupcakes suck. They’re too often over-thought or overwrought, as though they’re intended to be an artistic expression of the baker’s existential angst rather than the cute and portable way to increase the girth of my thighs.
Thai Bistro does everything well. Sushi. Lo Mein. Curry. Pho. Fried Rice. Bento Boxes. They slay them all, making this the perfect place to call up or head to when your group can’t agree on what to have for lunch. Thai Bistro’s Bi Bim Bop is the best I’ve had anywhere, including Boston and New York, and it alone is worth a trip.
What Al’s is really known for in these parts is their whoopie pies. But in addition to their award-winning whoopie pies, Al’s makes DONUT WHOOPIE PIES, friends, and believe me when I say they are worth adding a few minutes to your trip and a few inches to your thighs if you’re ever buzzing up the pike in central Maine.
We rolled up on the Olde Post Office Cafe, right on the main drag and sitting on Lake Minnehonk. Inside we found a quaint space with seating for about 20, an impressive menu of breakfast and lunch items, and a case full of homemade desserts, snacks, and takeout items.