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.
123 Main St.| 207-865-1237 | azurecafe.com | $$$
One of Freeport’s most popular fine-dining restaurants is open for lunch daily, serving thoughtfully prepared Italian-inspired cuisine. The menu includes burgers, grilled sandwiches and salads in addition to classic and more inventive pasta dishes; the pastas are served with salad and bread. Antipasto offerings include the standout Maine seafood cakes and mussels roasted in a cast-iron skillet.
162 Main St. | 865-9377 | harraseeketinn.com | $$$
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.
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.
15 Depot St. | 207-865-6055 | petrillosfreeport.com | $$
An option just off the beaten path — and possibly less crowded on the holiday weekend — this casual Italian eatery has something for everyone. Take a seat inside or on the heated patio/sidewalk and choose from a large line-up of familiar dishes such as veal Parmesan, or unexpected finds — butternut squash risotto with toasted pine nuts and cheddar crumble. There’s also burgers, sandwiches, salads and pizzas, which can also be ordered as calzones.
140 Main St. | 207-869-7200 | tuscanbrickovenbistro.com | $$$
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.
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