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Bob Keyes has written about the arts in Maine since 2002. He’s never been much an artist himself, other than singing in junior high school chorus and acting in a few musicals. But he’s attended museums, theaters, clubs and concert halls all his life, and cites Bob Dylan as most influential artist of any kind since Picasso. He lives in Berwick.

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Posted: January 13, 2015

For breakfast on the go, Berwick General Store offers up the eggs

Written by: Bob Keyes
Bacon, eggs, cheese and an English muffin made the breakfast sandwich that became a lunch at the Berwick General Store & Deli. John Patriquin/staff photographer

Bacon, eggs, cheese and an English muffin made the breakfast sandwich that became a lunch at the Berwick General Store & Deli. John Patriquin/staff photographer

Noon on a Saturday.

Dump run, check.

Post office, check.

Gym, check.

It was a productive morning, and time for lunch. But in our post-Christmas burst of energy, we had skipped breakfast. Was it too late for eggs?


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We agreed that it wasn’t, so I drove to the Berwick General Store & Deli, on Route 9 on the north side of town.

I started frequenting the Berwick General Store after a mailer advertising the food arrived in my post office box in the fall. I had perceived it as a convenience store, not a deli. The mailer persuaded me to take a closer look.

I’ve enjoyed the food I’ve tried, so the Berwick General Store came first to mind when we decided on a late breakfast after errands.

The Berwick General Store & Deli in Berwick, Maine. John Patriquin/staff photographer

The Berwick General Store & Deli in Berwick, Maine. John Patriquin/staff photographer

We each ordered a breakfast sandwich with bacon, egg and cheese on and English muffin ($2.99). I debated leaving off the bacon, but was persuaded by the counter clerk, who assured me, “Our bacon is really good.”

I’m easy. It doesn’t take much. Sure, bacon on both – to go.

As the cook cracked the eggs and I heard the grill sizzle, I made my way to the coffee bar. One of the miracles of our morning was our level of productivity without the benefit of coffee. Our steady diet of Irish coffees over the holiday depleted the grounds, and we woke without beans.

I dispensed what I thought were two 16-ounce cups of regular, full-bodied, non-flavored coffee, but what I got smelled awfully like vanilla-flavored coffee. I should have dumped the first one and started over, but I checked the label, which was clearly marked regular breakfast-blend.

I interpreted that to mean unflavored. But no matter. Being noon on a childless holiday weekend, we planned to doctor these up with Baileys and Jameson anyway. Whatever vanilla flavor there was would soon be dashed by whiskey.

I paid for the sandwiches and coffees ($9.68 including tax for everything) and drove home. We enjoyed lunch in our living room.

What we loved about the sandwiches:

They both came with two eggs, which was generous. The bacon was crisp and plentiful. The cheese was perfectly melted.

What we would have done differently:

We both like our eggs slightly runny, and wish they had been taken off the grill moments earlier. The English muffin was lightly toasted; I wish my muffin had been toasted longer.

Those are small complaints. The sandwiches were hearty, and satisfied our hunger until a dinner party that evening. And with Jameson and Baileys, the coffees were delicious.

The Berwick General Store menu targets a breakfast and lunch crowd on the go. Breakfast is available all day, and the lunch menu is typical of roadside store deli in rural Maine: Steak and cheese, burgers, Italians, chicken wings, pizza by the slice and by the pie.

Berwick General Store & Deli

WHERE: 349 School St. (Route 9), Berwick | 207-698-5321 | berwickgeneralstore.com
HOURS: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday; 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
WAIT: Only as long as it takes to fry bacon and eggs.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes.

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