Freeport, Maine restaurants: some of our favorites
We are fortunate to have many options when it comes to dining in Freeport. After eight and one half years here, we have our favorite spots that consistently offer great service and great food.
Azure Café continues to be our personal favorite. There is something for everyone at this intimate restaurant with minimal décor. While noted for seafood, including the best calamari I have ever had, the menu extends to pasta and great locally sourced beef. Robin does not eat seafood, so he tends to go for the beef or perhaps the pork tenderloin. When fall rolls around, the Butternut Squash Ravioli is my favorite. The restaurant also features a great wine list and is known for some of the custom drinks.
Petrillo’s is another favorite. This casual dining spot is housed in the old rail station and is located directly across from the movie theaters, making it very convenient for date night! The atmosphere is casual and the food is good. The owner, Dom, can often be seen in the kitchen. The soups here are delicious, including the Tomato Bisque. The mussels are delicious, as are the Panini sandwiches, pastas…it’s all good! Consistently good food at a good price with good service.
The Corsican Restaurant is often missed as it sits on Mechanic Street, about one-half block from Main Street. This is however, a great locally owned place that offers good food in a very casual atmosphere. The soups are one of my favorite things here, although the sandwiches are very good. The lobster rolls here are some of the best in town. In the evening, the food turns to home-cooked pastas and seafood offerings. This is a great spot for a simple and reasonably priced meal.
Mediterranean Grill was delicious when we had it at an event hosted there the other week. The hummus and warm pita bread were delicious, the falafel crispy outside, soft inside, the bean salad perfect. It was all so delicious. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and the staff friendly. This is a great place for vegetarians, meat eaters and those who enjoy authentic Mediterranean food.
Gritty McDuff’s is always a favorite local hangout. For those of you who enjoy good local brews, this is it. The food is good pub food, the service friendly. This is a great family-friendly restaurant, especially in the summer when the kids can hang out on the outdoor playground.
Buck’s Naked BBQ – if you like BBQ, this is your place! Called “naked” as it is dry rubbed and smoked right on the premises. There are then a number of sauces you can choose from to add on your own. The Blueberry BBQ sauce is awesome, offering just enough heat. The onion rings are a must and the pulled-pork sandwich is one of my favorites. If you go, the portions are very generous so start small. You can always order more!
Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster (seasonal) is a must for those seeking a good lobster roll or fried clams. It is about three miles from Freeport and sits on the town’s working docks, offering fabulous water views to Wolfe’s Neck. If you are here in-season and want lobster, this is the place to go. It is even BYOB, so stop and pick up your favorite along the way. And save room for blueberry pie!
There are more places to dine, too numerous to list here. No matter your taste, there is something for everyone when in comes to dining in Freeport. We will happily help you find yours!