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Every once in awhile, on a spectacular summer weeknight, our family will act like tourists and visit a relaxed, beachside destination for dinner. Shade, a restaurant located inside the Higgins Beach Inn in Scarborough, is such a place. The casual restaurant features a bar with cherry red chairs. There is table seating on the cozy sun porch or on the spacious screened porch. On the day we arrived, we were unusually early, so the hostess invited our family to choose a non-alcoholic drink at the bar and walk to the beach while we waited.

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Recently, our family had the opportunity to check out Moe’s Original Bar B Que in South Portland. Orono-native Dewey Hasbrouck first opened the popular franchise in Bangor in 2012, after he and his wife moved back to Maine from Alabama. Two years later, Bangor Metro Magazine named Moe’s the best barbecue in the region. We were intrigued by the promise of authentic, Alabama-style barbecue, which according to Dewey, features a signature, mayonnaise-based barbecue sauce. And unlike other franchises, everything on Moe’s menu is made from scratch every day. (more…)

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Our family needs a break from routine by the end of the week. Sometimes we make simple meals like breakfast for dinner and enjoy a movie at home. Other Fridays DP and MP will throw up our hands and say, “Let’s go out!” On this particular night, we had the new-to-us Otto Pizza in South Portland on the brain. The popular pizza place, which has two other locations in Portland, set up shop in an old gas station. The location looked so cool, we wanted to experience it for ourselves.

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It’s hard to believe that MP started Cute Potato 5 years ago this month! CP#1 and #2 were two- and three-years old. Here they are in one of our earliest posts that featured Dollar Store finds.

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MP had some serious ants in her pants earlier this month. When this happens, the family can bet on a road trip. Any change of scenery will do. We decided on a visit to The New Moon Restaurant  (aka DP’s new favorite breakfast place) followed by a trip to the Saco River Market.

The New Moon is in a cute yellow building with a high-pitched roof that looks straight out of a fairy tale. In March, the space was still decorated for the holidays, complete with garland hanging from the ceiling, snowman decorations, and white lights. But no matter. The breakfast menu looked promising. MP decided on eggs with feta, spinach, and a side of tomato hollandaise. CP#1 chose crepes with fresh strawberries. And DP ordered chicken waffles with gravy. CP#2 kept to his standard: chocolate chip pancakes and sausage.

Our food and coffee arrived quickly, which is always a good thing with hungry kids in tow. MP’s egg dish was filling and the creamy hollandaise added nice flavor. The meal also came with a healthy side of roasted potatoes and thick slices of Rye bread.

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Not long ago, MP posted about how much the Cute Potato team enjoys Gather; a new, family-friendly restaurant on Main Street in Yarmouth. What is it about Gather that appeals? One reader put it best:

“We’ve taken our 3-1/2-year old there a few times now. So great to get to eat good food in a more sophisticated atmosphere with a toddler and not feel out of place.”– Andrea Berry

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Last week, we posted about a new, family-friendly restaurant in Yarmouth called Gather. One of the things we appreciated about Gather was the play area, as well as the knowledgeable waitress who sat us right next to the toys and games. While we were there, we discovered a wooden barn that belonged to owner Matt Chappell when he was a boy. MP started to think about how cool it would be for the kids to have a keepsake barn of their own.

Enter Finns & Flowers. The Palermo, ME-based toy company makes lovely wooden and felted toys. Their classic New England barn, made of Northern White Pine, is perfect for little kids with big imaginations.

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