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In September, the Cute Potato team had an opportunity to visit Gather; Main Street Yarmouth’s newest eatery. The family-friendly restaurant is the brainchild of Yarmouth-resident Matt Chappell. When a ‘For Lease’ sign was staked in front of the town’s former Masonic Hall, Chappell—who worked in the restaurant industry for years—saw an opportunity. He believed the space had potential for a dinnertime establishment, one that offered locally sourced, comfort food. As it turns out, Chappell was right. The self-described farm fresh eatery has drawn crowds of 100 or more, and that’s during the week.

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We’ve always enjoyed When Pigs Fly Bakery in Freeport. Where else can a family stuff their faces with generous samples of artisan breads, decadent cookies, and moist bread pudding cakes?

Given our devotion to the bakery, the team—which also included Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt M, and Uncle J—was curious to try When Pigs Fly Wood-Fired Pizzeria in York. From the outside, the restaurant looks like a golf club. There’s a lush green lawn, ample parking, and a beautiful new building with windows all around. We were thrilled to learn the company store and bakery is attached to the restaurant. So smart! If you have to wait for a table, you can always shop and sample the delicious breads and baked goods. (more…)

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Every so often, MP will drive past an intriguing restaurant, hoping one day she’ll finally have the time to check it out. This was the case with Edna & Lucy’s in Pownal. The little red restaurant, which is right near Bradbury Mountain State Park, is known for its incredible homemade donuts and ‘wicked good’ sandwiches. So on a Friday during winter vacation week, MP and the kids joined some friends at Edna & Lucy’s for an early lunch.

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Wow! Maine families get really excited about a new restaurant, as evidenced by the tremendous response to our Elevation Burger Giveaway. A big thank you to everyone who entered! Congratulations goes to…

… Lori Watson. Lori and her family have won a meal for 4 people to Elevation Burger in South Portland.

All of this talk about the delicious offerings at Elevation Burger got MP thinking about milkshakes for Valentine’s Day. Here’s a festive and satisfying milkshake recipe from one of MP’s new favorite blogs, Sweet Paul.

A shake made with vanilla ice cream, strawberries, vanilla, and halved marshmallows

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Note: The Fresh Batch cafe is closed. The Freeport Public Market is now in it’s place. If you go Kamasouptra and Peachy’s Smoothie Cafe are definitely worth trying, and perfect for families looking for something simple, quick and satisfying. While the Cedar Works play set is no longer on site, the interior is much the same. 

The team visited The Fresh Batch, a new café in Freeport, to catch up with friends after a busy summer. The inviting space is colorful and fun. The walls are painted in bright shades of green. There are funky lighting fixtures from Portland’s Ember Grove Gallery throughout. And the most welcome highlight: a Cedar Works play set with a slide and bridge, so kids can play while they wait for their food to arrive.

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When your neighborhood ice cream stand opens for the season, it’s worth visiting, no matter what the weather. Even though it was a little breezy outside, the team was determined to visit Freeport’s Mainely Custard on opening day.

Black Raspberry was today’s flavor, but the kids are traditionalists. CP#1 chose a scoop of chocolate custard on a sugar cone, and CP#2, who was wishing for strawberry, made the switch to vanilla without complaint. MP thinks they both look pleased:

Any day is a great day for custard!

Mainely Custard
(Road sign reads Classic Custard)
150 U.S. Route One
Freeport
865-4417

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Note: We were disappointed to learn Peanut Butter & Jelly Time closed in April 2011. However, word on the street is that owner Steve Miner might be back with a Peanut Butter & Jelly Time stand outdoors. Here’s hoping! 

Every once and awhile, Team Cute Potato will discover something so perfect for kids and families, we’ll wonder, why didn’t we come up with this idea ourselves? Case in point: Peanut Butter & Jelly Time, located upstairs at the Public Market House in Portland.

The counter at Peanut Butter & Jelly Time

This fun establishment is all about simple, comfort food. You can create your own sandwich from an extensive list of organic and crunchy peanut butters, honey, marmalades and preserves. Or try their all-day breakfast menu, which features classics like Belgian waffles, silver dollar pancakes and yogurt with fresh fruit.

CP#1 never sampled Marshmallow Fluff before, and she was thrilled to try her first peanut butter, Fluff and grape jelly sandwich. Her brother opted for the Banana Dog: a banana with peanut butter and jelly inside a hot dog bun.

Fluff, creamy peanut butter & jelly on white bread

Steve Miner's latest creation: the banana dog

Mom Potato couldn’t choose. She was curious about the special spreads of the day: dark chocolate almond butter and prickly pear jelly (not together, mind you). Finally, she decided on grilled cheese with garlic and oil on oblong-shaped, Samoon bread—a sandwich that could have easily fed two people.

The staff at Peanut Butter & Jelly Time couldn’t be nicer. They made sure the kids were served first, and didn’t bat an eye when CP#2 spilled bulk cashews all over the floor. After our meal, shop owner Steve Miner stopped by to make sure we were happy with our choices. He even packed up the kids’ leftovers in zip-lock bags.

The space at the Market House is equally great. There’s an open seating area (think college dorm living room)  that’s ideal for families. Whip It, Jump and other hits from the 80’s played in the background, which the Cute Potato kids enjoyed as much as their lunch. And bonus! Steve’s hoping to show cartoons on weekends.

CP#1 and a friend rock out at the Public Market

Before we left, Steve gave the kids free, organic lollipops to go. Maine families: if there was a place that defined a kid-friendly dining experience, this is it!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Time
Public Market House (2nd Floor)
28 Monument Square
Portland
712-2408
Mon-Sat. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
http://pbjtime.net/

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