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MP doesn’t know about you, but today, she could use a little extra TLC. When she feels this way, she doesn’t feel much like doing anything, especially cooking. Thanks to our newest sponsor, Gather in Yarmouth, bringing home a wholesome, family meal is easy. The restaurant recently introduced Gather at Home—freshly prepared meals, sides, and desserts to go. Our family of four tried the hearty chorizo meatloaf, homemade biscuits, and roasted Brussels sprouts. The experience felt just like enjoying a home-cooked meal, but without all the work.

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Restaurant owner Matt Chappell chatted with MP recently about this exciting, new takeout option and what families can expect when they visit.

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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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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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You would think, given the name of this beloved Portland restaurant, the team would have checked out the space years ago. Somehow Silly’s slipped by us. CP#1 and MP had a chance to redeem ourselves recently during a girls’ day out.

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CP#1 outside Silly’s Restaurant.

The Washington Avenue institution is worth visiting based on the eclectic décor alone. Each lamp hanging from the ceiling is covered in buttons, beads, and feathers. There are travel photos on every wall, displaying happy customers holding bumper stickers that read, “Eat at Silly’s.”

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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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On first glance, a barbecue joint with naked in the title might not seem like a wise choice for little ones. But go inside, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Maybe it’s the glittering disco ball in the entry way. Or the friendly-staff who will find you a table while you’re children run screaming in the direction of the two (count em!) play houses, made by the Windham, ME-based company, Kids Crooked House. And when you realize you’re in a place where you can drink locally made beer, stuff your face with sweet potato fries and watch your kiddos play, you know you’ve hit the jackpot.

Try Buck’s Naked BBQbucksnaked_logo in Freeport, and you’ll be clicking your heels the next time you’re hankering for a fun, family-friendly restaurant.

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