Brunch at the East Ender and Bug Light

Note: The East Ender has new owners (formerly from Small Axe Truck). You can read more about the change hereIMG_2190

We celebrated Father’s Day with brunch at the East Ender in Portland with good friends. Neither family had ever been to the bustling, two story restaurant, and all of us were excited to try the food. If you go, this is a place to indulge in pre-brunch sweets and savories. Our table of hungry kids and adults sampled crispy trout fritters, a homemade, chocolate and banana pop tart, decadent cheddar swirl buns with prosciutto and pepper jelly (MP’s favorite), and simple hushpuppies with maple sour cream.

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Both families were full before the main course was served. And truth be told, the starters and sides are the real standouts at the East Ender. The main courses, which vary between standard eggs and bacon to over-the-top fried chicken and waffles, needed the creativity and flavor the first course offered. Still, we’ll definitely be back for generous cups of coffee and delicious starters.

After stuffing ourselves silly, we decided to explore Bug Light Park in South Portland. The gorgeous, nearly 9-acre park overlooks the Casco Bay. On this windy day, the park was busy with serious kite flyers. We were all amazed by the number of colorful kites.

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MP was especially taken with the Bug Light lighthouse. Its Greek-inspired design make it one of the  most beautiful little lighthouses in recent memory. Apparently, it is called Bug Light because of its size, which makes the lighthouse even more endearing.

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The kids and Dad Potato played soccer, while MP snapped pictures of summer beauty all around. What a gorgeous Father’s Day!

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East Ender
47 Middle Street
Portland

Bug Light Park
South Portland Greenbelt Parkway
South Portland

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