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 here.  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 …

Summer Plans

The second installment of our Maine Insider video is on! The video highlights our visit to Popham Beach and Fort Popham in Phippsburg, and MP talks about some of our favorite festivals throughout the summer and early fall. You can view the video here:

Dot’s Ice Cream Shop

Summer is fleeting. MP wishes the family could have more time to enjoy the season before school, schedules, and big projects, like moving into a new house, became the focus of our days. But a girl can pretend, right? With that idea in mind, we visited Dot’s Ice Cream Shop in Bath.

Family Getaway: Kezar Lake

The Cute Potato team took a much-needed break from our busy summer and traveled to Lovell, Maine. The small town is home to Kezar Lake, a sparkling, 9-mile long body of water surrounded by the western Maine hills and views of the White Mountains.

Giveaway Day # 6: Gift Certificate to Gather Farm Fresh Eatery

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 …

When Pigs Fly Wood Fired Pizzeria

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, …

Edna & Lucy’s

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 …

Scratch Baking Co.

There’s something about this time of year that makes MP crave caffeine and carbohydrates. And what better place to satisfy that desire than South Portland’s Scratch Baking Co.? The artisan bakery in Willard Square is a warm and welcoming place filled with every delight a carbohydrate-craving mama could hope for (in this case it was a Maine Sea Salt bagel).

Elevation Burger: South Portland, Maine

MP doesn’t usually take the kids to fast food restaurants (with the exception of an occasional soft serve or juice box on the road) but she’s not opposed to a good hamburger. That’s why South Portland’s newest restaurant, Elevation Burger, caught her eye. Local dads and business partners Mark Caron and Chris DiMillo decided to open the franchise due in part to …

Cafe LA + Auburn Public Library

Note: We visited when this cafe was called The Library Cafe. Menu items may have changed. In August, CP#2 joined MP on a scouting trip to Lewiston-Auburn. Our first order of business was a visit to Cafe LA , located at the Auburn Public Library. MP fell for the space immediately. The atmosphere is casual and welcoming. The café has a …