Tess Mkt

54 Pleasant St
Brunswick, 04011
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My husband remembers being a young sailor back in the early 60's. With a wife and small children, Tess used to give him credit to buy food and let him pay when he could. Ann, his daughter who runs the store now, is the heir to all of his knowledge about wine. If she can't answer your questions, no one can. The Italians and Pizza are unique and delicious. I agree with Nick, V. If you don't go to Tess' Market, you are a fool. An icon of a store.
Local gem...easy to miss if you're not in the know! Tess' Market is a tiny corner store on Pleasant Street and Cushing, just before you get to the Brunswick Post Office. Great subs, sandwiches and pizzas...and the WINE! Every inch of Tess' is crammed with bottles from every region, for every budget. Have a special occasion coming up? Looking for the right wine to pair with a meal? Shopping for a gift? Ask Ann. She knows where to look, and just what to suggest. TIP: Stock up and buy your wine by the case -- Tess' Market offers case discounts of 10%. (If you're a regular, Ann will extend the 10% discount on half cases as well!)
I'll start by saying, if you live in the area and you don't come here regularly, you're an idiot. If you're a tourist, you should come here and purchase large amounts of wine to ship home, I'm talking crates of it, because you will not find better prices in America. I moved out of Maine 11 years ago, the same 11 long years I've spent weaning myself off of their pizza. When I'm lying in bed at night and even the slightest pang of hunger hits, I know I'm going to be dreaming of Tess' pizza. And it's so dang cheap! I used to come here with my Dad every weekend and I'd be salivating by the pizza oven while he picked out wine. I'm pretty sure M. Tessiere used to order special wines he requested too. I know it'd had to have been the good stuff because he's one of those wine jerks. As an underaged patron, I do recall them also being a purveyor of fine and obscure candies- the good stuff. The only gripe I have about this place is the pain I endured when they would close for vacation. I haven't been back to Maine in 5 years but, I'll always know how to get there (Tess Mkt), from here.

(207) 729-9531

Beer, Wine & Spirits, Pizza

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The Brunswick Inn

165 Park Row
Brunswick, 04011
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We recently stayed here thanks to a Groupon and had a great time. The Inn is cute, cozy, intimate and ideally located. I enjoyed spending time in it's historic rooms, but one of the things I loved the most (beside the terrific food and fantastic service) was sitting by the massive fireplace, eating breakfast and looking out on the snow falling, with the Christmas decorations all around. This place is oozing historic New England charm, and if you're looking for a weekend away full of that kind of character, you can't go wrong.
I chose this B&B on a whim when I wanted to get out of town for a night, and from the moment I stepped off the train from Boston and walked across the common to get here, I knew I had made exactly the right choice. My only request was for a king sized bed, and wish fulfilled -- huge room with a view of the common and the ice skaters. Wendy gave me the rundown on Brunswick and a handful of maps and off I tromped in search of adventure. That evening I was greeted by Tom and Eileen, the owners, and Eileen made me a cocktail and a fire, and I chilled out in the sitting room to review my day before going to dinner downtown. Breakfast the next morning was the best I have had the pleasure of devouring at a B&B -- scrambled eggs with goat cheese and spinach and Canadian bacon, fresh fruit, fresh yogurt, fresh granola, and an awesome muffin, too. So good. Enough energy to survive the below zero weather and explore the grounds of beautiful nearby Bowdoin College. What a gorgeous sunny morning it was, too. I can't wait to go back! Everything is walkable here, and this is a great central location. Thank you so much for the warm hospitality. I look forward to coming back. Winter or summer, this is the spot.
Very cute little place, and within the easiest walking distance to both downtown Brunswick and to Bowdoin's campus. My parents liked to stay either here or the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport when they visited. When I moved into college this is also where my family stayed as they helped me haul my stuff. It is a very cute little bed and breakfast with charming owners and pretty and homey rooms and a nice breakfast. A warning to those wanting to stay here: during big times for the College such as graduation, orientation for freshmen, parent's weekend, or certain big sports games, this place books way in advance. Try to get a room early if you want to stay here during a big time.

(207) 729-4914

Hotels, Bed & Breakfast

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Golden Chopsticks

182 Bath Rd
Brunswick, 04011
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"I am on a business trip and came here when I saw the ratijgs , it's an awesome little place and I went there for dinner and let's just say it was so good that I went to the next day for lunch I order the sweet and sour chicken and it was super delicious with beef fried rice and I got the crab. I went there for lunch the next day and got the kung pao chicken and that was amazing it was suggested by the girl up in front overall this place gets 5 stars for being awesome and their tea is amazing
This is a mostly takeout and delivery spot. We ate inside on our way home. A friendly and smiling woman patiently took our order. The food was ready in about ten minutes bit was hot and cooked to order. The orange chicken was flavorful and mildly spicy with a delicious crunchy exterior. It was with choice of pork fried rice soup and a side. The egg rolls were cooked well but the flavor was average. The crab rangoons were excellent, fried to perfection and bursting with creamy crab goodness. The hot and sour soup was thick and had a nice kick of spice. The woman working even offered us container to take the rest home with it. The service was wonderful.
Probably the best bang for $ value wise. I had the orange chicken and crab Rangoons. Amazing. Basically, if you get that "F it, I don't care about my arteries temptation" don't waste it anywhere else. Place is mainly takeout, quick and easy great food.

(207) 729-3388

Chinese

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Scarlet Begonias

16 Station Ave
Brunswick, 04011
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Some of my favorite pasta recipes were inspired by the ingredients at Scarlett's. After all these years, it makes me super happy still to know future generations of Bowdoinites will continue to be well fed. You can't go wrong with the classic Scarlet Harlot, spicy Hugh's Attitude or everything but the kitchen sink Stephen's Dilemma washed down with a big chunk of garlic bread. They'll all leave you in carb coma Heaven and scrounging for a toothbrush or a minty fresh piece of peppermint after.
I've been a fan of Scarlet's for years...great pasta and pizza, good wine list, and interesting specials (crab cakes!). The Margarite Pizza, with blended cheese, marinara sauce, fresh herbs & tomato slices is a favorite. I usually have that and the Spinach & Mushroom Salad, with bacon, tomato, onion, sprouts, feta cheese. Have the salad with the house Balsamic, and ask your server to toss the salad beforehand. The dressing is usually served on the side, and separates in its' container. Tossed, the whole salad is flavored beautifully, and doesn't taste oily. Scarlets' is always busy on the week-ends, so go early. -- TIP: sit in the bar! The red walls and cozy atmosphere encourage great conversation, and a good time!
Best burger in Brunswick by a long shot, if a little pricey. Local beef, fresh ingredients, and a good beer selection. The pizza is (obviously) also delicious, but holy cow do they go crazy on the garlic. Pasta was meh. I like the new(ish) location - setup is not great but at least less old and stodgy than most of the competition. Service was nothing to write home about, but no complaints. Seriously though - if you are looking for a good burger that isn't Five Guys, go here.

(207) 721-0403

Italian, American (New)

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Wild Oats Bakery & Cafe

149 Maine St
Brunswick, 04011
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I chose two cupcakes from the bakery and was handed the box and told to bring them to the register. The young woman facilitating my debit card purchase turned the electronic tablet around for me to sign while stating: "Please note the opportunity to enter a tip.". REALLY. $8.58 for two cupcakes in tandem with a worker who is not making a servers' wage. I am continuously offended by tip jars and now a direct request for additional money for just doing your job. Cupcakes expensive but good. Tip policy needs to be stopped.
Enjoyed a tasty birthday cake and fresh pastries from this bakery. The service is good and they are more than a bakery. I saw there was a sandwich made to order section with good options. I also noticed they have single serving of prepared food which was different for bakeries. I would highly recommend this place and it's worth the drive.
While on business in Brunswick I had the pleasure of eating at Wild Oats. It is a bustling, energetic eatery serving sandwiches, soups, and bakery items. I had a smoked turkey sandwich with a couple of add-ons. The person taking my order was quick to mention that there was an additional charge above three vegetables and avocado was $1.50. I wasn't concerned about the additional charge but for a customer that is, it's great that they are so up front with this information. The bread was fresh and delicious- vegetables were crisp and the atrium was the perfect place to sit and have lunch. They have a good thing going here. Can't wait to go back!

(207) 725-6287

Bakeries, Cafes, Vegetarian

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Richard’s Restaurant

115 Maine St
Brunswick, 04011
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When we combine excellence with value, we go to 5 stars. We are full time RVers, travel coast to coast and border to border; Richard's is one of our favorite restaurants. Ambience: German background music is appropriate and delightful and not too loud, walls decorated with beer stein collection. Food and service excellent. We began with a dark & delicious tap beer, STATEN OPTIMATOR, which comes in a large half liter stein. Bauernwurst with yummy hot potato salad and red cabbage--wonderful. Paparikaschnitzel similarly outstanding. Value: dinner menu prices in range of $12 to $15 on the wurst menu, $14 to $18 on the schnitzel munu, and we took enough home to have lunch the next day. The most expensive item on the dinner menu is a filet mignon at $24. Open for lunch and dinner. We come here every time we are in the area.
I'll go with four stars, with the desire to give more. The food was all delicious, don't get me wrong, but there are some issues. First, I will add a disclaimer: Ingredient quality varies. That is, food tastes different here and there because of differences in ingredients. The jagerschnitzle was delicious, but the sauce had a slight bite to it that shouldn't have been there. The mustard was amazing, but the pretzel was lacking. Every self respecting German food fan knows a good pretzel, I'm pretty sure this was a frozen when from a grocery store. The Bratwurst I had though, was the best Bratwurst I had since I ate one at Carnival this winter in Koln. The sauerkraut and red cabbage was also delicious, and had a more German than American taste to it, so I did really enjoy that. Overall, I would go back, I just don't think people going there should expect it to taste like something you'd eat in Germany.
I have never been to Germany. I have, however: A) been to the Biergarten Restaurant in Epcot Germany when I was a freshman in high school. Our server was a girl named Steffi. She offered us beer as polka hypnotically drifted through the sound system. And I ate my literal weight in hot potato salad from the buffet. It was amazing. B) lived in Ireland with a German woman, her son, and their Slovakian au pair. I'm sure there's a joke in there somehow. Anyway, I don't remember us eating anything really German-specific... we mostly drank. C) supposedly have some German ancestry. We pay homage to this by hanging a pickle in our Christmas tree. Obviously, this makes me an expert on all things German.* That being said, I think Richard's is an absolute gem in the Maine culinary scene. You want big ol' platters of meat? Some herring and sour cream? Some chicken stuffed phyllo? A slab of deep fried veal? YOU GOT IT!!! Unless you're a vegetarian... which I am. Then what to eat? Well, when I came - I knew full well that the menu was severely limiting. So I really just wanted four things: beer and pretzels to the sweet sounds of Bavarian "oom-pah" music while enjoying the great company I was with. And, ooooooooh boy, did I get what I asked for (in the best way possible). Big glasses of Hefeweizen and all-I-could-eat pretzels (which, by the way, are deceivingly dense - also, I can't believe the servers were okay with bringing us more and more AND MORE AND MORE pretzels like that... how amazing!) dredged in spicy mustard with accordion music and hearty laughter for hours. Yes, yes please. What I wanted more than anything was the hot potato salad, however it had meat in it. So, in the end, I ordered the Käse Spätzle - the only thing on the menu I could order. However, It was basically the most deliriously delicious mac and cheese I've ever eaten in my life (and I don't even like mac and cheese). Egg noodles sautéed in an uber creamy swiss cheese sauce topped with perfectly caramelized onions? Mmmhmmm, that happened. And I couldn't even eat my entire plate... that's how much there was on it. I would get this again. I would get this again and again! The ONLY thing I wasn't a huge fan of was the desserts (we tried both types of sacher torte and the apple strudel - which was cold and tasted like there wasn't any sugar in it). This is just not their forte, but honestly: you're probably going to be too stuffed to eat some anyway! I haven't been that pleasantly uncomfortable in a long time! Finally... the staff. Accommodating? Patient? Thoughtful? Kind? These folks had it in droves. I can't believe how perfect our evening of service was. Thank you, Richard's, for making our night out so easy and fun! (*This IN NO WAY makes me an expert)

(207) 729-9673

American (Traditional), German

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Thai Villa Restaurant

207 Pleasant St
Brunswick, 04011
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mmmm, drunken noodles. :)
Best pad Thai ever, really. Everyone I was with loved their rice and noodle dishes. Subtle, authentic spices and fresh fresh ingredients. One bummer is that it's take-out only. But so worth finding somewhere else to eat!
The best Thai food in town. Don't be fooled by its modest exterior- the service is quick and friendly, and the food is absolutely delicious. I live out of state now, but always make a trip there when I come to visit family.

(207) 725-5959

Thai

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Big Top Deli

70 Maine St
Brunswick, 04011
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A good place to stop in for a lunch or breakfast. A good variety of sandwich's hot and cold. A line during lunch but haven't had much trouble getting in and out in reasonable time.
The perfect hangover place or weekend lunch place. I go there 3-4 times a month. I always order the barnum (pumpernickel, swiss (I think), thousand island dressing, coleslaw and turkey.) Either that or the veggie melt. Comes with a bag of chips and a pickle. Always packed during the lunch hour on weekends...they recently opened up for dinner on certain nights. It's one of those places where you find your favourite sandwich, and it's just so hard to let go and try a new one. Favorites seem to be the Hoax, Goose, Trailblazer. They also have a small counter for meats and cheeses for takeaway.
Big city style deli in a small town. Ate here after years of hearing good things. Had a delicious chicken sandwich on a toasted french roll. Everything was wonderfully fresh and very satisfying. I would rave more on how good the food was but it was after all just a chicken sandwich. It was like you ought to be able to expect but really cannot since so few delis seem to care. They really seems to care. Only downside is that it was a bit pricey by Maine standards. Though one generally gets what they pay for.

(207) 721-8900

Delis, Sandwiches

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Big Top Deli

70 Maine St
Brunswick, 04011
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Awesome food and amazing service.. Breakfast and lunch. Good selection of veggie sandwiches as well.
I rarely complain about food, but this was the worst lox and bagel I've ever had. The lox weren't fresh and tasted fishy -- a waste of a good bagel.. The server was unfriendly and made no effort to compensate for a bad experience.
Big city style deli in a small town. Ate here after years of hearing good things. Had a delicious chicken sandwich on a toasted french roll. Everything was wonderfully fresh and very satisfying. I would rave more on how good the food was but it was after all just a chicken sandwich. It was like you ought to be able to expect but really cannot since so few delis seem to care. They really seems to care. Only downside is that it was a bit pricey by Maine standards. Though one generally gets what they pay for.

(207) 721-8900

Delis, Sandwiches

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Shere Punjab

46 Maine St
Brunswick, 04011
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This restaurant is my favorite for Indian food. When we lived in Maine, my family would come here about once a week. Their selection of dishes is phenomenal, and not overwhelming like some Indian restaurants. The staff are pleasant and patient (like when I can't decide what I want because it's all delicious). On a side-note, there isn't a baby-changing station in the restroom -- made changing a diaper difficult.
Make sure to ask less butter on naan. Curry was delicious. Not much decor or service.
Best Indian food I've found so far in Maine. Much better than any in Portland. Good sized portions, friendly service, and just the right amount of spices. Will be going back again and again! Tip if driving there, park in the big lot at the old mill and walk over if you can't find a spot in front or out back. The short walk was nice after stuffing my gut with curry goodness. Can't wait to dig into the leftovers and I'm still stuffed.

(207) 373-0422

Indian, Pakistani

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