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Excepting Portland, Ogunquit has got to be the latest-open-hours town in Maine: Amazingly, many places stay open until 10 or 11pm in summer.

Where the main Route 1 strip meets Perkins Cove Road, you’ll find a tremendous variety of bakeries, coffee shops, markets, and restaurants. Bread & Roses Bakery, 246 Main St. (tel. 207/646-4227), skillfully turns out cupcakes, peanut-butter-and-chocolate cake, raspberry mousse, cookies, and the like; there’s outdoor seating as well. The Village Food Market, 230 Main St. (tel. 207/646-2122), stocks good wines, ready-to-go meals, and staples, and it also has a small deli; try the house red-eye coffee.

There are also several lobster pounds packed into and around the little downtown, most of them seasonal; try the Ogunquit Lobster Pound (504 Main St.; tel. 207/646-2516), Oarweed (65 Perkins Cove Rd.; tel. 207/646-4022), or Barnacle Billy’s (50 Perkins Cove Rd.; tel. 800/866-5575 or 207/646-5575). For a casual dinner, friendly La Pizzeria, 239 Main St. (tel. 207/646-1143), dishes out dependable sandwiches, meatballs, and pizza pies—plus it stays open later than just about anyplace else in Maine (usually until 11pm in summer). Like most places in town, though, it’s closed in winter.

Breakfast in Ogunquit

Standout breakfast joints abound in Ogunquit. The excellent Caffé Prego recently absorbed much of the menu and kitchen staff of the dearly departed Amore Breakfast, an Ogunquit institution for a quarter-century. Also check out the reliable Egg & I, 501 Main St. (tel. 207/646-8777; no credit cards), and the little Cove Café, 4 Oarweed Rd. (tel. 207/646-2422), near Perkins Cove.

Doing Doughnuts in Wells
Cruising the Wells-Ogunquit axis, foodies will want to check out venerable Congdon’s Doughnuts Family Restaurant & Bakery (tel. 207/646-4219) on Route 1 between the two towns. Clint and Dot “Nana” Congdon moved to Maine and opened a family style restaurant in 1945; Nana’s sinkers proved so popular that she relocated the whole operation to Wells 10 years later and went into the doughnut business full-time. Chocolate-chocolate is ever-popular, but you can’t go wrong with almost anything else among the dozens of choices—pillowy raised doughnuts; filled blueberry doughnuts; butter crunch, honey-dipped, sugar twist, and chocolate honey doughnuts . . . or one of the seasonal specials such as maple, apple, or pumpkin doughnuts. You can also eat diner meals here, most of which involve fried food and/or breakfast fare. Sure, they added a drive-through window a while back, but this place retains its original character (and that includes the local characters dining inside). The secret? They use lard. Yes, lard. Schedule the EKG now. Congdon’s is open Thursday through Sunday, year-round from 6am to 3pm.
 

 

 

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