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15 Reasons to Love Biddeford and Saco's Growing Restaurant Scene

But don't call it the new Brooklyn.

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Many a Portlander has heard friends to the south extol the virtues of neighboring Biddeford and Saco, and they're not wrong: rent's cheaper, space is abundant, and excellent food and drink are returning to these once depressed mill towns, due in part to spillover from Portland's competitive restaurant scene. Between newcomers and downtown classics, Biddeford and Saco are now on the map for proper dining and drinking opportunities. Here are 15 spots to convince you of that.

Pro tip: while not a restaurant, Rabelais Books now calls Biddeford home, and it's a crucial stop for any culinary bibliophile. Note: map points are listed north to south.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Barreled Souls Brewing

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743 Portland Rd
Saco, ME 04072
(207) 602-6439
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Barreled Souls brews unique beers, tapping lesser-known styles with oddball ingredients like apples, cinnamon, cucumbers, dried hibiscus flowers, or even bacon. Settle into the cozy tasting room, a respite from busy Route One, and prepare to expand your beer horizons.

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2. Up & Up

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206 Main St
Saco, ME 04072

This dark, vintage-themed bar gets its name from the two flights of stairs you traverse on your way in, but also the phrase "on the up and up." The owners are winning customers over with cheap cocktails and welcoming "living room" environs replete with books, video games, and an outdoor porch.

3. Rapid Ray's

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189 Main St
Saco, ME 04072
(207) 282-1847
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Rapid Ray's, a staple on Saco's Main Street since the 1950s, delivers fast food the way you want it: with a side of nostalgia and none of the icky politics of multinational corporations. The menu of hot dogs, hamburgers, and onion rings is simple, just the way you imagine life in the good ol' days.

4. Quiero Cafe

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8 Pepperell Square
Saco, ME 04072
(207) 494-7267
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This newly-opened café in Saco offers Latin American cuisine like empanadas, burritos, and tamales. Smoothies and tropical juices contribute to the warm-weather vibe. Plans to open a second location in Portland are underway.

5. Rover Bagel

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10 W Point Ln STE 10-204
Biddeford, ME 04005
(207) 710-6248
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Rover Bagel returns to Biddeford after the owners briefly moved to greater Boston. Making wood-fired bagels with flavored cream cheese spreads, Rover Bagel has been enthusiastically welcomed by the locals.

6. Night Moves Bread

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10 W Point Ln Suite 207
Biddeford, ME 04005

Baker Kerry Hanney set up shop in a mill building baking sourdough bread using locally-grown grains. The bakery also produces a few sweets like brownies with rye sourdough starter and Mexican chocolate. Preorder online and pick up on Saturdays at the bakery’s takeout window (items available without preordering too).

7. Elements

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265 Main St
Biddeford, ME 04005
(207) 710-2011
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The tagline of this friendly shop tells you everything you need to know: "books, coffee, beer." Browse new and used books while you sip on a house-roasted coffee or one of the eight local beers on tap.

8. Round Turn Distilling

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32 Main Street Building 13W, Suite 103 Biddeford
ME, 04005 USA
(207) 370-9446
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This craft distillery is home to Bimini gin, a lighter style gin that works well in tropical cocktails. Enjoy one on the weekends in the tasting room, sparsely laid out with communal tables and a record player housed in a retro cabinet.

9. Banded Brewing Company

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32 Main St Bldg 12W
Biddeford, ME 04005
(207) 602-1561
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Located in the Pepperell Mill building, this brewery's open-concept tasting room has an industrial feel, a good view of the production equipment, and games like foosball and ping pong. Open daily for growler fills and samples of beers, which are a mix of classic and cutting-edge styles.

10. Palace Diner

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18 Franklin St
Biddeford, ME 04005
(207) 284-0015
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Envy Biddeford, home to the breakfast and lunch experts at Palace Diner, where pillowy pancakes, crispy hash, crunchy chicken, and a decadent burger have captured the hearts of diners. If you haven't been, go.

11. Lorne Wine

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61 Main St 1st Floor
Biddeford, ME 04005
(207) 494-8038
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This wine bar/bottle shop has a serious selection of wines, and owners Carson James and Erin Sheehan keep it accessible with a fun and approachable attitude. Wines by the glass, beer, and a small menu of quirky pub snacks (like cheeseballs) are available.

12. Time & Tide Coffee

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35 Main St Suite 102
Biddeford, ME 04005
(207) 571-9627
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Owned by New York transplants, one of whom is a 20-year coffee industry alum, this coffee shop and roastery offers single-origin coffees and blends. With a bright interior lit by floor-to-ceiling windows on Main Street, the shop offers another great option for high-quality coffee in Biddeford.

Chemex coffee, mug, and coffee bag on wooden counter in front of white tile backsplash Time & Tide/FB

13. Magnus on Water

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12 Water St
Biddeford, ME 04005
(207) 494-9052
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After undergoing the ambitious renovation of a gift shop and the adjacent public park, this Biddeford cocktail bar and restaurant opened to crowds in late January 2020. Chef Ben Jackson, formerly of Drifters Wife serves up a menu of small plates, while former Elda bartender Brian Catapang crafts inventive cocktails.

14. Pizza by Alex

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93 Alfred St
Biddeford, ME 04005
(207) 283-0002
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This Biddeford institution has been serving pizza and only pizza for over 50 years. The 10-inch pies are Greek-style, meaning a thicker crust with cheese to the edges, creating a crunchy topping on the crust. Cash only.

small pepperoni pizza with Coke cups in the background Pizza by Alex/FB

15. Coletti's Pizza Factory

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497 Elm St
Biddeford, ME 04005
(207) 571-4476
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Serving Neapolitan-style pizza, Coletti's is unassuming in a rennovated house on Route One in Biddeford. The no-frills "dining room" (it's take out only) sports a few bar stools, a drink cooler, and a TV tuned to Italian news. The cheese and sauce laden pies have a chewy, blackened crust, with toppings like salami and eggplant in addition to the standards.

1. Barreled Souls Brewing

743 Portland Rd, Saco, ME 04072
Adam H. Callaghan/Eater

Barreled Souls brews unique beers, tapping lesser-known styles with oddball ingredients like apples, cinnamon, cucumbers, dried hibiscus flowers, or even bacon. Settle into the cozy tasting room, a respite from busy Route One, and prepare to expand your beer horizons.

743 Portland Rd
Saco, ME 04072

2. Up & Up

206 Main St, Saco, ME 04072

This dark, vintage-themed bar gets its name from the two flights of stairs you traverse on your way in, but also the phrase "on the up and up." The owners are winning customers over with cheap cocktails and welcoming "living room" environs replete with books, video games, and an outdoor porch.

206 Main St
Saco, ME 04072

3. Rapid Ray's

189 Main St, Saco, ME 04072

Rapid Ray's, a staple on Saco's Main Street since the 1950s, delivers fast food the way you want it: with a side of nostalgia and none of the icky politics of multinational corporations. The menu of hot dogs, hamburgers, and onion rings is simple, just the way you imagine life in the good ol' days.

189 Main St
Saco, ME 04072

4. Quiero Cafe

8 Pepperell Square, Saco, ME 04072

This newly-opened café in Saco offers Latin American cuisine like empanadas, burritos, and tamales. Smoothies and tropical juices contribute to the warm-weather vibe. Plans to open a second location in Portland are underway.

8 Pepperell Square
Saco, ME 04072

5. Rover Bagel

10 W Point Ln STE 10-204, Biddeford, ME 04005

Rover Bagel returns to Biddeford after the owners briefly moved to greater Boston. Making wood-fired bagels with flavored cream cheese spreads, Rover Bagel has been enthusiastically welcomed by the locals.

10 W Point Ln STE 10-204
Biddeford, ME 04005

6. Night Moves Bread

10 W Point Ln Suite 207, Biddeford, ME 04005

Baker Kerry Hanney set up shop in a mill building baking sourdough bread using locally-grown grains. The bakery also produces a few sweets like brownies with rye sourdough starter and Mexican chocolate. Preorder online and pick up on Saturdays at the bakery’s takeout window (items available without preordering too).

10 W Point Ln Suite 207
Biddeford, ME 04005

7. Elements

265 Main St, Biddeford, ME 04005

The tagline of this friendly shop tells you everything you need to know: "books, coffee, beer." Browse new and used books while you sip on a house-roasted coffee or one of the eight local beers on tap.

265 Main St
Biddeford, ME 04005

8. Round Turn Distilling

32 Main Street Building 13W, Suite 103 Biddeford, ME, 04005 USA

This craft distillery is home to Bimini gin, a lighter style gin that works well in tropical cocktails. Enjoy one on the weekends in the tasting room, sparsely laid out with communal tables and a record player housed in a retro cabinet.

32 Main Street Building 13W, Suite 103 Biddeford
ME, 04005 USA

9. Banded Brewing Company

32 Main St Bldg 12W, Biddeford, ME 04005

Located in the Pepperell Mill building, this brewery's open-concept tasting room has an industrial feel, a good view of the production equipment, and games like foosball and ping pong. Open daily for growler fills and samples of beers, which are a mix of classic and cutting-edge styles.

32 Main St Bldg 12W
Biddeford, ME 04005

10. Palace Diner

18 Franklin St, Biddeford, ME 04005

Envy Biddeford, home to the breakfast and lunch experts at Palace Diner, where pillowy pancakes, crispy hash, crunchy chicken, and a decadent burger have captured the hearts of diners. If you haven't been, go.

18 Franklin St
Biddeford, ME 04005

11. Lorne Wine

61 Main St 1st Floor, Biddeford, ME 04005

This wine bar/bottle shop has a serious selection of wines, and owners Carson James and Erin Sheehan keep it accessible with a fun and approachable attitude. Wines by the glass, beer, and a small menu of quirky pub snacks (like cheeseballs) are available.

61 Main St 1st Floor
Biddeford, ME 04005

12. Time & Tide Coffee

35 Main St Suite 102, Biddeford, ME 04005
Chemex coffee, mug, and coffee bag on wooden counter in front of white tile backsplash Time & Tide/FB

Owned by New York transplants, one of whom is a 20-year coffee industry alum, this coffee shop and roastery offers single-origin coffees and blends. With a bright interior lit by floor-to-ceiling windows on Main Street, the shop offers another great option for high-quality coffee in Biddeford.

35 Main St Suite 102
Biddeford, ME 04005

13. Magnus on Water

12 Water St, Biddeford, ME 04005

After undergoing the ambitious renovation of a gift shop and the adjacent public park, this Biddeford cocktail bar and restaurant opened to crowds in late January 2020. Chef Ben Jackson, formerly of Drifters Wife serves up a menu of small plates, while former Elda bartender Brian Catapang crafts inventive cocktails.

12 Water St
Biddeford, ME 04005

14. Pizza by Alex

93 Alfred St, Biddeford, ME 04005
small pepperoni pizza with Coke cups in the background Pizza by Alex/FB

This Biddeford institution has been serving pizza and only pizza for over 50 years. The 10-inch pies are Greek-style, meaning a thicker crust with cheese to the edges, creating a crunchy topping on the crust. Cash only.

93 Alfred St
Biddeford, ME 04005

15. Coletti's Pizza Factory

497 Elm St, Biddeford, ME 04005

Serving Neapolitan-style pizza, Coletti's is unassuming in a rennovated house on Route One in Biddeford. The no-frills "dining room" (it's take out only) sports a few bar stools, a drink cooler, and a TV tuned to Italian news. The cheese and sauce laden pies have a chewy, blackened crust, with toppings like salami and eggplant in addition to the standards.

497 Elm St
Biddeford, ME 04005

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