I grew up on New York-made bagels. In fact, my husband was a bagel baker in high school.
He still bakes them on occasion. That’s a batch below he made this past year. Yes, I married well!
So, when it comes to bagels, our bar is pretty high.
Imagine how pleased we were when we moved to Kennebunk and discovered we could get delicoius bagels and wicked good coffee, too.
Photo by Leah Ingram
The only bagel “chain” with Maine roots is Mr. Bagel. It started in Portland, not Kennebunk.
There are 11 Mr. Bagel locations in Southern Maine. I grabbed a bit of the Mr. Bagel biography from the store website:
“The first bagel bakery in the state of Maine was established by Rick and Gail Hartglass in 1977 on Forest Ave. in Portland. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Rick saw a need to introduce Maine to the New York bagel. Through the years Mister Bagel has grown from a single neighborhood bakery to a thriving city bakery, offering wholesale and retail bagels.”
National Bagel Day
With it being National Bagel Day on January 15, I wanted to share two things about bagels. One, free and cheap deals on bagels from businesses in Southern Maine.
And, two, a list of bagel shops in the area. You might be surprised at how many there are.
And I’ve yet to try them all. But I will. I’ll be sure to bring my husband, too.
Deals for National Bagel Day
In 2023, Dunkin’ gave Dunkin’ Rewards Members a savory BOGO deal. You’ll got one free bagel with a spread when you purchased any bagel. They haven’t announced anything for 2024, but keep an eye out at your local store. Better yet, ask the employees, they should know about any promotions.
Bagel stores in Southern Maine
Here is an alphabetical listing, by town, of the bagel stores I’ve made note of to visit. Once I do, I’ll be sure to update this article with my thoughts on whether or not the bagels rose to the occasion or if my enthusiasm boiled over. (See what I did there? ((FYI – bagels are boiled before they are baked)).
Finally, if I discover that any of these eateries have deals for National Bagel Day, I’ll be sure to add that in the section above about deals for this national food day.
Keep in mind that many of these bagel shops are in “seasonal” towns like Old Orchard Beach and Wells. So they aren’t open at all during winter months, when National Bagel Day happens.
Rover Bagel, 10 W Point Ln. STE 10-204
Note: Rover is considered by many to be one of the best bagels in the area. They sellout virtually very day. So, here’s a pro tip. Order your bagels online first thing n the morning and pick them up at your convenience later.
Mr. Bagel Brunswick, 161 Pleasant St.
Mr. Bagel Falmouth, 204 US-1
Mr. Bagel Gorham, 13 New Portland Rd.
Christian’s Cafe, 41 Main St.
Kport Bagel, 2 Morning Walk Ln Cottage 6
Old Orchard Beach
Beach Bagel, 34 Old Orchard St.
Bagel Caboose, 176 State Rd.
Mr. Bagel Forest Avenue, 599 Forest Ave.
Mr. Bagel Congress Street, 539 Congress St.
Rose Foods, 428 Forest Ave.
The Great American Bagel, Portland Jetport
Union Bagel Company, 147 Cumberland Ave.
The Maine Bagel, 172 US-1
Mr. Bagel Mall Plaza, 220 Mall Plaza
Brewed Awakenings, 1846 Post Rd.
Mr. Bagel Westbrook, 609 Main St. #1
Mr. Bagel Windham, Don Rich Plaza
Mr. Bagel Yarmouth, 431 US-1
Bagel Basket, 280 York St.
Here is a guide to national food holidays and free food days throughout the year.