Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods

Their website says "Good times are in the air at the Great Lost Bear."

This restaurant/brew pub is the home of the Maine Brew Pub Cup held every January; the home of The Magic Hat Mardi Gras in February; the place where Christmas in July happens every July,  site of OctoBEARfest at the end of September;   the landing field for Gritty McDuff's Halloween Ale Party in October; and the place to wind down to the end of the year with  the Twelve Beers of Christmas in December.

If you are a beer afficionado, you'll find no less than 69 taps serving the very best of brews from northeast micro-breweries including Geary's. Allagash Brewing Company, and Sheepscot's.  The bar has been named one of the Top Ten Beer Bars in the United States by  Celebrator Beer News, Barleycorn, Beer Advocate and The Malt Advocate.  All About Beer Magazine named the Great Lost Bear as one of the "Top 125 Places to have a beer before you die."  And if that isn't enough to impress you, Gourmet Magazine named it as "one of the greatest bars on earth!"

The atmosphere is comfortable and cozy.  There are lots of intereting memorabilia on the walls.

That being said, I came for the Food!  The Bear has a varied menu.  There's something for everyone, from taste-tempting appetizers, to sandwiches and wraps, salads and steaks, and even vegetarian options.  There are so many choices, it took us a while to make our decisions!

Hubby perused the selections of draft beer available ...  there were more than we'd seen anywhere!
But you really need to eat here to appreciate the place fully.

Hubby picked a tossed salad with a creamy Italian dressing.

He followed that up with a Philly Cheesesteak and fries.  The sandwich came in a crusty roll, stuffed with peppers and onions and topped with the Bear's special cheese sauce.  The fries were potato slices about a quarter inch thick and fried to a golden brown.

My choice was the cheeseburger.  While I could have had cheddar, Swiss, or American cheese, I, too, went for the Bear's special cheese sauce.  My burger was thick and juicy, cooked medium well, just like I asked, and those fries were really delicius, too!  My only complaint was that the burger was so big that I had no room left for one of their palate-pleasing, gooey desserts.  (There was one that mentioned chocolate cake, ice cream, fudge sauce, and whipped cream served in a mason jar that was calling me, but I just couldn't find room for it!)

The Great Lost Bear is a fun place to eat and drink.  Our waitress was friendly and efficient, and there just were so many meals and beverages available that one visit just isn't enough!  We'll be going back soon, I'm certain!  If you want to learn more about this fun establishement, click here and visit their website.  Be sure to browse and check out the menu; plus, they even have a live webcam!

Note: I was not compensated in any manner for writing this post. The opinions expressed are all mine!

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Joanna Jenkins said...

Although I'm not a beer drinker, this looks like my kind of place! The sandwiches look terrific and the cheese options are a plus! Sorry you didn't have room for the dessert!.. Maybe next time.
Cheers, jj

Average Girl said...

Eva... I am so sending snow your way... LOL


R. J. said...

I like beer, finally, after many years of hating it. My taste buds have changed with age. I'm not a brew snob so I will drink anything fermented.

BTW, I liked your post yesterday, especially the one about the nuns. I thought they were considered the "bride of Christ"--didn't he have one? It's hard to tell where the mythology ends and reality begins.

Brian Miller said...

oh me some pub food...

Vodka Logic said...

Love those kind of eclectic restaurants.. always have yummy food

Debbie said...

Hi Eva!! What a treat for you to do a restaurant review on one I pass every time I go to Portland! I haven't been there in a while but my kids frequent it. My daughter works for Gritty's and Margaritas down on St. John AND dates a Geary's brewer!! I quit drinking 7 years ago and smoking almost one year ago. Now if I could just get that food thing down pat! I guess this isn't a great time of year to start that huh? That burger and fries and hubby's sandwich looked so good! I had no idea they were into beer so much or that they hosted all those events. Oh to be young and drinking again!

Claudia said...

oh my - i wish i could download this cheeseburger....hmmm
have a lovely sunday eva

jules said...

OMG. That cheesesteak looks amazing. That looks like a wonderful place to go be mellow!

jules said...

OMG. That cheesesteak looks amazing. That looks like a wonderful place to go be mellow!

Jen said...

Wow...that was a great review ...makes you want to sit back, down a few, enjoy your friends, and forget that it is in the high 20s outside! And of course EAT!~!!!!

David Waters said...

from firsr view of the window I think I would be in love...looks like a great place:)


Poetic Shutterbug said...

69 beers on tap? My kinda place. Beer and a Philly cheesesteak, you gotta love that :D

Kristina P. said...

My favorite places to eat are pubs and breweries. We don't drink alcohol, but they always have the best food.

Unknown Mami said...

Sounds like a place my husband would really enjoy.

Tara R. said...

You always feature some of the coolest restaurants. I would love going there for a pint and one of those Philly cheese steaks.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Eva, that looks like such a fun place, and that food made me SO hungry! I bet those fries are fantastic! If this is in Maine, it is even better!

Thanks so much for reading my roast on Eddie's blog. I appreciate so much that you took the time to comment. It's nice to meet you, too!


Sheila :-)

natalee said...

those fries look delicious!!!!!!!!mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.. you know i love your neck of the woods!!!!!

Little Lessons Under the Big Sky said...

I LOVE the 12 beers of Christmas! Now that is clever marketing! Looks like a good time, and looking at your pictures totally made me crazy for a Philly Cheesesteak! Something I haven't had in AGES!

Enjoyed this post. Jen

Eva Gallant said...

Debbie: I don't drink but two or three per year, but I love their food!

Jules: It's definitely a place you would love!

LittleLessons: It's certainly worth a stop if you ever get to Portland, Maine!

Jen: Let's plan to do just that one day!

Pat said...

That steak and cheese sandwich is humongous! What a great place! If we ever head up to your area, I'm going to have to go back and reread all your Sunday posts!

Lille Diane said...

Oh man... oh man... oh man with cheese sauce. I am so hungry now, Eva. Chocolate cake with fudge sauce served in a Mason jar. *sigh* ummmm how long does it take to get to Maine from OH?????