New York bagels, vegan donuts and Puerto Rican cuisine among new dining options in the Bangor area



For a quick breakfast or lunch, the simplest option can often be something portable – things that you can hold in one hand while doing something else in the other, like checking your phone, walking around the phone. dog or read the Bangor Daily News.

There are lots of fun new options for hand-held treats in the Bangor area, whether it’s sweet, savory, or somewhere in between.

Bill’s Bagels, a bakery specializing in soft New York-inspired bagels, began selling earlier this year at area farmers’ markets, including those in Brewer, Holden and Howland. Co-owner Will Martin began making baked goods for his wife, Kim, while she was pregnant and stuck at home in Eddington during the early days of the pandemic.

Kim Martin, who like her husband is from New Jersey, craved New York-style bagels, a delicacy not easily found in the Bangor area. Will decided to give it a try, and over the long months of the pandemic, he began to perfect his recipe, experimenting with ingredients and ratios until he got the perfect chew.

“A lot of people say it’s the water in New York City that makes a New York bagel special, but I’m not quite sure that’s true,” said Will Martin, who when he did isn’t in the kitchen, works for Orono Brewing Co. “We’re still working to make it perfect, but we’re getting close to it.”

Clockwise from left: Bill Martin, owner of Bill’s Bagels, prepares an order for a customer at the Holden Farmers Market Friday; Bill’s Bagels at Holden Farmers Market; and Kim Martin cuts a bagel to display samples at the Holden Farmers Market. Credit: Linda Coan O’Kresik / BDN

Classic varieties like Plain, Everything, Onion and Cinnamon Raisin are still available, as are specialty flavors like Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Basil, Bacon and Cheddar, Blueberries and an Egg Bagel at Loud Dog Farm duck egg base in Holden.

The Holden Farmers Market, new this year on Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 723 Main Road, has been a particularly interesting proving ground for Martins and their bagels.

“There are so many people driving on 1A who are from New York and New Jersey, so we’ve had people stop to try them out and say we’re doing it right,” said Will Martin.

In the old town, fans of Caribbean food – especially Puerto Rican cuisine – now have a place to eat borinquen treaty. Low Key Coqui originally settled at the now closed Bangor Flea Market on Hogan Road. Once the pandemic started, the crew took a break, but are now back and taking take out orders, to be picked up in the Old Town.

Every week, Low Key Coqui makes big batches of empanadillas (mini empanadas, basically), papa’s relleno (a potato croquette stuffed with beef and cheese), and dessert empanadas. Savory empanadillas are packed with flavors including chicken and cheese, beef and cheese, pizza flavored versions, and hot and spicy versions of all three, while dessert empanadas are filled with apples or guava and cream cheese.

To order, message them on Facebook or email them at [email protected] Right now, food is available for pickup, packaged and frozen for reheating at home. Low Key Coqui also has a Puerto Rican dining menu, including classics like Spanish rice and pernil, a simmered roast pork.

Bill and Kim Martin started selling their New York-inspired bagels called Bill’s Bagels at area farmers markets earlier this year. Credit: Linda Coan O’Kresik / BDN

And finally, don’t forget to try the donuts. Vegan donuts, that is, from two different vendors in Bangor, both of whom started making animal-free treats this year.

The Donut Grove makes both cake donuts and yeast yeast donuts in a wild variety of flavors, like S’mores (a chocolate donut topped with vegan marshmallows and graham cracker crumbles), County Sweet Potato ( a sweet potato donut with cinnamon sugar) and Milk & Cereals (a vanilla donut topped with almond milk infused with cereals and sweet and savory pieces of cereal). They sell every Sunday at the Bangor Farmers Market, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

And at the European Farmers Market, also in Bangor on Saturdays from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, Mediterranean Cuisine by TS also offers vegan donuts, in flavors like coffee chocolate, wild blueberry and super lemon. This is in addition to its long-standing menu of Lebanese and Syrian dishes, like falafels, homemade pita bread, baba ganoush, and other goodies.


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