Any Augusta local will recommend The Red Barn if you have a hankering for a lobster roll, seafood chowder, ‘steamers,’ or fried shellfish. A place that refreshingly leaves pretension behind, The Red Barn is a no frills seafood joint with picnic tables and booths for enjoying Maine classics. For those in your party who aren’t enticed by seafood, The Red Barn offers chicken dishes.
The Red Barn, 455 Riverside Drive, Augusta, ME, USA +1 207 623 9485
Located in downtown Augusta, close to the Kennebec River, Riverfront BBQ and Grille offers southern-style favorites like ‘Memphis rub’ ribs and chicken, jambalaya, and smoked sausage with rice, beans, and cornbread. After lunch or dinner, visit The Gin Mill upstairs for a drink, or take a walk on the ‘Rail Trail,’ a nearby paved pathway for bikers and joggers that runs along the river from Augusta to Hallowell and Gardiner.
A favorite lunch spot in Augusta, The Bay Wrap offers imaginative wraps with a lot of personality. Whether inspired by Greek, Southern, Thai, German, or Arab cuisine, The Bay Wrap’s sandwiches are great meals on the go, packed with things like jasmine rice and teriyaki chicken, or pulled pork and spicy slaw.
The Bay Wrap, 1 Hichborn Street, Augusta, ME, USA +1 207 620 9727
A longstanding take-out joint in central Maine, Whippers is known for its Italians, hot sandwiches, pizza, and their ‘Big Whip.’ Whippers is busy at lunchtime, so if you’re in Augusta, try their delivery service. Whippers is conveniently located next to the traffic circle on the east side of the river, and to several different routes that lead to the Maine coast.
Whippers Pizza, 9 Bangor Street, Augusta, ME, USA +1 207 622 1471
The only locally-owned bagel shop in the area, Bagel Mainea is the place to go for bagel sandwiches. Bagel Mainea makes a variety of sweet and savory bagels, including blueberry, pumpkin, black olive rosemary, and sourdough cheddar.
Bagel Mainea, 190 Western Avenue, Augusta, ME, USA +1 207 626 5581