Katie and I set out for Montreal this past Sunday, and so far it has been an awesome trip. Before crossing the border, we had a nice surprise for an unplanned breakfast at The Local Hub Market and Cafe in Greenwood, ME. This part of was somewhat unchartered territory for us. It seems most times that we have headed to Canada we had to go south and then north through New Hampshire and Vermont. I guess circumstances such as dropping off one or more of our children to be watched or picking up family or friends caused our route to be altered. This time, direct from Portland we had barely any highway time and spent a good portion of the ride through Maine on Route 26.
At the get-go, we decided that some quick snacks and coffee from a local Cumby’s would not suffice
nor the dreaded DD (or is is just Dunkin now?), so we were determined to find a quick local stop along the way. The only other rule was that the stop had to be on our route. So off we went from Portland to Cumberland, to Gray, to Poland, to Oxford, to Paris, and it seemed much to our dismay that breakfast might not be happening. Out of now where came The Hub. Katie pointed it out and I slammed on the brakes and we pulled in (sorry to the driver behind us for the near death experience).
The Hub definitely gave a different vibe for its first impression. It definitely is our winner of the category for best breakfast from a restaurant with signs on the front saying “KAYAK RENTALS” or even better, “GET YOUR WORMS AND CRAWLERS HERE.” When you enter though, The Hub has the feel of a cozy cafe and local artist hangout.
By just smelling the fresh baked goods and seeing the finished products on the counter, we knew that this was gonna be good and probably would deserve a repeat visit our next time through.
The Hub has a great selection on their menu, so it was hard decision for both of us, but I ended up with The New Sandwich Deluxe (would like to try the old one too if it’s still around) and Katie went for The Breakfast Burrito.
After a short wait, which we didn’t mind since we were able to enjoy our coffee drinks and the art on the walls, our orders were ready. Rather than eat in the car we decided to sit out on a picnic bench just outside The Hub. It was a pleasant day and it was nice that it was right on the water. Both orders looked great.
I’m not usually a fan of goat cheese, but it really worked on this sandwich when combined with the pesto. The bread had great flavor and was perfectly toasted. A win all around. Katie loved the burrito and the couple of bites I had had nice flavor and a perfect touch of heat. The portions were large enough that we could only eat half and wrapped up the rest for the rest of the trek north (I finished my sandwich a couple of hours later and I think it tasted even better then).
The Hub seems to have a solid local following. There was a steady stream of regulars and visitors coming in and the staff provided great service to everyone. They also had a great selection of local meat and other products that I would have tried if I was staying local. Next time we roll through Greenwood, The Hub will be a definite stop.
See you on the road!