The Friday Lunch Series

At the beginning of the semester, my friend Schuyler and I decided that we would make good use of our class-free Friday schedules and always reward ourselves with a lunch out. Well, here we are halfway through the semester and let me tell you, I have had some good lunches. We’ve yet to repeat a restaurant (other than the den once) and the small culinary vacation is always a welcome treat. Because I love food, I will try my hardest to relive each meal by listing them, starting with yesterday.

Heidi’s Deli– Heidi’s is what every student crosses their fingers will cater a meeting/event/lunch that provides food. Amazing sandwiches. AMAZING. I had a Cajun Turkey and avacado sandwich on sourdough. MMM. It’s also right over the bridge in Auburn AND close to Shaws and starbucks making my other Friday errands easy to check off my list.

The Library Cafe– This pick was Schuyler’s, who discovered it at the Taste of Lewiston/ Auburn, which is a showcase for local restaurants for the entire Bates community in the fall. It’s a new little spot in the basement of the Auburn Library, and a great stop on our lunch tour. It was pouring rain that day, which also happened to be the opening day of Fuddy Meers, but we walked into the cozy spot and we were greeted by a delicious menu and friendly staff. I had a “Thoreau” (all of the sandwiches had literary names. Get it? Library?) which was some sort of turkey and cheddar sandwich with good spreads on great bread. (I’m kicking myself  for not remembering the exact combination. Well, looks like I’ll have to go back and check..)

Commons– On the day of Parent’s Weekend, in preparation for the gluttonous parent pampering to come, we decided to stick to campus. Boy, we wish we hadn’t. We were so used to our calm Fridays in quiet restaurants that a parent-overloaded commons made us immediately swear to go back to our lunching out plans for the rest of the semester.

The Bobcat Den– There have been two times where  we’ve opted to stay on campus, but instead of going to commons we head over to the den. The Den used to be the late night food place at Bates (before my time) when Old Commons was in use. Now, it’s operational only during the day, and therefore is a faculty and staff hangout. As we painfully found out, if you go at 12 to the den you will experience a similar horrible rush as going to commons at noon; but instead you will see your boss, your favorite professor, your least favorite professor, and everyone in between. Still, I’m partial to chicken salad on borealis bread when I go to the den, with a hot chai!

Marche- I wrote about Marche in my Parent’s Weekend post. It’s fuel’s (probably the best restaurant in Lewiston) little lunch spot, who also does one dinner on Mondays. Well, you would never guess that it was an ‘order at the cash register and pick up your food at the counter” place from the ambiance. It’s decorated very well: sophisticated, with a little fun in the pictures on the wall and the objects being displayed. Anyways, I had this amazing steak sandwich with cheese, peppers and onions and with horseradish mayo on a really delicious roll. Schuyler and I both ordered the same thing and were satisfied for probably three days. If anyone’s a repeat in this series, it will be Marche.

Grittys- A classic. We headed to this Maine pub-style restaurant early on in the semester. It’s a really good place and you know you can fill up on burgers, sandwiches, and other great pub foods no problem (and if the season’s appropriate, you can sit outside overlooking the river). I had a burger (of course. I love burgers) with bbq sauce, bacon, and cheddar cheese. MMmmm! Just thinking about it makes my stomach rumble.

There you have it– the Friday lunch series. Although I am spending a little bit of extra cash each week, it’s totally worth it and a great little vacation after a full week of work. I think we are almost running out of suggestions, but we have 5 more weeks to fill. We’ll see where we end up in the future! Who knows, all I can say is it better be delicious…

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I'm a senior at Bates College getting ready for thesis and the real world!

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