25 East Main St.
It’s safe to say that Coastal Coffee, which opened about a year and a half ago in downtown Searsport, has changed the little seaside town in a big way. And I’d know – I grew up there, and the fact that I can get a wrap and a cappuccino in town fills me with caffeinated joy.
Though there are daily specials, Coastal Coffee specializes in made-to-order sandwiches. Thick slices of ham, turkey or roast beef are piled on top of locally made bread (I recommend the rye) and topped with fresh veggies (I recommend the amazing dill pickles). There are several varieties of homemade soup available each day, and an assortment of yummy scones, muffins and cookies to tempt your post-lunch appetite.
Then, of course, there’s the coffee – both New England Coffee and Rock City Coffee, the latter of which comes from a few miles down the coast in Rockland. There’s also fancy root beer and other sodas, and Wyman’s blueberry juice if you’re feeling really deluxe.
But it’s the local flavor that really kicks it up a notch. With families, retirees and teenagers stopping in at all hours, it’s a nice cross-section of life in Searsport, and the T-shirts that adorn the walls are up for sale, as well as photographs and artwork that showcase local talent. You can eat in, and watch business go by out on the street – or you could take it with you, and walk down to the park or the wharf and have your lunch.
Either way, for someone who remembers when all downtown Searsport had was a handful of stores, two banks and a post office, it’s a most welcome addition to a growing community. And a tasty one, too.