The Badger Café and Pub

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4 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

289 Common Rd
Union, Maine, 04862-4449
United States

(207) 785-3336 | map

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Added by NewEnglandCliff on 12-20-2009

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Photo of Trisha_Badger
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great small town pub and cafe with a homey vibe. Great selection of local and international brews. Good prices and really great food too. Christy is a great host and Michael a spectacular and creative chef. LOVE the Badger!

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Photo of OJT1993
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of gwclark
4.22/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

An out of the way spot well worth visiting
Of note - the review below was framed and placed on their wall
A pretty good selection 6 drafts and multiple bottles listed by style in the beer menu
I had the cask Fryes Leap IPA which was the best beer I have had in my trip to Maine
We were the only table in the mid afternoon
Pretty nice looking place- fairly typical Maine decor, but inviting
Very goof food
I had an excellent Cob salad and my wife the grilled chicken sandwich
Worth a trip if you are near - best selection I have seen on the mid Maine coast

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Photo of NewEnglandCliff
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Most of my travels bring me to destinations where I know there will be great beer. I plan that so it's expected, but when you happen upon such a place where you didn't expect to find that's a real pleasure.

The Badger Cafe and Pub is one of those places. Set in agricultural Union, Maine, which is attractively hilly with several lakes but not on most travelers' itinerary. If you're anywhere along the Maine central coast (which IS a vacation destination) you should really make a small side trip here. It's 20-25 minutes from Camden, Rockport, and Rockland, which you can get a glimpse of, along with the ocean and islands, from some of Unions hills. Not much further from Damariscotta, Belfast, or Augusta, on the oldest common in Maine, the Union Common. With less than a dozen buildings on the common, this is the only restaurant.

It's owned by a friendly and talented couple, Mike and Christy. Christy, whose family name the cafe is named after, runs the compact bar, with 5 or 6 stools, while Mike runs the kitchen and is head chef. The dozen or so tables are served by some very attentive and knowledgeable staff. The decor is that of a bright country cafe with always changing local artists work adorning the walls. An easy atmosphere great for conversation. Sporting events are usually shown on the moderate size TV in the corner above and behind the light wood bar. The volume is usually down until later in the evening. There are plenty of bar games and unique bar puzzles to occupy the time between beer sips.

And the beer...what a surprise! Six taps of great micros and imports. There's always at least one Belgian and one big beer. Last week they had Chambly Noire, Carolus Noel, Schneider Weiss, Stone Ruination, Thirsty Dog Old Leghumper, and Bavic pils. Bavik has been a regular for awhile, but all the others rotate. $3.50 happy hour pints, and very reasonable otherwise. There are around 50 well selected micros and imports, including several great Belgians, with not a single industrial lager. The beers have always been in top form during our many visits.

Pair these with the great, simple but expertly and creatively prepared menu and you get happy. Most ingredients are produced locally, including cheese, produce, meats, and wines (There are two wineries/distilleries right in Union, one making a gin that Wine Enthusiast magazine rates as one of the best two gins in the world, but that's another story). I love the polenta lasagna, Mediterranean shrimp, mac and cheese, and grilled chicken artichoke sandwich on stirato bread. Great burgers, very fresh salads, plus they always have several specials, including the daily steak. There's always several homemade desserts that change daily, including locally made ice cream. They usually even have freeze pops for 50 cents. This summer Mike won the first Maine "Iron Chef" competition at the Common Ground Fair. Several times throughout the year they have beer dinners on one of their closed days (Mon. & Tues.). These feature a specially prepared menu, serving a different beer with each course and are a great value. We attended one and loved it, plus all of us took home unique Belgian beer glasses.

They also offer Sat. & Sun. brunch. Establishments like this are very rare in rural Maine or elsewhere. Open about 2 years, my wife and I are regulars whenever we visit the area. We try to make that frequently, and we both highly recommend it!

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The Badger Café and Pub in Union, ME
Place rating: 4.56 out of 5 with 4 ratings