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When Pigs Fly

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

14 Reviews
When Pigs FlyWhen Pigs Fly
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

460 US Route 1
Kittery, Maine, 03904-5507
United States

(207) 438-7036 | map
sendbread.com

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Added by lordofthewiens on 06-28-2011

PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
31
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
4.81%
 
 
Taps:
20
Bottles/Cans:
10
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 31
Reviews by ElGallo:
Photo of ElGallo
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place is just north of the Kittery outlets, about a 10-minute drive from downtown Portsmouth. Stopped in for lunch. Atmosphere is clean, warm and inviting. Long bar with big TVs. Pizzas and salads are excellent. Sandwich options look good too. Beer selection was very impressive. Beer prices are pretty good, and they offer 4.75 oz. tasters for about $2 each, so you can sample a bunch. I did a 7-sampler flight, which came in nice fluted glasses in a wood rack. About 20 beers and 5 wines (yes, red and white wines) on tap. I had DFH Pangaea and Faithfull Ale, Bigfoot, Lunch IPA, Oxbow Farmhouse, Allagash Hugh Malone, and Long Trail Triple Bag. First time I ever saw Maine Beer Co.'s Lunch IPA on draft. They also had Peeper Ale and some other nice offerings, several good bottles too. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area - possibly the best draft list in the seacoast area, plus great food.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of coombski
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of SomethingClever
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of LeRose
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

We love this place - it is a must-stop every time we head North for the bakery and a nice lunch with a good beer.

An industrial chic vibe to the place, yet somehow it feels "homey". Very comfortable, reasonably spacious. The patio-like indoor area is usually a bit more quiet. It can be loud and raucous in the main area around the kitchen, but it's a "good" noisy if that makes sense.

In general, the food has been excellent. We usually get an appetizer or two with the ungodly sounding sopressata, Medjool date, and hot honey pizza - yeah, well it is an awesome pie. The flavor that coal-fired over gives a pizza and the chew on the crust it develops is just fantastic. The only thing I can't recommend is anything to do with calamari - we had two plates of it that were BAD (soggy, fishy). The waitress handled it very nicely and we were happy with the eventual outcome, but it literally left a bad tastes in our mouths. While pizza is the big deal, we've had excellent sandwiches and small plates as well. Service has always been top shelf, and they do know the beer menu as well as the food menu.

The beer selection is nicely varied and interesting, but is never the same twice in our experience. I usually don't drink when we're on the road, but I always feel like this place calls for a beer. Rarely will I revert to me default iced tea. But we do the restaurant followed by the bakery for their amazing bread, ample samples, so I don't worry about hopping right back into the vehicle.

It isn't the least expensive place to eat, but the bread is a bargain. In our minds, it's worth the cost overall.

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Photo of mklisz
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of psweendogg
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Great draft list, great food options, cool spot overall.

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Photo of CTFalcon
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of rjp217
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of TheBungyo
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I'll admit, I was shocked at the quality and quantity of great beer on tap. No, it's not the most or best I've ever seen but you could plop this place down into a sizable city with lots of good beer options and it would still stand among the best. Amazingly, it's located sort of in the middle of nowhere. Food too was great and the service was prompt.

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Photo of mrob22278
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Sderoche77
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of sdaly3
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of TTTBeer
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of jwps214
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Carpentiere
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of cincysig
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of MRsojourner
4/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Standard stop for me and my family on our annual trips to Maine. Nice family atmospher great temperature for dining with inside and outside dinning. 20+ tap list full if local and abroad beers that will satisfy most pallets. Great wood fried pizza with a wonderful bread shop next door. Hostess was a bit of a bitch but the server was super friendly. Very good place deserving of a visit.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

A real nice surprise, beer-wise in a tourist-centered area of Maine. The tap list hosts about 20 offerings, all of which are of decent quality. I went with a Stone 10th Anniversary Ruination and an Evil Twin Yang...nice choices not just for the area. Service was timely and somewhat knowledgeable about beer. Food was a bit more upscale than a typical pub or pizzeria...very solid.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.63/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Finally stopped in to When Pigs Fly Pizzaria. I only live a mile from this place and only been one other time, my first experiance was just just after it opened and I was less than impressed. But my wife and I tried again. Must say it was a better than before all around for the most part. Beer selection rotates, so diferent brews on tap and bottle all the time. But they keep a good selection of craft brews from around the country and world. Pizza was much better this time around than last. Of course we had to try the bread sampler, which I highly recommend because I am a huge fan of their breads! Staff was knowledgable and friendly. The only thing I can complain about was the atmosphere. It is way too loud in that place, I had to yell to my wife, who was right next to me, just to ask what she was getting. But overall decent place to stop if you are in the area and looking for something differant, in the line of pizza and beer that is.

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Photo of gnuguy
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

This place has some great pizza and a decent selection of taps for the area. Beer selection includes a lot of well know craft breweries, as well as some less know local beers. They offer a beer sampler at a pretty decent price. At one point I think the sold beer by the growler but I haven't seen the growlers for sale in a while.

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Photo of MThiele360
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Amazing to see When Pigs Fly grow from a bread bakery in a converted house a little further down Route 1 into the expansive retail store and pizzeria they are today. In opening up the pizzeria, they seem to have done everything right.

The atmosphere is very pleasing. The restaurant can be found on the right side of the building - the left side houses the bakery's retail store. When you walk in, the bar is right in front of you. There is maybe 15 seats at the bar as well as a few seat-yourself tables in the bar area. To the right is the restaurant, including seating on the enclosed patio. The kitchen is back right, open to the restaurant.

Quality, from the food to the beer selection to the staff, is top notch. They are clearly going for the best of the best in everything they do.

Service, in my experience, is excellent. When I've sat at the bar the bartenders are attentive, knowledgeable about beer and very friendly. The servers in the restaurant are the same way, knowledgeable and they don't let you sit with an empty glass.

The selection is top quality, very comparable to what's available at Black Birch down the road. 20 taps, with a nice selection of crafts - locals, imports and other American crafts. You'll often find Marshall Wharf on draft here, which I haven't seen at Black Birch.

The food is excellent. The pizza is the focus here, but don't overlook the rest of the menu. The snacks and small dishes are delicious and varied, and the sandwiches are some of the best I've found in the area. I'm from New York and picky about pizza, and while this is in no way New York pizza it's the best pizza you're going to find in the area. Think more Italian style.

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When Pigs Fly in Kittery, ME
4.37 out of 5 based on 31 ratings.
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