Naples is a small, charming village in the Lakes Region of Maine. Tourists come to Long Lake for boating, renting jet skis and kayaks or taking a cruise on the Songo River Queen. You will often see groups of Harley Davidson motorcycles parked after a beautiful ride on the winding back roads. The Naples causeway has many shops and restaurants and is a nice place to take a walk and perhaps have an ice cream.
Most people trying to find a place to stop for a bite to eat, are looking for a restaurant that is casual and laid back. I think the best spot on the shores of Long Lake is the Freedom Cafe and Pub. The large red building with white trim has a nice front porch with rocking chairs. The interior of the beautiful 200 year old post and beam building has a lodge feel with a moose head hung above a massive stone fireplace. This room has table service and a large bar with flat screen televisions but just keep walking to the back deck.
You can sit at a table in the shade, by the railing in the sun or by the large outdoor stone fireplace. You can also have drinks and a meal at picnic tables out on the lawn where there is a “beach party” with music on Saturdays. If you come by boat, the cafe has private docks where you can tie up.
Don’t expect haute cuisine (you need to be in Portland for that) but you will be very pleased with the simple American cuisine. The menu has everything from a large platter of nachos, stuffed Portobello mushroom, crab cakes, and mussels as appetizers to hamburgers, fish and chips, pasta, steaks and even prime rib (on Fri. and Sat.).
I haven’t mentioned lobster…do they have lobster. Let me count the ways: warm lobster meat with drawn butter, lobster stew, lobster bruschetta, lobster cobb salad, lobster carbonara, and last but definitely not least lobster roll.
I can’t tell you about desserts because I am always too full. I do know that they have their own pastry chef and I have heard good things about the desserts. Perhaps you can let me know what was your favorite. Maybe I could start with dessert…that’s an idea I might have to try soon.
I don’t know of a better place to sip a cool drink, have a casual meal, watch the boats pass by, and hopefully share a summer day with friends. Naples… life the way it should be.