Cole Farms

Ice Cream Parlor | Sandwich Shop | Small Town Café
Memorable
One of the best
Save

As devotees of comfort food, we salute a restaurant that makes four kinds of pudding daily: tapioca, bread, Grape Nuts, and Indian. Plus about a dozen pies, including mince in the cold months. Plus good ice cream for banana splits, frappes (milk, ice cream, and flavoring), shakes, and sodas. Cole Farms is known for all these things, but dessert is only the finale to this story of inland Maine foursquare cuisine. Opened as a farmland diner in 1952, Cole Farms still can be relied on to serve boiled dinner in the autumn, corn chowder and chicken pot pie every Wednesday, and a choice of pea beans or kidney beans accompanied by one or two bright red Maine-style weenies.

Every day at lunch there are fine soups and chowders, and delicious clam cakes to accompany any meal. This is one of the few remaining dining rooms in New England where you can sit down to a bowl of American chop suey (the Platonic ideal of Hamburger Helper). Meat loaf (with great mashed potatoes) and chili are exemplary, and for those who want something a little less Yankee, the updated menu now includes such modern dishes as taco salad, grilled teriyaki chicken, and “gourmet cheesecake.”

Cole Farms is a big place, expanded many times over the years and now including a gift shop and banquet room. Even though it is sprawling, each pine booth seems cozy. Decor includes pictures of all the young employees who graduate along with captions saying how long they were with Cole Farms and where they are going away to school.

What to Eat
Cole Farms, Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken Pot Pie
Must-Try
Chicken pot pie is an every-Wednesday special.
Cole Farms, Grape Nuts Pudding
Grape Nuts Pudding
Must-Try
We've never seen Grape Nuts pudding outside of New England, but it is a cafe-and-diner staple throughout the region.
muffin
boiled dinner
chowder
Cole Farms, American Chop Suey
American Chop Suey
Despite its name, American chop suey is actually more Italo-American than Chinese-American. For many Downeasters, this combination of soft elbow macaroni, hunks of beef, and mild red sauce is essential comfort food.
Cole Farms, Franks & Beans
Franks & Beans
Bright red weenies are a Maine tradition. At Cole Farms, you get one or two with a choice of pinto beans or pea beans. These are the pintos.
Indian Pudding
Rhubarb Pie
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday6 am - 9 pm
Monday6 am - 9 pm
Tuesday6 am - 9 pm
Wednesday6 am - 9 pm
Thursday6 am - 9 pm
Friday6 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday6 am - 9:30 pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | 274 MILES | 5 hr 3 min

Indian pudding is vintage New England comfort food, an ochre samp of slow-cooked cornmeal and molasses that smells like caramelized roasted sweet corn. Traditional diners serve it as dessert with ice cream melting on top, but it also makes a fine warm breakfast cereal.

Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

Other Nearby Restaurants

  • Two Fat Cats Bakery

    Portland, Maine

    Two Fat Cats of Portland, Maine, makes fantastic fruit pies and whoopie pies worth whooping about.

  • Clam Shack

    Kennebunk, Maine

    Clam Shack fried clams are great; lobster rolls are even more impressive, so huge and fresh. Al fresco dining only at this Kennebunk landmark..

  • Bite Into Maine

    Cape Elizabeth, Maine

    Bite into Maine offers lobster rolls assembled with obsessive detail. It’s a truck that parks at some of the Portland area’s most attractive locations.

  • Simones Hot Dog Stand

    Lewiston, Maine

    A small corner restaurant that’s been a favorite among Maine diner fans for over a century. Bright pink dogs put Simones’ on the Roadfood map.

  • Red’s Eats

    Wiscasset, Maine

    Pilgrims come to Red’s Eats, a Wiscasset, Maine, Roadfood landmark drive-in restaurant, and wait in line to savor what may be the best lobster roll anywhere.

  • Five Islands Lobster Company

    Georgetown, Maine

    Resilient lobsters fairly burst out of their shell when squeezed with a nutcracker at the unbelievably scenic picnic tables of Maine’s Five Islands Lobster Co.