Ellsworth to go

Their doors may be closed, but many of the city’s restaurants have switched to to-go service only to try support their customers and try and survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are those we know of.

  • Craving a deluxe burger, made with Black Angus beef, slathered with porcini aioli, and served with tallow fries (tallow is rendered beef fat)? At Provender Kitchen & Bar (112 Main St., 610-1480), chef Daron Goldstein, co-owner Joy Kempf and crew are making lunch, dinner and brunch to go. The menu goes live every day at 4 p.m. To place an order, go to
  • Need to stock up on La Minita or Sumatra coffee or chocolate bunnies in anticipation of Easter? As of March 23, Rooster Brother is making its daily sandwich specials and filling orders for its wine, specialty food items and other merchandise. Orders may be placed between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday, at 667-8675, [email protected] or
  • John Edwards Market (158 Main St.) remains open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The store’s general manager, Josh Abbott, says deliveries are fluctuating, but certain perishable items are available for now such as organic produce, locally produced meat and poultry, dairy products and some baked goods. Abbott also said the staff were making a huge effort sanitizing surfaces. To ensure something is stocked, call ahead at 667-9377.
  • Ellsworth Giant Sub (355 High St., remains open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The staff wears plastic gloves in all food prep, according to manager Jean Donovan. Doors, soda case doors, credit machines, bathrooms and all other surfaces are being sanitized multiple times throughout the day. The staff also can leave orders outside to eliminate all physical contact. To order, call 667-5585.
  • Ellsworth Giant Sub’s sister business Blueberry Hill Dairy Bar (355 High St.) is open daily from noon to 5 p.m. All the same sanitary practices are in place.
  • How about a BLT, apple cider and thyme spritzer and tahini-spiced cookies for lunch? That was one of Steamy Buddha Café’s recent lunch specials available for takeout from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The café is taking orders for dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. The café, whose full menu is available to go, is located at 50 Church St. in Ellsworth. To see the menu, go toé. To place an order, call 667-0164.
  • Ellsworth’s Finelli Pizzeria (12 Downeast Highway, 664-0230) remains open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Staff are only taking orders for pizza and pizza slices. They also are selling their freshly made focaccia and Italian rolls. For the purchase of one large pizza, customers get a half-price discount on desserts. Call ahead and orders will be brought out to vehicles.

  • You can’t gather there with friends for drinks, but you can still feast on Szechuan Lo Mein and other dishes from China Hill (667-5308, The restaurant is offering its full menu to go from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
  • Craving a sausage Parmesan sub simmered in marinara? DragonFire Pizza (248 State St., 667-3473) is filling takeout orders daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For the menu, go to
  • Pat’s Pizza crew have been busily filling online and phone orders daily from 11 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. Whether it’s specialty calzones or a Big Pat’s Pizza, it’s all available for takeout at 667-6011 and
  • The coronavirus has galvanized Helen’s Restaurant staff (55 Downeast Highway, 667-2433, to think outside the box and capitalize on the drive-through routine and stage retro carhops on Saturdays. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the restaurant is open for takeout service from its corned beef boiled dinner to toll house pie.
  • Missing those pan-fried dumplings or General Tso’s chicken? The full menu is available for takeout at Shinbashi Asian Cuisine (139 High St., 667-6561, The restaurant remains open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Serendib is an old Persian name for the island of Sri Lanka. You can eat like a Sri Lankan and dine on dahl, beetroot curry, coconut sambal and a vegetable side dish at Serendib Indian and Sri Lankan Cuisine in Ellsworth (2 State St., 664-1030, All menu items can be ordered by phone and picked up at curbside from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. Delivery within 10 miles also is available from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
  • Craving comfort food and delicious baked goods? Governor’s Restaurant (253 High St., 610-1880) is open for curbside pickup. Visit, make your selections and note your car’s make, model and color. The Governor’s crew will bring the food to you! Hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • New to the city restaurant scene is Wicked Munchies (151 High St., 412-0501, Online ordering with curbside pickup is available 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. The menu includes pizza, wings, macaroni and cheese and hot dogs.

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