Kennebec Café: doughnuts and more
Kennebec Café in Fairfield is most popular for its delicious homemade doughnuts, but the restaurant also offers more typical breakfast fare, such as this eggs benedict sandwich with spinach, tomato and canadian bacon.
Kennebec Café (which is really more of a diner than a café) is tucked away in an ordinary red brick building on Main Street in Fairfield, Maine. At first, I expected it to be just as good as any other small-town restaurant, but it exceeded my expectations. Now, my friends and I usually all agree on Kennebec Café for our weekly Sunday brunches. The restaurant is fairly small—the main part of the restaurant only has about 10 or 15 tables—so normally there is a bit of a wait to get a table. There are a few seats available at the counter, however, so if you’re down to chat with some friendly Mainers, the counter might be your best bet at avoiding a line.
Since I started going to Kennebec Café a few years ago, the same bubbly, hardworking waitresses have been running around trying to get everyone’s orders in. When you walk in, don’t be surprised if you feel like everyone knows everyone except you—that’s just the way it is in most of these smaller towns.
The café menu is a step above basic. It includes all the regular items you would expect: eggs, omelettes, pancakes and French toast—but perhaps the most popular items are the restaurant’s homemade doughnuts.
When you first walk in for breakfast, you’ll notice big whiteboards on the walls that look like menu boards, but they are actually just a long list of doughnut flavors. Kennebec Cafe has about 50 different varieties of doughnuts, some of which include applesauce, hot chocolate and squash.
Different doughnuts come with a variety of toppings as well. I would recommend the cinnamon sugar topping, but some donuts come with marshmallows and chocolate sauce or brandied eggnog on top. If you even consider skipping the doughnut, you’re going to wish you hadn’t when your friends are digging into theirs.
The service at Kennebec Café is a little slow, considering there are only a few waitresses working so many tables, but I always appreciate their good attitude. If you’re in a rush, I would suggest coming back when you have some time to spend sitting and enjoying your doughnuts. Last week, my friends and I all ordered the eggs benedict, which was cooked to perfection. I had the Jameson benedict, which has spinach, tomato and Canadian bacon atop an English muffin, smothered under a perfectly poached egg, all for seven dollars. The Hollandaise sauce is surprisingly lighter than I expected, which means you can enjoy it without feeling guilty.
A meal with a drink and the obligatory doughnut will only cost you around $10 (so maybe order another doughnut or two to go?). Make sure you ask for the frequent diner card if you plan on going fairly often, because 10 punches on the card will get you a free meal under five or six dollars.