IMG_2331I’m not a fan of crowded tourist destinations. Waiting in long lines, crowded sidewalks, the noise and congestion, I might as well just stay home. My other option is to go out of season. Ogunquit Maine is a good example. I love it there but only when it’s quiet, and I’m not fighting for breathing space, the problem is many restaurants and business are closed during the off-season as is Backyard Coffeehouse and Eatery.

This place is one of the best coffee shops I’ve been to in a long time. They do everything right, from the rustic charm of the business to the friendly customer service, and fantastic coffees, pastries, and food. My first morning in Ogunquit found me there with a latte and pastry. The coffee was not over-roasted (i.e., not bitter) and the pastry was out of this world. It was deliciously sweet and chewy and made every bite a memorable one. I was so impressed with Backyard I went back for lunch the same day. Their lemon ginger iced tea was spicy and tart and sweet all at the same time and paired perfectly with their Village Green Salad consisting of spring mix, avocado, feta cheese, candied pecans and a honey mustard dressing.

My only complaint, if I had to make one, is that they are not open year around. I get it. I do, but it doesn’t make me happy as the next time I’m in town they won’t be open, and frankly there is no other place in Ogunquit to get a good cup of coffee and pastry. And yes I know there is another place down the road…well, that’s for another blog.

If you’re in Ogunquit or even just passing through, stop by Backyard, it’s worth it. Trust this little doggy, I know my coffee.

Online at: Backyard
Reservations Accepted: No

Food Rating: 5 paws
Service Rating: 5 paws
Rating 5 Paw
Overall Rating: 5 paws

With love from my dog bowl to yours…Happy eating.

Shata