Fresh Maine Apple Pie

Pick ‘em, peEl ’em, and pie ‘em Few things say fall in New England better than an afternoon apple picking.  Families load up their car and drive to an orchard, where growers have trained their trees to grow low to the ground to enable easy access for the pickers.  Bags are filled with bushels of […]

Burger and a Milkshake

If you grew up in the Bangor Area chances are we don’t have to tell you how good  Dysart’s milkshakes are.  Guessing you have memories of gathering on one of our long tables with your friends around 10 p.m. for a burger, and of course, a milkshake. These are not just a soft serve shake.  […]

Bees to Blueberry Muffins

Wild blueberries are Maine’s state fruit. Every day, at Dysart’s, we see trucks and professional drivers moving products that  are critical to Maine’s economy, to our families, to our businesses, and so much more. ‘You’ might look out the windows at Dysart’s and just see trucks.  What you are really seeing is products being moved. […]


There is an controversy over whether a shortcake should be “cakelike” or “biscuitlike”. Some culinary researchers claim that’s a regional preference, we in Maine, historically make our shortcakes with biscuits.  In the absence of definitive proof, we’re going to stay out of that fight. We’ll just say that biscuit versions are what we have always […]

Who’s Dave – of Dave’s Hash?

Another question could be – Who would want to open a 24/7 Truck Stop? We would answer, our Dad and Grandfather. He was a friend to all.  Even people he didn’t know. Eliot Beal – Driver and Customer for many years wrote our family this note. “David reminds me so much of my own Dad.  […]

Purpleberry Pie

Purpleberry Pie – A pie with a purpose. $15 from every 11 inch pie is donated to Alzheimer’s Charities. Servers 8 or more hungry people What is Purpleberry? An outstanding blueberry pie with an Almond Crumble topping. Mike Hartt and I met at Dysart’s in 1970.  He was a cute Hermon High School senior working […]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Have you tried the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread at Dysarts?  Well you should!  When it is baking in our Coldbrook Road bakery the air is filled with the smell of a combination of spices and pumpkin.   The bread is so delicious each bite entices you to another.  I will hide it from myself in […]

Perfect Gift for Mom

What makes you think of spring more than strawberry rhubarb pie? What will make the Mom in your life happier than a pie? This pie is a wonderful combination of sweet strawberries combined with tart rhubarb in a buttery flaky crust. At Dysart’s it’s a tradition to start serving strawberry rhubarb every year for Mother’s […]

Yankee Pot Roast, Making it National

Esquire Magazine – September 2012 “Yankee pot roast for downstaters, lobster rolls for the tourists, and eggs how you like ’em all day. Save room for pie.” This was our second time to be in Esquire. ’67 THINGS WORTH A DETOUR’ JULY 2002 – Esquire “Dysart’s Truck Stop, Just south of Bangor, Maine. Breakfast anytime, […]

Making Dysart’s Breads at Home

(Recipe From Cooking with Dysart’s) Since 1967, Dysart’s has been serving our legendary Maine food – all in hearty portions served with bread and rolls, made from scratch. If you are missing our breads during the pandemic, we hope you’ll have fun making your own. Nothing tastes as good as a just-baked loaf of bread;  Dysart’s […]