When BamBam opened, it was a fabulous place but when the new owner took over the quality plummeted. I decided to give it one more try and the cookies I bought for my son were ROCK HARD. I will never be back...BUT if you are desperate for GF, this place is safe but not that great unfortunately.
This place alone makes a trip to Portland worthwhile for someone who can’t eat gluten. Stopped in for breakfast and split an egg sandwich with my fiance-amazing, then a brown sugar cinnamon “pop tart” that was like the real thing but 10 times better. If i lived nearby i would be there every weekend to try something new. There was so much to choose from.
We were so happy to find this bakery. My boys were ecstatic to learn that all of the beautiful desserts were indeed safe for them. We have also had the Mac and cheese, lasagna, and chicken pot pies, and they were delicious. We will be sure to stop by whenever we are in Portland.
I walked in and was taken aback by the selection. I had to ask the hostess at the counter which items were GF. She chuckled and said-all of it:) I had never experienced that. I had been GF for 4 years or more but live in rural Maine. Since then, we hit the place up every trip. I have a full blooded Italian wife who is not GF. She still buys treats here by choice...that speaks volumes!
Good to have 100% dedicated facility. However, we thought it was a little overrated. Having been to gluten-free bakeries in Asheville and D.C., I didn't think this one lived up to my expectations. We tried the whoopie pie (great to have one in Maine), banana chocolate bread, quiche (too salty), eclair (nice but wanted more filling) and the strata (best). Also, the coffee was wonderful... The woman taking orders could have been friendlier! I shared it was my first time and then ordered, and she was pretty impatient.
Nothing beats a dedicated gluten-free facility! Their goal is to be a great bakery first and foremost, gluten-free is secondary. That's smart; while they are incredibly careful and sensitive to allergies/Celiac disease (there's a sign posted on the door warning people not to bring in any outside foods), they want to appeal to more than just the niche of GF eaters. More than simply a bakery, they have a variety of foods including pizza, quiche, and other things beyond simply desserts. The biggest and best GF restaurant I've ever been to!