Labor Day weekend is coming up, and many people spend this precious time outdoors sunning on the beaches or hiking in the mountains of New England. Skip the picnic-packing at home and just make a stop for excellent take-out food from the New York-Connecticut border to the top of Maine. So many delicious choices help make the weekend journey extra special. Some of our favorites:
Binge Barbecue, 12 Broadway, Newport, RI — Top-grade meats are prepped and smoked every day over a wood fire on a horizontal smoker. Ingredients sourced locally. Barbecue inspiration from regional styles across the country. Fried chicken, beef brisket, pulled pork, hot pastrami, pork belly, turkey breast. Sides include beans, collard greens slaw and cornbread. Dine in. Take out. Delivered. Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.- 2 a.m.; closed Tuesdays. Menu. 401-619-3799. Map.
Cushman Market and Café, 491 Pine Street, Amherst, MA — Love the menu at this place: plenty of egg dishes and egg sandwiches, hobos (deep bowls of roasted vegetables, beans, sausage and other good things), avocado toast, oven roasted chickens, and bagels. This café with an outdoor patio on the river also serves takeout meals. If you need gift items, wine, beer the market here has you covered. A favorite of local college students. Order online. Take out. Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Menu. 413-549-0100. Map.
Bishop’s Orchards, 1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT — Located near the Connecticut shore, between heavily traveled I-95 and Route 1, Bishop’s Orchards is a farm, orchard, winery, retail market, bakery, and deli. If you are headed to an outdoor day on the beach or in a public park or walking trail, you can stock up here on soups and salads for lunch, along with seasonal fresh fruit, cider, meat, pies and “grab N go” Crock Pot or Grill Meals. Wine, too! Hours: Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 203-453-2338. Map.
Black Mtn. Burger Co., 264 Main Street, Lincoln, NH – Classic and super-hearty comfort food to fuel you up for mountain activities from rock climbing to downhill skiing. Dig into angus beef and bean chili, homemade mac n’ cheese, soups, appetizers, vegetarian options, sandwiches. If you are at the end of your day of exploration and exertion, bottle and draft beers and ciders will ease those hard-worked muscles. There’s a homey a couch area to enjoy beverages and appetizers if you have to wait for your order. Take out. Hours: Daily, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. 603-745-3444. Menu. Map.
Top of The Hill Grill, 632 Putney Road, Brattleboro, VT — This establishment, where a wooden sculpture of a pig crowns the driveway sign, covers the gamut from Southern barbecue to spicy Mexican and Cajun foods to wraps and salads for vegans. Expect to enjoy hickory-smoked beef brisket, pulled pork and ribs, smoked turkey, grilled chicken and fresh ground burgers. Homemade sides include corn bread, beans, roasted potatoes and root vegetables, pasta and potato salad. Vegetarians can find plenty to enjoy here, and that includes homemade desserts. Take Out. Order online. Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 802-258-9178. Map.
Firehouse Subs, 580 Alfred Street, Biddeford, Maine — Submarine sandwiches (hoagies, grinders, or whatever you call them) are made well and served fast here. Order a hot submarine made with top-quality meats and cheeses, steamed, then piled a toasted roll. Shop is located across the street from the Shops at Biddeford Crossing. Pick up or delivery. Order online. Hours: Daily, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. 207- 494-7742. Map.