October 29, 2002
The Goldenrod has expanded since the founder, Mr. Talpey, started pulling taffy by hand. There's now a resturant and soda fountain in addition to the candy counters.
The Goldenrod serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's reasonably priced and very popular with families.
There's usually a line as you wait to be seated in the Tudor-esque dining room, but it moves quickly. If you want a chance at some privacy (and a view of passersby who are shopping in York Beach), ask for a table in by the windows at the edge of the main dining room.
Breakfast consists of competant renditions of old favorites like pancakes and eggs. The homemade blueberry strudel (really a strusel topped coffee-cake) is especially tasty.
Lunch and dinner consist of an extensive menu of sandwiches and burgers. If your kids are picky, never fear--the menu includes old favorites like PB and J and cream cheese and jelly. For adults, there is a daily lunch special consisting of a sandwich and a dish of homemade ice cream. The special runs between $5 and $6.
The dinner menu is like the lunch menu, only with the addition of several hot meals, including Yankee Pot Roast. Hot meals run around $7 - $8.
Whatever you do, save room for homemade ice cream. The roster of flavors changes on a weekly basis. If it's available when you're there, try the ginger ice cream, an old New England favorite. And make sure that you try the heavenly penuche fudge sauce, which is also homemade.
The owners of the Goldenrod run a tight ship, so the resturant is spotless and service is cheerful and efficient. The waitstaff is especially good with kids, since so many families eat here.
From journal The Yorks--Quintessential Maine