June is here, the sun is shining, and for Maine families that means school is out, and the kids are home for summer! With more time to spend together as a family, and warmer weather outside, it’s officially the season of relaxed mealtimes. Sharing meals together has been proven to bring families closer by facilitating communication and promoting new traditions, but not all meals have to be eaten around the dining room table, especially in the summertime! This June, why not kick off the season with these fun family meal and activity ideas?  

Gather for Games and Grub
Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that you won’t have busy days, and sometimes cooking a meal for the whole family just takes too much time. Days like this can still be fun, memorable, and most importantly - delicious, with help from 2DineIn, a local food delivery service. Food delivery has existed since the late 1700’s, but 2DineIn is a modern game changer! You can use their easy website to order your family’s favorite Elsmere BBQ menu items, and let your friendly 2DineIn driver handle pickup and delivery. While your food is being prepared, why not set up a game night for your family? If it’s a warm night, outdoor games like cornhole, frisbee, or bocce are great options. If it’s one of June’s common rainy nights, then an indoor game night with board games, trivia, or charades is a great plan. No matter what you choose to play, you’ll always win with food from Elsmere BBQ, delivered by 2DineIn.

Treat Dad to Father’s Day Takeout
Dad does so much for the family, but he never asks for much in return. If you’re not sure what to get Dad this Father’s Day, why not give him an Elsmere BBQ gift card? It’s a free pass for a night out and a few beers with his buddies, or a hearty lunch for him to enjoy! We hope he invites you! Need another idea? Treat Dad to an evening of sports and great food. After all, you know he loves both of those things! Whether he’ll be watching the U.S Open, The Bruins, or a Red Sox Game, you can set him up with a relaxing evening at home, his favorite beer or soft drink, and a meal he loves from Elsmere BBQ. All you have to do is call in and pick up your takeout order from whichever of our two locations is closest to you. If this evening turns into a family meal night around the tv, just remember that it’s Father’s Day and Dad gets full control of the remote. Dad’s going to like this so much more than a Hallmark card!

Welcome to Staycationland!
Since we live in Vacationland, we don’t need to go far in the summer to feel like we’re on Vacation! After all, traveling with the whole family is pricey, and the kids hate long car rides. This June, why not enjoy a “staycation” night with a short drive to Elsmere BBQ! Outdoor seating at both locations allows everyone to enjoy the weather while chowing down on their favorite Elsmere BBQ appetizers, entrees, and maybe some drinks from the bar for Mom and Dad. You don’t have to travel far to treat yourself, and even the pickiest eater will find something they love on our huge menu. For tropical vacation vibes, we recommend our BBQ Oysters, Tornado Burrito, and Mahi Mahi Tacos. To complete the staycation experience, why not take a quick drive to one of the local landmarks that tourists travel hundreds of miles to visit? Check out Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, or bring your leftovers onto the Peaks Island Ferry for an afternoon picnic on the island. These staycation ideas will be fun for the whole family, and won’t break the bank like long distance travel. Life in Maine is great, and supporting our local economy will keep it that way!

No matter how you choose to dine with the family this June, we hope you’ll keep Elsmere BBQ in mind. We love families, and our servers are skilled at recommending the best menu items for eaters of all ages. Whether you visit one of our two locations, take food to go, or get delivery from 2DineIn, we are so grateful for your business.

Happy summer, from our family to yours!