Tuesday July 17, 2012 | 08:38 AM

With temps soaring again this week - and it isn't even August yet! - everyone and their grandmother is heading for a nearby beach in search of a patch of sand to plop a blanket or chair and feel even a hint of a sea breeze.

Of course when you get to that primo destination you'll want to have food in tow, because you won't be picking up and moving again until the thermometer drops at least out of the 90s.

So to help with your little excursion to the shore, we're offering 8 options for beach access that just happen to be near some can't-miss on-the-go food spots. Read on, then cool off and eat up:

Ferry Beach & Amato's, Scarborough You'll find Ferry Beach on Black Point Road, and on the way there you'll pass Amato's at the corner of Route 1. Stop for a "Real Italian," complete with Amato's famous oil, to add to your cooler. (Some folks actually get their sandwiches the evening before a trek to the beach so the oil can really soak in.) Ferry has a small lot ($10 per car) but a great view of Pine Point across the way.

Pine Point Beach & Bayley's Seafood, Scarborough There's plenty of beach here to spread out and enjoy the sights, sounds and sand (park in the large lot for $10 per day), and there's a couple good options for eats on the way. Bayley's has a full restaurant at 165 Pine Point Road, where anything from clam cakes to ice cream to lobster dinners can be ordered up and collected for takeout. Travel right down to the point and also find Bayley's Lobster Pound (9 Avenue Six), where you can grab and go lobster and shrimp rolls, chowders and a handful of other options.

Willard Beach & Scratch Baking Company (plus Willard Scoops!), South Portland Time your trip to the beach that sprawls below the South Maine Community College campus and you can pick up the best bagels in greater Portland. Made hot and fresh throughout the morning, folks usually hang around the shop waiting for the next batch to come out of the oven. And then they're gone. On your way home, be sure to made a stop at Willard Scoops for some of the best ice cream around.

Crescent Beach State Park & Kettle Cove Creamery, Cape Elizabeth Crescent Beach is a favorite because of its great views of Kettle Cove and the paddleboarders and kayakers who frequent its waters. On your drive down Route 77 stop in at the Creamery, where there's also a cafe for delish sandwiches. Grab a smoothie or iced drink and be cool even before you hit the sand.

Old Orchard Beach & Lisa's Pizza, OOB Whether you're visiting Maine's most popular beach for the rides at Palace Playland or the bars that are just steps from the sand, you probably won't be able to resist the allure of Lisa's Pizza, long a favorite of those with a lunch craving or late-night munchies. Don't forget the fries. And be sure to come back for a second visit to try the fried dough.

Thomas Point Beach & Sam's Italian Restaurant, Brunswick Thomas Point offers more than just the seaside. There's also camping, family activities and often live music events during the summer. If you're headed there, the Sam's at Cook's Corner is on the way and it's famous for great takeout sandwiches, pizza and Italian dishes. Try a chicken salad, the July special. And don't forget a whoopie pie.

Wells Beach & Congdon's Doughnuts, Wells Wells Beach is one of the prettiest in York County and the road that takes you there is conveniently located just across from Congdon's, which has been serving up the best doughnuts around for decades. The spot is also a full-service restaurant offering breakfast and lunch but here's betting you won't be able to resist a half-dozen doughnuts to go.

East End Beach & Katie Made Bakery, Portland Katie Made's the perfect spot to grab a sweet and a coffee and watch the action on Cumberland Ave. It's also now a great spot to get fresh-made sandwiches (to stay or go) and finish them off with a delish chocolate chip cookie. And it's just your luck that the bakery is located at the bottom of Munjoy Hill, which you need to go up in order to get down to East End Beach.

 

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