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    Jordan Pond House: mmmmmmmm....popovers and jam....

    by kazander Updated Jul 27, 2004

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    the Jordan Pond House must be a stop if you are in Acadia. Their popovers and strawberry jam are famously delicious, not to mention the amazing view of Jordan Pond with the Bubble Mountains .
    At about 11:30am, we stopped in to make reservations for the afternoon, we had heard they were a must. When we arrived, there a long line out the door. We asked at the information desk about reserving a seat for later, and he said "why, we're just opening right now, you can go right in if you'd like". So we were ushered right in and out onto the lawn. We were given the best seat , right in front.

    Favorite Dish: We decided to have a full lunch, we started with brie wraped in phyllo dough, served with grapes and water crackers. Followed by wonderfully huge salads which we both added hummus to. Then of course were the most delicious, wonderful popovers with heavenly strawberry jam. For drinks, I got an iced tea and Louis the lemonade. The lemonade is so tart, they serve it with a small pitcher of sugar water!

    You can just go for afternoon tea and have popovers for about $6 per person

    the best table in the house
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    Kozy Kove: Blueberry Pancakes!

    by kazander Written Jul 27, 2004

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    Blueberries are Maine's state berry, so when they are in season you will find them everywhere!

    We were headed to Bass Harbor Lighthouse one morning and figured we would find breakfast along the way. Little did we know how long it would take! Finally we came to what looked like a strip mall on our right. In this strip mall was the small and unassuming Kozy Kove.

    Favorite Dish: We were straving at this point so we ordered HUGE breakfasts and tons of coffee, excellent coffee by the way... I had the Blueberry pancakes, it seems as though hundreds of berries were used in the making. Incedibly good!

    Kozy Kove
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    Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound: THE place for Lobster, everyone says so....

    by kazander Updated Aug 3, 2004

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    Ask anyone, visitor, local, any old yahoo, they'll all tell you to go to the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound for the best Lobster around.
    The Trenton Bridge is the LAST lobster pound you'll see before going over the bridge onto Mount Desert Island. (there are many others, accept no imitations!) It's has big signs and huge smoking cookers out front. It is not at all fancy, picnic tables is where you'll be dining this evening. So you pick out your guy and order fixins on the side, it's extra for butter, rolls, ect. (The corn on the cob tastes like lobster by the way) The lobsters are put into one of 4 huge cauldrons with tall smoke stacks located out side the entrace to the shack. When it's all cooked up they call your number and you fetch your dinner all of which is on a big metal tray. They give you napkins and a cracker and lobster pick. Then you're on your own to pick him apart!

    Favorite Dish: One problem for me, I can't possibly eat Lobster. I mean you even have to pick one out and sentence it to it's death! Geeze, I like my meat anonymous and unrecognizable! But Lou enjoyed his Lobster immensely.

    Note: The Lobster Pound is CLOSED on Sunday

    Check out the tide cam on their website!

    Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound
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    Log Cabin Restaurant: Better than expected

    by kazander Updated Aug 5, 2004

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    The Log Cabin restaurant was someplace we happened upon just when we had decided we NEEDED something to eat immediately. We went in, it's nothing extraordinary to look at ,and our bevarages were well below par so we were not expecting much out of the food, but when we received our meal, it was really quite good!

    After your meal, you can check out the attached gift shop for all your Maine souveniers.

    Favorite Dish: The cornbread was great!

    Log Cabin Restaurant
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    Cafe This Way: Best Dessert on Mt Desert Island!

    by kazander Written Sep 22, 2004

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    Though we felt a bit scruffy from camping we had to pop into the posh little coffehouse Cafe This Way for some of the delicious treats I kept hearing about.
    Cafe this Way is the little secret everyone knows about. Right off of Rt 3 in the middle of the town of Bar Harbor, is a sign that points you down a litle driveway of sorts "Cafe this Way ---> " it says...
    The cozy red painted room is decorated with an eclectic array of furniture, tabletops made of pebbles or paintings and relaxing easy chairs or upright painted cafe chairs.

    Favorite Dish: Be sure to see the dessert specials board, there are all sorts of additional goodies listed on the small blackboard.
    I had the chocolate raspeberry truffle cake, Lou had the white choclate pistachio pie. Both were amazing. Dinner and lunch are also served at Cafe This Way, I'm sure they are delicious as well.

    Inside the Cafe This Way
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    Jordan Pond House: It is Tea Time!

    by Myndo Updated Jul 12, 2004

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    THE Coffee- and Tea House at one of the many lovely Ponds in this Park.

    One of the best teas I have ever had, too.
    So if you have some time: try it.

    To get there, you have to get off the main road close to Seal Harborat at the Park Loop Road.

    (Jordan Pond and Bubble Pond and the road up Cadillac Mountain are on this road, too)

    Favorite Dish: Tea (a whole Pot) and some of the cakes they have there.

    Bubble Pond, Acadia
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    Two Cats: I need Blueberry Pancakes

    by chodearm Updated Sep 7, 2004

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    I am in Maine and I am aware of the fact that blueberrys speckle the mountain tops like a Seurat's pointellism. I searched Bar Harbor streets for a local dweller to find out un-touristed true delisciousness, suggested was Two Cats. This place sufficed and coquered my taste buds with the moist golden griddle cakes oozing with Wild Maine Blueberries.

    Favorite Dish: Its a place to sleep as well, upstairs is a B and B.

    their cafe
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    Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound: Lobster, what else?

    by richiecdisc Written Dec 3, 2003

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    This is a classic lobster pound and New England kind of eatery. Quaint from the outside and a more rustic interior with wooden tables and bench seating. There is a nice outside seating area too. You go up and order your lobster by sizing one up, bigger ones costing more by the pound. The owner was like a wooden Maine figure, with classic features. Worth going just to see him.

    Favorite Dish: Well, lobster what else? You can get a sandwich or lobster stew and I had the latter for breakfast one day, but you come here to eat whole lobsters. It was not cheap ($48 for the two of us including ice tea, potato salad, and cole slaw), but it was sooooo good. The meat was sweeter than I've ever had. I swear I could have eaten three or four of them! If I could afford it maybe....lol

    now, this is Maine
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    Just Anywhere Cafe: cook out where you are!

    by richiecdisc Written Dec 3, 2003

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    One of the great things about camping is being able to cook anywhere you like. We went down to the far side of Mount Desert Island and found this great spot right next to Seawall Campground. It have great views of the eastern side of the island and the light was just great even though we got there just a tad bit late as you can see by the photo. Still, it was great fun and this time of year, we had it all to ourselves. Who else would be crazy enough to cook out in October? ;)

    Favorite Dish: Pasta fagioli and I make it spicy. ;>

    D just after sunset
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    Rosalie's: a few brews can often lead to pizza....

    by richiecdisc Updated Dec 4, 2003

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    This great little pizzeria was super busy and conveniently located. Seemed like a lot of locals as well as tourists had discovered its quality and great prices.

    Favorite Dish: Though they had a big selection of Italian favorites, we had eaten dinner earlier so only sampled the pizza, which was quite good, filling and not too expensive.

    surprisingly good pie
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    Poor Boy's Gourmet: Best Early-Bird Specials!

    by goodfish Updated Aug 26, 2013

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    Recommended: This place has great food and a large range of full dinners at special Early Bird (4:30 - 6:00 PM) prices. All of these $10.99 entrees are served either over, or with, pasta, a vegetable and bread basket. A baked potato can be subsituted for the pasta for $1.00 more. Entrees include Apricot Chicken, Shrimp Marinara, Eggplant Parmigiana, "bottomless" pasta bowls, and many more. I had baked haddock with shrimp and crab stuffing: terrific.

    Aside from the Early Bird menu, they also have a lobster or stone crab feast (cup of bisque; pasta or potato; broiled, sauted or stuffed lobster or chilled crab claws; brownie a la mode), steaks, salads and other chicken, pasta and vegetarian meals and desserts. Full bar. Cozy, homey, casual-but-nice atmosphere. Great place - will definately go back.

    Note: for some reason the early-bird menu is hidden on the website; not sure why. You can find it here:

    http://www.poorboysgourmet.com/early.html

    Recent diners' reviews indicate that this menu is available but I might confirm with them in advance if these budget options are important to you.

    Favorite Dish: Baked Stuffed Haddock - yummy!

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    McKay's Public House: Local Favorite

    by goodfish Updated Aug 26, 2013

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    Recommended: Our favorite bartender sent us here and we were glad he did! McKay's is a favorite with the locals 'cause it's one of the few restaurants that stays open all year. It's in an old Victorian house with original fireplaces, copper tables and a warm, cozy atmosphere.

    The menu ranges from pub grub (burgers, fish and chips, soups, salads, etc.) to higher-priced entrees (salmon, braised short ribs, steaks, etc.) and there are special menu offerings daily. I had some kind of beef special and while I can't remember exactly what it was, I remember that it was very tender and had a great sauce. Jerry had lobster meat in lemon butter with squash: so good we tried to have it again but they'd changed specials later in the week.

    McKay's specializes in local organic produce and meats, and locally caught seafood. Nice ales on tap and a full bar. Dress: casual to dressy. Nice garden out front for outdoor noshing. Open for dinner only.

    Favorite Dish: As we both had daily specials and as those change, I can't recommend anything in particular - it all looked good. I'm not noting PP prices as those can swing widely depending on pub grub or higher-end dinner entrees: see the website.

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    Thurston's Lobster Pound: Lobster with a view

    by goodfish Updated Aug 26, 2013

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    The Husband's goal for this trip was to eat lobster - in some form or another - every day: mission accomplished. We chose Thurston's for our lobster pound experience because of the great views of Bass Harbor from the huge windows. Like any of the pounds, it's a no-nonsense, no-frills, paper-plate kind of place and we loved it.

    Both of us ordered a full meal that included melted butter, corn on the cob, roll, slaw and blueberry cake, and they also had beer and wine (some pounds are BYO). It was our first encounter with a "shedder": lobster that has recently shed its old shell and is growing into a new one. The shells are softer than what you're probably used to so they're easier to get into. Both shedders and the usual, hard-shelled varieties were available but we wanted to try these as we'd never had them. Shedders do have less meat inside than hard-shelled but prices are per pound so it's a wash.

    If there was a downside, the slaw was pretty tasteless, the cake was dry, and shedders retain a lot of water in the space between the body and the shell so were really messy BUT the sweet, tender meat and spectacular views of the harbor more than made up for any shortcomings. Open Memorial Day to around Columbus Day from 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM.

    Favorite Dish: Lobster - the best reason to come. They also have clams and mussels by the pound, chowders, salads and sandwiches. Lobster is sold per current market price so I'm not noting PP tabs here.

    View of Bass Harbor, ME
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    Thirsty Whale: Pub Grub

    by goodfish Updated Aug 26, 2013

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    We just stopped in for a beer here so I can't really comment on the food. I CAN say that it was packed with what looked to be happy diners enjoying good-sized portions and it's been around awhile so must be OK. The Whale offers a nice range of inexpensive "pub grub" (sandwiches, burgers, appetizers, soups, etc.) as well as the local catch (haddock, seafood chowders, crab cakes, lobster roll, combo plates). Big, dark, noisy pub-like room with a small gravel patio (no restaurant seating) out back for persons who like a puff with their pint. The patio isn't much - just a couple of plastic chairs - but a place to be outside on a nice day. Full bar, a fair amount of beers on tap - including some local brews - and live entertainment Fri. - Sat. nights.

    The bar staff, at least the afternoon we were there, was less than upbeat, attentive or happy to see us but could have just been an off day. Whatever, the beer was cold and the menu prices very reasonable for Bar Harbor.

    Sandwiches are runnning about $7-9 and seafood offerings, about $8.00 - $16.00. Kid friendly.

    Favorite Dish: I might recommend this as a nightlife spot because of the live music

    Thirsty Whale. Bar Harbor
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    Jordon Pond House: A MUST while at Acadia

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Dec 20, 2006

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    If you make the trip to Acadia National Park you owe it to yourself to pay a visit to the Jordon Pond House. For more than a century this historic restaurant has been delighting diners with outstanding cuisine in the perfect scenic setting.

    Jordon Pond House serves lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner daily during season. We arrived just in time for the afternoon tea, which has been a tradition at the Jordan Pond House since the late 1800s. With our tea we ordered one of the restaurant's famous popovers and strawberry jam.

    Even more enjoyable than the refreshment was the ambience of this historic place and the absolutely stunning view of Jordan Pond and the surrounding mountains. It was a memorable experience that every visitor to Acadia should have.

    Outside Dining at Jordan Pond House Jordan Pond House Jordan Pond House, Rear View
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