Island Chowderhouse: Good Food...Not Great...Not Bad
Pretty much a no thrills place. Good for a family with kids. If the picture looks familiar it's because the Chowderhouse is located next to the Thirsty Whale.
Favorite Dish: I had crab cakes and warm apple cider (it was early October when I was there).
Jordan Pond House: Tea and Popovers in the Wilderness
In Acadia National Park, the Jordan Pond House sits on a gentle slope overlooking the beautiful Jordan Pond and the spectacular hills called the Bubbles. This is a great place to start and end a hike around the pond or to the Bubbles. Famous for it's tea and popovers, the restaurant also has a full menu, function room and gift shop. In nice weather, you can sit outside in the back and enjoy the wonderful view.
Favorite Dish: We had the tea and popovers, of course!
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For Breakfast, hit Bunny's: For Breakfast, hit Bunny's
This place is geared for volume. It is a good place to go if you are traveling with a lot of people. Many of the cafes or other breakfast joints in Bar Harbor are small, but Bunny's has plenty of room and the service is fast.
Favorite Dish: Scrambled eggs and sausage and that bottomless cup of coffee.
For pizza, hit Rosalie's: For pizza, hit Rosalie's
Rosalie's is a classic looking New York style pizza parlor. Black and white photos from LIFE magazine adorn the walls while old Dion, Elvis and Frank Sinatra tunes play on the jukebox. Naturally, all the tables have the classic red and white table cloths. The apparent gray-haired owner/operator carefully overlooks the staff tossing the pies while mingling with his patrons.
Favorite Dish: Hand tossed pizzas made with fresh ingredients...my fav is hamburger, sausage, mushroom with black olives...with one of Maine's best local brews, Shipyard Ale (made down in Portland, Maine).
Rupununi is an unassuming restaurant from the outside, however, inside it appears somewhat upscale. Despite this upscale appearance, the wait staff seemed to be dressed in safari garb...never made the connection... Regardless, the lobster was good and the beer even better.
Favorite Dish: Your in Maine...eat the lobsters and drink the local brews. My beer of choice is the Bar Harbor Real Ale which is brewed by the Atlantic Brewing Company on Mount Desert Island. Shipyard Ale (brewed in Portland, ME) is also very good.
Geddy's: From seafood to pub-grub
Geddy's has been around since 1974. Gerry "Geddy" Mitchell bought the the Surfside saloon, a hellish dive on Main St. near the water. He transformed the place by kicking everyone out and starting over. In 10 days he threw out 56 people (dropping 27 of them and putting 7 others in the hospital). He lost the 57th when an unhappy ejectee shot him in the back with a 12 gauge shotgun. Geddy survived and went on to turn his pub into a thriving business. By 1987, he sold the place to travel the world. Now travelers stop at Geddy's to get good food & drinks at a reasonable price.
Favorite Dish: For lunch, I got the prime rib sandwich, which came with horseraddish, cole slaw and fries. All was excellent. The piece de resistance was a banana daiquiri, served with a plastic salimander on top. Yummy! Geddy's has an impressive beer list for those who don't care for drinks of the fruity variety. And if you go to Maine for the seafood, Geddy's has a tank full of lobsters plus a bunch of other salt-water critters on the menu.
Jordan Pond House: An Acadian Tradition
This is a landmark in the park & first opened in the 1870's. It has beautiful views of the pond & the mountains. You can take afternoon tea outside to enjoy the views.
Favorite Dish: Fresh popovers are the famous treat here, but they also have good chowder & roast beef. Vegetarian selections are limited, but available
My goal, which I achieved...
My goal, which I achieved easily, was to eat lobster and ice cream every single day that I spent on the island. The best meal I had was at Thurston's Lobster Pound, next door to the lobster dock seen in the photo here. The restaurant is in Bass Harbor on the southwest side of the island.
You're sitting outside on a deck, so you can make as much mess as you want.
Favorite Dish: Lobster! The lobster pound is a Maine tradition. At Thurston's, step up to the counter and pick out your lobster personally. Then order as many sides as you can imagine eating (I went for corn, cole slaw, a roll, and blueberry cake) and your drink (I had the excellent Coal Porter local brew). Sit down and wait for your name to be called, and then go up and get your tray of fantastic, super-fresh steamed lobster. It is completely delicious.
Other spots I liked were the...
Other spots I liked were the Quiet Side Cafe (Southwest Harbor), the Little Notch Cafe (Southwest Harbor), Jordan Pond House (in Acadia National Park), the Thirsty Whale bar (Bar Harbor), and Blueberry Hill Ice Cream (just off the island on the road to Bangor).
Freddie's Route 66 Restaurant: Nostalgia !
This is what the inside of the Route 66 Restaurant looks like.....
Virtually every available space is filled with memorabilia from the 50's and 60's, even in the washrooms !
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- Hiking and Walking
Log Cabin Restaurant: Fresh Lobsta
Log Cabin with high celings nice wood decor also has a gift shop.
Favorite Dish: I had the Surf and Turff,steak was an 8oz. sirloin done just the way I asked and the Lobster tasted as fresh as could be.
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Thurston's Lobster Pound: Thurston's Lobster Pound
You will be eating on the wharf looking out at the lobster boats- a Maine experience not to be missed.
Favorite Dish: Lobster, what else? Well, you can start with chowder, but save some room for blueberry pie.
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