Burnham Tavern is the oldest Building in Washington County. It was a Pre- Revolutionary Tavern. Durning the First Navel Battle of the Revolution (which took place in Machias), a British Officer was brought to the Tavern to have his wounds cared for.
Inside the Tavern craved woodwork and a unique staircase.
The seafood is always fresh and cooked to perfection - especially the haddock & clams.
The variety and quality of the menu items is always first rate (seafood and salads always fresh), and the portions are uniform from visit to visit.
Enough of the main course, let's talk about dessert!
The fresh berry pies (blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, and strawberry) are well worth the wait each season. My mouth waters in anticipation of next season as I write.
So what is there for dessert when the fresh berries are not in season?
MUDFLAT pies! They come in a variety of flavors from banana (if you like banana), butterscotch, chocolate, coconut, peanut butter to vanilla - and perhaps more. My favorites are butterscotch and peanut butter.
Now that the meal has ended, we mustn’t forget to appreciate the staff. The kitchen and register staff are great, and the waitresses are all friendly, helpful, and fun.
You can eat at the counter, in the informal dining room, in the formal dining room, or invite a crowd to the banquet room. Wherever you decide to eat in the Bluebird Ranch Restaurant, you will love the meal and the atmosphere.
If you leave Machias and haven’t eaten at the Bluebird Ranch, it will be your loss indeed. Be sure to plan a meal there early in your visit because you’ll want to go back for more.
Favorite Dish: Haddock burger: A fresh 12 oz haddock fillet that has been breaded and cooked to perfection at a very reasonable price is a perfect lunch.
Seafood Platter: Your plate will be heaped with the freshest and tastiest haddock, whole clams, scallops, and shrimp.
Sometimes great, sometimes not. Portions also variable. However, the fresh strawberry pie has always been great.
Favorite Dish: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad is my personal favorite. The dressing is wonderful, and any that is left over can be sopped up with a delicious homemade roll.
Although, the quality and quantity does seem variable, it is worth the wait if you get a good one. When you do, there is plenty to share.
Machias is at the mouth of the Machias River where it empies into the Bay of Fundy. The tides in this area are some of the highest in the world. Small crafts must be aware of the 20 foot tides currents. As well as swimmers need to be aware of the cold and currents.