Just returned from a week in Bar Harbor. Ate 6 out of 7 days at the Lobster Cove on West St. about two blocks up from the Town Dock. Don't be fooled by the "fair food stand" look of the place, the owners, Barry & Kim, are true foodies who serve excellent fare at very reasonable prices (especially for Bar Harbor). The Fish & Chips ($9.95)was our first sampling. The line "Fantastic Fries" on the sign had lured us in. When I asked Barry what made them fantastic, he simply replied, "You tell me after you taste them". Well, the fries were delicious, crispy on the outside with a light spicy coating and moist and steamy on the inside. The fish was fresh and excellent too, not greasy at all. Barry admitted that his secret was to cook both at 550 degrees in a convection oven. Neither had been fried in oil - it was hard to believe! He doesn't promote that on his sign because he's afraid people will be turned off. One person actually cancelled his order when he saw Barry putting the fries in the oven - what a sad statement on the culinary state of this country! Anyway, Barry gave us samples of his Crab Bisque (absolutely delish with a hint of white wine), Clam Chowder (creamy and full of clams) and Fish Chowder (wall-to-wall fish in delicately seasoned, creamy broth). They were all the best I had ever eaten outside of home. Barry has an extensive menu so there were many items we didn't try, but knowing what a stickler he is for quality I can't believe whatever you ordered wouldn't be good. Be warned though that there is only one tiny table inside and three small ones on the porch. You can always do takeout and eat on the dock across the street.
My favorite icecream place was the one with the red-striped awning about 4 blocks down Main St. across from the park. I don't know the name. The waffle cones were crackling fresh every day and our favorite flavors (not being people who like cookie dough, etc.) were Maine Wild Blueberry (tasted just like blueberry pie with rich cream) and Maple Walnut (just right maple intensity with fresh, crunchy walnuts).
The breakfast place of choice was The Two Cats. A lobster omelette served with a warm biscuit and strawberry butter was heavenly ($12.95). Their omelettes, breakfast meats and muffins are all delicious. Take home some blueberry muffins, they are just perfect - lots of wild blueberries and not overly sweet. The Fair Trade Coffee is very good. They will serve it with warmed Silk soymilk if asked. Nice, funky atmosphere inside and lots of outside seating as well.
On the last day we found the best coffee in town at a small stand shoved all the way in the back of a little souvenir store (don't know the name - Country Store something) on the righthand side of Main St., walking away from the town dock, about a block before the town park. You have to look hard because the street level sign is dark and very low key. The coffee beans come from a roaster in MA and the coffee was just excellent - full-bodied and delicious.
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