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Bar Harbor Area Dining Report- week of 8/17/06


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Bar Harbor Area Dining Report- week of 8/17/06

opinionatedchef | Aug 24, 2006 05:51 AM

Hardly any current EG and CH reports for this area, so hope this is helpful. We were really surprised and pleased by the number of excellent restaurant experiences we had through our week’s stay in the area. And at our dinner restaurants, we did not have anything but excellent knowledgable and friendly service. (Wow, let’s clone these chefs and servers and bring them down to Boston!!) Most of these restnts are very ‘seasonal, local produce and seafood ’ oriented.

Recommended Dinner Restaurants:

Cleonise- Ellsworth- Mediterranean, Spanish leaning, incl tapas. Raise their own produce,pork etc. Handsome, comfy room. PLUS: Surprisingly unusual and superior desserts. MINUS: ?

XYZ- Manset- Authentic non-burritos Mexican with tremendous moles, sauces( not at all bitter as they so often are). PLUS: Chicken with Salsa Naranja- Perfect. MINUS- somewhat limited menu.

Red Sky- SW Harbor- self-trained but talented chef/manager-James. Mediterr influences mostly. apps better than entrees PLUS: Very good and some unusual desserts. MINUS: small portions make it expensive.Execution not always the best.

Burning Tree- Otter Creek- established 19 yr. place- unanimously recommended by every area chef I spoke to. Innovative ,Asian and Mediterr influences. PLUS: great self-raised produce. MINUS: ?

Havana- Bar Harbor- Cuban, Caribbean menu. Exc.diverse menu. PLUS: very unusual and delic.starches.Very handsome place with lovely romantic quiet patio.
MINUS: can’t think of one. Hmmm!

Chef-Recommended for Dinner but untried: House of M- NE Harbor; Mache- BH ; Fiddler’s Green- SWHarbor; Atlantic Brewing Co.- BH area- huge portions, cheap, on-site smoked BBQ and on-site brewed beer.

Breakfast: Two Cats- Bar Harbor. Very popular for a reason- Excellent fun diverse menu served by very low key staff on colorful flower-filled wrap-around porch. Plus: Real homemade biscuits w/ Strawberry Butter; Mediterranean Eggs with sundried tomato polenta, caponata, poached eggs; spicy homefries.
MINUS: sometimes they run out. Go before 9am or after 11 am to avoid crazy lines.

Pizza: Finelli’s- Ellsworth. I still cannot believe my tastebuds, but this is, hands-down,the best pizza I have had in New England. And I tell you, I have tried them ALL!!! Perfect thin crust, perfect amount and flavor of toppings.( The original Regina’s, in Boston’s North End, is my other fav. pizza). This place is easily worth a long drive.

ReelPizza- BH- (combo pizza/movie theater) pizza is o.k. Awkward ordering system.Plus: good,cheap art house films.

Bakery: Morning Glory-Bar Harbor. Unusually excellent cookies and breads. PLUS: onion walnut bread, berry pockets, chewy oatmeal cookies.

Lobster Pound: Thurston’s- Bernard- PLUS: Killer view of tranquil harbor; lobster, pota. salad, coleslaw.
MINUS: dreadful chowdahs- the worst I’ve ever tasted-NO flavor (unless you like Potatoes in milk and Lobster in milk); no bibs; mediocre corn; grossly unattractive under-age female staff. V. expensive, but maybe all lobster pounds are...

Lunch: Donahue’s was recommended, but we didn’t try it.
We did try Galyn’s- Bar Harbor- ( after some EG rec’s.) DO NOT go there!- very sub-par. Our only bad food exper. this trip.

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