Restaurants & Bars

Bar Harbor eating adventure

citygrrll | Sep 9, 201109:10 AM

So, the new hubby & I took a road trip from Boston to Quebec City (see that board for more info) and drove through Hurricane Irene to Bar Harbor, Maine a few weeks ago to celebrate our newlywed status. Being foodies & hikers we've been to Bar Harbor a few times before so we wanted to try a couple places this time around that we hadn't been to before & visit a couple of favorites too. Stayed in the Castlemaine Inn - excellent hospitality & within walking distance of everything in the village. Wish the breakfast was more than cereal, pastries, & fruit though. Something else of note - there's a new Hannaford grocery store in the village that was great for snacks & a huge trail mix offering.

Side Street Café – We were pleasantly surprised - lots of interesting menu options, the loaded pub fries were DELICIOUS. The lobster quesadilla was huge & had large chunks of lobster throughout. Hubby had a southwestern type of sandwich that he enjoyed every bite of. It's a small space with a bar on one side & tables on the other. We liked the interesting bits of trivia inside the table!

Thirsty Whale - Went here for drinks, good strong drinks & decent beer selection. More of a locals place with typical pub food. Our bartender was a character!

Maine-ly Delights, Bass Harbor - This year was the second time we visited this hidden secret. It gets pretty busy - a lot of regulars frequent for lunch & dinner. Decent price for a boiled lobster - lobster roll was a little disappointing for the price though. I seem to remember it being overflowing last time. But big chuncks of lobster meat were good. Dessert like homemade whoopie pies are tempting! Overall it's a great place if you want a very casual seafood dinner by the water.

Poor Boy’s Gourmet - I had heard all good things about Poor Boy's & was excited to try it. Left a little deflated. Service was ok. Food was good comfort food. Dessert menu was overwhelming! Lots of tasty sounding items to choose from. Honestly, don't even remember exactly what we had - so it was good, but forgettable.

Michelle’s Fine Dining - Hubby & I go here every time we are in Bar Harbor as a treat after hiking the mountains. We have tried various menu items but have found that the Chateaubriand for two (served table-side) is our favorite. The various veggies that accompany it matched with the sauces make it perfection on a plate! I must say I was slightly disappointed that my favorite dish ( I mean I DREAM about this dish the rest of the year) was slightly changed - the fois gras appetizer with a blueberry reduction used to be served over raisin toast wedges, this time it was served over peaches. It was still tasty but it wasn't as superb as the previous recipe. The Chateaubriand made up for it! The Caesar salad for two, made table-side as well, is also delicious. They're specialty desserts are made-to-order soufflés. We went on a Tues. night so it was a slow night with only two other tables there. The service was excellent. Can't wait to go back!

Atlantic Brewing Co, 10 Knox Rd. – A must-try! We stop here EVERY time we go to Bar Harbor! A case of beer can be pricey but they make the best root beer I have ever tasted here. Combine their root beer float with their BBQ ribs & you have heaven! Great Northern BBQ. If you like well cooked strong smokey ribs that fall off the bone, you'll love this place. You don't even need sauce but they provide it on the tables. Big portions too! This year we had an order of wings & a full rack of ribs (comes with slaw & BBQ beans). We were only able to get through half of it so we took it home. It reheats well!

Hope that helps out some fellow chowhounders!

Poor Boys
136 Rockingham Rd, Londonderry, NH 03053

Thirsty Whale
40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

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