Yikers! We haven't been back to Bar Harbor for SIX years!!( I knew there was a reason I was drinking more! ) We're hoping to come up end of Sept/early Oct. Below is the CH report I wrote up in '06. Might some helpful CHs update me on these places- still there? still good? new places for us to try? Thnx so much for your help.
BAR HARBOR AREA DINING REPORT WEEK OF 8/17/06
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 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. 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 but untried: House of M- NE Harbor; Mache- BH ; Fiddler’s Green- SWHarbor
Pizza: Firelli’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. place). This place is easily worth a long drive.
Breakfast- Two Cats (i just added this because i remember it but nothing about it except the visuals. I think we really liked it; don't know why i left it out from my original '06 CH report.)