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Reviews from my Bar Harbor, ME trip

starbucksbrew | May 14, 200812:27 PM

DH and I just got back from five glorious days in Bar Harbor. We drove around the entire island, but most of our eating was actually in Bar Harbor. Here's what we found:

Geddy's: Great dinner place for our first night after flying in. Fun and lively, but relaxing. I had fried clams and a side salad. DH had haddock in a pesto sauce. All was very good.

Cafe This Way: We ate breakfast there our first morning. DH had great blueberry pancakes. I had french toast and homefries that were fine. Homefries were a little overpowered by black pepper.

Rupununi Grill: I had good clam chowder and blueberry pie here. DH had a great crabcake! Blueberry pie with blueberry ice cream was excellent.

Ben & Bill's ice cream: The best chocolate chip ice cream I've ever had. Got it twice while we were there. Perfect balance between vanilla and plain sugary creaminess, plus chocolate pieces just the right size, not too big, not too small (and lots of them). Just okay on the hot chocolate.

Morning Glory Bakery: Disappointing all around. The first time we went there, I had a chocolate croissant. Except it wasn't a real chocolate croissant, which would have been chocolate *filled.* This was just a plain croissant drizzled with a little chocolate. The second time we went, DH and I split one of their sticky cinnamon buns. It was totally stale from the day before and should not have been served. The hot chocolate was bland, tasteless. I was thrilled when we hit Starbucks in Bangor and I could get good hot chocolate.

Siam Orchid: Awesome Thai food. We started with the fresh spring rolls w/sweet and sour sauce. They were good. I had curry pineapple fried rice, and it was as good as the place where I always get it at home in Florida. DH had masaman curry chicken. He said it was good but not as good as home.

Miguel's: Great Mexican food. We started with their homemade queso, which was delicious. If I had known it was homemade, I would have asked them to leave out the jalapenos, which were way too many. Fortunately, they were big pieces and easy to eat around. I had the Miguel's salad, which is their house salad with guacamole and olives. It was really good. DH had pork enchiladas that were awesome.

West Street Cafe: What a great find! No one recommended it to us, but it was across the street from our hotel. I had a nice house salad (which was the only house salad in Bar Harbor that comes on romaine! Every other place uses mixed greens, and I have to pick out the purple stuff because it's bitter); the tastiest french fries I've had in a long time; great fried clams and blueberry pie; and the tastiest table bread even though it looks totally plain. Trust me, you've got to go here, and make sure you get the bread. DH had a lobster roll, and we discovered that . . . we actually don't like lobster. I know that's heresy in these parts, and I'm sure it was a fine lobster roll. We just like clams, shrimp, and crab better.

Bar Harbor Club: We had Mother's Day brunch here, and it was a really nice buffet. Fantastic caesar salad, and I could not get enough of the crunchy sliced bread things that I put tomatoes and whole milk mozzarella slices on top of. I also had three servings of the cauliflower au gratin. Yum. (yeah, most of what I ate the whole trip was veggies - I'm pregnant, which has temporarily turned me into a vegetarian b/c I can't handle meat). Desserts on the buffet were excellent too - cinnamon apple pie, mini eclairs, mini chocolate raspberry cake thing. All good.

Two Cats: We ate breakfast there on our last day. Fantastic biscuits with strawberry butter - yum! DH said the blueberry pancakes were bland. I got the raspberry almond pancakes which were delicious, but barely cooked enough in the middle. I was finally able to tolerate some meat that morning to have bacon, which was the perfect thickness and crispness, and the seasoned home fries were great - better than the ones at Cafe This Way.

Cafe at the Bangor Airport: Wow! Great food for an airport cafe. The clam chowder there was better than most that I get at home in Florida.

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