Just got back from a week in the great state of Maine. A fanstastic trip...thanks for the recommendations. Some comments:
Reds Eats - I had to make the stop here - and stood in line for 1 hour. As a fellow New Yorker and I compared it to the Shake Shack, I was readying myself for a life changing lobster roll. My take? It was delicious, but not sure it was worth the wait. We have a couple of pretty good ones here at Pearl Oyster Bar or Marys Fish Camp. I also had some onion rings which were a bit soggy. But with all the hype, I had to do it. It would be my only lobster roll of the trip (not the only lobster of course!) Most importantly, I felt I had arrived.
Natalies at the Mill - after reading some great reviews, I had made a reservation well in advance. Upon our arrival, we learned that it was written down for the following saturday by mistake. We kind of laughed and figured they would work it out. But suprisingly only a weak offer of some bar seats (although none were empty at the time). it was our 1st night of vacation and were ready to be spoiled and dine, but were pretty much kicked to the curb. Very disappointing.
Atlantica - we ended up here instead. I'll spare you the full analysis of the mediocrity that ensued - with the food and service. great location, awful food.
Prism Gallery - on a rainy sunday we stopped in for lunch. what a great vibe in beautiful surroundings. the sanwdwiches were great - especially the crab melt. we also enjoyed a sinful tiramisu cake for dessert.
Cappys - lazy sunday dinner. Cozy vibe, but burgers were nothing more than average. Perhaps the quarter deck would have been better.
We stayed at the Asticou (Northeast Harbor) and had our breakfast there each morning.
Thurstons (Bernard) - 1 dinner+1 lunch=2 trips to heaven. The perfect "authentic" setting, perfectly cooked lobster, steamers, corn, and blueberry pie. A great place for tourists without feeling like a tourist place.
Abels (Sommes Sound) - pretty much same meal as Thurstons, but certainly not worth the extra money or waitress service. Although, their blueberry pie was a notch above.
Burning Tree (Otter Creek) - we saw some mixed reviews on this place, but decided to give it a try. We were glad we did. It was quite crowded even on the later side (we had a 9:00 res) and kitchen was a bit slow. Food was great. I had a halibut special and wife had the tofu dish on the menu. we also enjoyed the crab/avocado stack appeteizer. nice atmosphere and professional service.
House of M (Northeast Harbor) - very pleasant meal. Nice space adorned with photos of locals. a bit of an Asian flare. my wife had their take on moo shoo shrimp while i had a king salmon (since they were out of both the ahi tuna and rack of lamb which were on the menu.) they also made some large, nicely spiced pork pot stickers as an appeteizer.
Jordan Pond House (acadia) - i guess you kind of have to do it. the popovers were a treat, but the salads were sparse.
We got some sandwiches to go pre hike/kayak at both Michelles Brown Bag (bar harbor) and Full Belly Deli (northeast harbor) - i'd recommend both for some interesting options.
Little Notch Bakery (southwest harbor) - great cookies! the pizza smelled great but i did not try.
Can't wait until next summer!