My wife and I are going to the Maine coast a week from Sunday.
First part of trip -- a lazy drive along the coast, from Portland to Bar Harbor, on Sunday.
Second part -- staying four days at the Claremont Hotel in Southwest Harbor, near Bar Harbor.
Any recommendations for:
* Seafood lunch on the drive from Portland to Bar Harbor? Lobster pound-type place.
* Lobster, seafood and also vegetarian (I know, a strange combo) for the four days in Southwest Harbor/Bar Harbor area.
As far as SW Harbor, you must go to Beal's Lobster Pier. Nothing fancy at all, just a plain ol' lobster pound with picnic tables outside. Awesome fresh lobster for about $9. They have excellent onion rings, too!! (Sooo not good for you , though, but that's why they're great.)
As for vegetarian, Eat A Pita in SW offers some good veggie fare using local fresh and/or organic ingredients. In Bar Harbor, the Lompoc Cafe offers quite a few vegetarian selections as well as bocce ball and great local brews. There is also a place in BH called the Alternative Market on Mt. Desert Street that offers all kinds of natural/vegetarian ingredients as well as sandwiches, salads, smoothies, etc. to go.
Galyn's in Bar Harbor is my favorite. Very nice place. A lot of meat options, but lots of fresh seafood menu items and specials. Testa's is also a local favorite with an Italian emphasis.
Hope that gives you a place to start! Have a great time.
I've had two unsatisfactory experiences there. Nothing drastic (eg spoiled food or subsequent illness) just not pleasant and not particularly good. These occasions were widely separated in time (thought I'd give them a second try-that sort of thing). Just a mistake and I won't repeat.
I'd vote for Waterman's, too, as long as the weather is decent. It's worth the side trip (near Rockland).
Rather than Beal's Lobster Pound, we really prefer Thurston's which is nearby Southwest Harbor in Bass Harbor or Bernard...same vibe as Beal's just a bit less smelly/little bit cleaner. We watched harbor seals from our window and the docks outside. You order at the window and pick up your food when it's ready.
We honeymooned at a great B&B in Southwest Harbor four years ago.
The owners are into organic/vegetarian food (he's an amazing cook!) and were able to point us in the direction of great local restaurants. They might be a good contact for you, particularly since you're interested in vegetarian.
Stewman's Lobster Pound at the Bar Harbor Regency is actually pretty good. It's got a great view and I enjoyed the meal I got there. It might have been a bit pricey though.
On the way up, I would highly recommend the Sea Basket in Wiscasset, on Route 1. About a mile before you hit the town center, on the left. First rate chowder and seafood. Killer sweet potato fries!
One of the best vegetarian meals I've had in a while was at Chase's Daily in Belfast. Also on your way, and DEFINITELY worth a stop.