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Needing help in finding good casual places to eat, on the Schoodic Peninsula?
Coming from Dallas, Tx. next week and don't want to change accomddations due to lack of "good eats". Thanks in advance to any and all who can help. Passadumkeg - am hoping you will reply as you seem to know the area.

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  1. Chase's in Winter Harbor should fit the bill. Amazing raspberry pie and their clam chowder is excellent--not that floury gunk you usually get, more broth-like. The real deal. In WH, there's also the Fisherman's Inn, which is owned by a fellow who goes to Thailand regularly--he incorporates some interesting flavors from Asia in his dishes.

    1. Yes, but just got in from a loooooong day. But first you must answer a New Mexican question.

      Why does it only cost fifty cents to talk with the devil in Dallas-Ft Worth?

      Tell you more tomorrow, but file away Chester Pike's Galley in Sullivan for brekkie or lunch.
      Oh, just saw whs' response. Spot on.

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      1. re: Passadumkeg

        How much does it cost to talk to the one in Crawford, Texas, when in residence?

        1. re: Passadumkeg

          Why does it only cost 50 cents to talk to the devil in Dallas-Ft Worth?

          Local phone call.

          Sorry, Lobo Alum w/ Austin daughter.

          Now just up the road a pace, from Winter Hbr is Birch Hbr. Hit Bunker's Wharf for crustaceans and mollusks, funky bar and small deli too. In Milbridge, Joshies place for the cheapest lobster roll around, the Red Barn, local staple and 44 North and a decent fish market. The is a lobster coop in WH for live bugs. In Hancock, The Crocker House and Le Domaine for fine dining and Ruth and Whimpies for the cheapest lobster and local's haunt. In Ellsworth Jordens Snack Bar for the best fried clams we know(BYOB) and Cleonise for fine Mediterranean and locally produced foods. Blue Hill, Arborvine:
          Stonington,Fisherman's Friend and finally the Bagaduce Lunch in Brooksville for waterside seafood. But don't miss the lobster Benedict or corned beef hash Benedict at Chester Pike's Galley in Sullivan on Rt. 1 just a short distance before the WH turn off. And don't forget that the Tidal Falls Rest. is BYOB!
          It goes without saying, avoid Mex food in Maine. Never eat Mex where no one speaks Spanish.
          Go eat a bowl of pozole with a pork tamale on the side and a bowl of menudo for dessert for me will ya pard'?

          1. re: Passadumkeg

            I haven't been there myself, as of yet, but TheGolferBitch is constantly championing Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! That's would be Marcia's Mexican Cantina, a Tex-Mex, in Wells. It's a long way from the Schoodic Peninsula but I trust "TGB"'s judgement completely and it should be added on the "link to places" feature, and so now it has.

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            Marcia's Mexican Cantina
            1619 Post Rd, ME 04090

            1. re: Passadumkeg

              Don't forget Country Charm in Steuben, on the road heading down to 'tit Manan. Go for breakfast. Also some of the best fish and chips in Maine. I've also heard really good things about Chipper's. I ate his food at a catered event, and it was excellent. The building is a rather unassuming cape-style house hard by Route 1.

              Next door to Le Domaine is Mano's Market, run by Nicole Purslow, former owner of Le Domaine. Great foods to go, along with soups and salads, cheeses and breads, and a nice wine selection.

              Also, take the passenger ferry (a retrofitted lobster boat) over to Bar Harbor, walk over to Morning Glory bakery on Rodick street and order a bag lunch, then either rent bikes or take the bus into the park for a picnic and later to Jordan Pond House for tea and popovers with homemade ice cream and jam. Mmmmm.

              If you make it up to Machias, the Artists Cafe is a nice surprise.

              1. re: Mainegal

                You got the cracks in my post, Mainegal. I work 20 yds from Morning Glory and forgot it! The ferry is an excellent idea.

                1. re: Mainegal

                  Mainegal,
                  I'll give you fair warning about consorting with Pass: He's both a wastrel and a scoundrel, will cause you nothing but aggravation and has been known to compete with the kitties, in stealing babies' breathes. Danger!

                  Harp00n

                  1. re: Harp00n

                    Harpoon speak w/ barbed tongue. He want you to eat on High St. in Ellsworth. Fine selection of chain restaurants: Mc Ducks, Booger King, Windys, Pizza Crud, Dinnys, Fiendlys and even Pats Pizza! Capitalism at its best.

                  2. re: Mainegal

                    What about good eats in Winter Harbor, close by the ferry? We're thinking of taking the kiddies (aged 6 and 4) while we're camping in Bar Harbor in August for a day trip. We'll probably need sustenance and/or a diversion before we start walking.

                    1. re: Bivalve88

                      Hello Bivalve88,
                      I believe our favorite Brit Hound, whs, has answered that question quite nicely in the very first reply on this OP :-))

                      Harp00n

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                      Chase's Restaurant
                      193 Main St, Winter Harbor, ME 04693

                      Fisherman's Inn Restaurant
                      7 Newman St, Winter Harbor, ME 04693

                      1. re: Harp00n

                        Guess I should have clarified what I'm asking about. My question was really concerning places in close proximity to the ferry. I've never been to WH, have no idea if things are concentrated or spread out. I'm probably going to have a couple of hungry kids on my hands and will need to have good chow spots that we can immediately go to. Sorry for any confusion. ;-)

                        1. re: Bivalve88

                          If by ferry, you're referring to the CAT to N.S. and being on two different penisulas, it's probably about an 1:00-1:15 hrs. and a 40-45 mile ride between Winter Harbor and Bar Harbor, depending on the traffic. If that's the case then, obviously, you'll need to look at Bar Harbor recs. Most especially by Pass & Mainegal, as they're more current on Bar Harbor than I am.

                          Harp00n

                          1. re: Harp00n

                            I'm guessing he/she's referring to the ferry between Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor. You can walk to either Chase's or Fishermen's, Chase's is closer, and is probably the better bet with young kids. Service can be painfully slow at Fishermen's. You're not limited to walking--you can take the free Explorer bus. It picks up at the ferry, but I'm not sure which direction it heads first.

                            1. re: Mainegal

                              Thanks, Mainegal! That is exactly the information I was looking for. Whew!

                              1. re: Bivalve88

                                And OBTW, it appears that I'm the one who didn't pay attention very well in reading Mainegirl's earlier post regarding ferries :-(

                              2. re: Mainegal

                                See, it's just like my wife always sez; the best man for the job is a woman!

                2. For snacking in your room, or a picnic, the smoked seafood from Grindstone Neck of Maine is great! (Just north of Winter Harbor)

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                  Grindstoneneck of Maine
                  311 Newman St, ME 04693