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May 24, 2008 12:46 PM

Bar Harbor Lunch Spot

I am meeting a relative for lunch tomorrow,May 24, in Bar Harbor. She is there for a college class and has not yet been able to see anything outside of the park. Where should I take her? She's 21, so I'm guessing a pretty casual place would work best.

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  1. Sorry - I meant May 25 - Sunday. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    1. The Lompoc Cafe would be a good choice given the age of your dining companion. Here's the lunch menu: Someone mentioned on this board that the food has gone downhill a bit in the last few years, but I hadn't noticed it. Maybe others could comment.

      If you are willing to eat outside of Bar Harbor you could go to Little Notch Bakery in Southwest Harbor for great sandwiches, pizza, bread and cookies.

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      1. re: BikeToEat

        Forgot, Little Notch is usually closed on Sundays. It may be open because of the holiday weekend. I'd call first. 244-3357

      2. Our favorite place in Bar Harbor should be just right:

        Note it needs to be before 1:00pm...

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        1. re: Liz K

          Thanks for your good suggestions! It turns out that my cousin wanted a lobster roll (I should have anticipated this) so we went to a place she had selected off of the park which wasn't great. However, I did check out both Cafe this Way and Lompoc Cafe. I am returning with my mom the first week of June and we plan to hit both as well as Havana for dinner.

          1. re: JenBoes

            My mom, nephew, and I returned from Bar Harbor yesterday. We tried the Lompoc Cafe, Cafe This Way, and Havana. Our lunch at Lompoc was good and the bocce ball court was a great source of entertainment for my nephew. However, the stench in the bathroom and the stale beer smell inside the restaurant really turned us off. I think this must be a popular watering hole at night for the younger crowd - hence the smells. However, I think they could do a better job of cleaning up in the morning.

            Havana was fabulous. They serve carrot jalapeno bread for starters with a butter that reminds me of mole. Unusual but tasty! All of our entrees were excellent, and the lobster paella was the best. We also tried the mushroom spring roll appetizer, the skirt steak, and encrusted tuna. The desserts were also really good.

            Cafe This Way was so charming, and we had a great breakfast there. I loved the atmosphere and the waitstaff was very accommodating too. We will certainly go back.

            Thanks for the great suggestions!

            1. re: JenBoes

              I've been meaning to get to Havana for awhile now. We must have driven by it 4 or 5 times a few weeks ago when we were in the area. Next time I'm up there, I'll definitely hit it.

              Lompoc tends to get a younger crowd, though I do see a number of middle-aged and older folks there when I go, too.

        2. Good suggestions here, but an FYI...Cafe This Way is not open for lunch...breakfast and dinner only!