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Oct 6, 2008 04:22 PM

Bar Harbor Eats

Hi, everyone,
I'll be visiting Down East this weekend and I'm sick of taking Mum to Machias to dinner.
I'd like to head down to MDI for a change. Recommendations are welcome. Is the Jordan Pond House still open for the year? I'm open to all suggestions for good seafood in a pleasant, casual atmosphere. Pubs a plus. Passadumkeag- here's your chance to shine!

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  1. Had enough of Helen's and Blueberry Ranch? The Jordan Pond House is still open. The Chart Room on Rt. 3 in Hull's cove is traditional, casual seafood w/ a view. The Thirsty Whale, on Cottage Street, is a local year round pub w/ cheap, but not great pub fare, but a fun place. McKay's Public House, on Main St. is more upscale, very nice atmosphere, and better, but more expensive grub. Remember to take the Mud Creek cut off through Lemoine.
    My mom is in the hospital after a fall and I'll be heading out of state on Wed. Take good care of your mum.

    1. The pub with the best food that fits your description is most likely McKay's. Not sure what your price range is, but McKay's does have a wide price range.

      For more upscale food and prices, try the Burning Tree in Otter Creek. The last night they are serving this season is on 10/11. You will need to call ahead for a reservation as they will most likely be very busy. They specialize primarily in seafood. If you go, make sure to try the seafood (shrimp, scallops and crab) fritter appetizer. It is delicious. The restaurant is casual, but has no bar or pub area.

      Search this board under Bar Harbor or MDI to find other reviews. Most places are open at least through Columbus Day weekend.

      1. I'll add my vote to McKay's. Wide range of prices and excellent food. I'll also add Maggie's to the mix, assuming it hasn't closed for the season. Owner previously was a fish monger, and she knows how to prepare it perfectly, and most of the produce comes from her farm.

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        1. re: Mainegal

          Who knows what food knowledge lurks
          In the heart of Mainegal?
          The Passadumkeg knows.
          Go with Maggies

        2. Thanks, everyone. Passadumkeag- I hope your Mum's OK.
          Maybe sometime when I visit Down East, we can all hook up...
          Looks like either Maggie's or Mckays, if I talk Mum into visiting " that tourist hell-hole"
          Ayuh, she's gone native...

          1. P.S. I love the Mud Creek Road- it cuts off most of Trenton...

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            1. re: mollydingle

              Wicked good! And don't forget Jaspers and Helen's either for good down east dinein' either in Ellsworth, deary!