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couple of los angelenos finally making it to acadia in june. driving up from boston and looking for the best food and places to eat food in maine. really special/unique places that we would be loath to miss. considering driving further on to new brunswick.

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  1. I highly recommend The White Barn Inn, Kennebunkport, and Joshua's in Wells and I'm sure others will chime in. Do a search for Portland restaurants in this board and you'll find a bunch of good ones.

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    1. re: joaninmaine

      There are several lobster shacks along the way that will be way off the highway but involve a pleasant, scenic drive down to the water. Check hours of operation but most should be full time in June. Lupines will be blooming. Here's a link to a 10 best lobster shacks. Our vote for #1 goes to Waterman's Beach. Wear a hat and sunglasses because the best seats are simple picnic tables by the water. It's not too far from Owl's Head Light so you can take a short hike to walk off lunch. Also, rhubarb pies and strawberry/rhubarb pies will be available. North of Camden before you get to Ellsworth there's a place in Stockton Springs right on Rt 1 called Just Barbs. Great place for lunch. If we're in the Camden area we also make a stop for a wine tasting at Cellar Door Winery in Lincolnville. Then buy several bottles of our favorites.

      1. re: dfrostnh

        whoops, forgot the link
        http://www.travelandleisure.com/artic...

    2. If you are looking for local cuisine at it's best you have to stop in Bath to try Solo Bisrto. On Friday's they have live Jazz with local artist. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is elegant while keeping it casual, my go to restaurant while friends and family are visiting!

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      1. re: edis

        Hey, I'm always posting for the Bath area and this is a new place for me, where is it? If you are in this area I would also stop at the Robinhood Meetinghouse in Georgetown and Back Street Bistro in Brunswick....

      2. any recommendations further north/downeast from bar harbor?

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        1. re: cybermaven

          Two summers ago, SO and I had an excellent meal at the Riverside Inn in E. Machias, so if you're getting that far downeast, I'd definitely recommend it: http://www.riversideinn-maine.com/

        2. On Mt. Desert Island: Burning Tree & Havana, Mt. Desert Ice Cream Co...

          1. From my post to another chow hound making the same trip.

            Darby's in Belfast has good chowder & nice atmosphere.www.darbysrestaurant.com
            Cleonice in Ellsworth always a great place for lunch or dinner....small.... www.cleonice.com. If you are staying in Bar Harbor this would be a nice drive "back to the main land" for dinner.
            Jumpin Jays in Portsmouth NH www.jumpinjays.com. Good quality preparation.
            For road side stops....Sea Basket in Wisscasset...Jordans snak bar in Ellsworth.
            Anglers in Searsport for you good high quality fresh "tourist fare" ie fried stuff. But they are always busy so the product will be fresh. Prepareation will be main stream.
            I always get pooped on when I mention the Maine Diner in Wells....but I had there Cod Cakes and Beans one summer & they were tasty came with a corn muffin....but menu is diner food. www.mainediner.com
            While in Bar Harbor Geddys is always a stop for me.www.geddys.com