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May 26, 2010 08:19 PM

HELP for this weekend in ACADIA!

20-something couple off to Acadia Nat Park for Memorial Day weekend. Where to eat? We're staying at Eden Village outside Bar Harbor and will be hiking during the day. We don't want to spend a lot of time in Bar Harbor, but will need dinner Saturday and Sunday nights. What places in Bar Harbor, and/or SW and NE Harbors will be open for the season and are Maine-ish? One of us is a newbie to Maine, lobster, and fried clams. Any good spots nearby? (If only Tidal Falls was still open!)

Also, is the A-1 still good and open for lunch? We'll be passing through Gardiner on the way to Bangor on Friday. Or is there somewhere else to stop? Thanks!

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  1. I will be there this weekend too, staying at Eden Village! I got a lot of recommendations for Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound - looks to be an authentic, local spot where you can pick your own live lobster and have them cook it, or buy them and cook yourself. Mostly outside seating. We're going to stop there for lunch on the way in or out of town.

    As for actual restaurants, I am interested in recs too.

    Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound
    1237 Bar Harbor Rd, Trenton, ME 04605

    1. Yes A-1 Diner, Gardiner, is open for lunch as you pass through. If you liked it in the past it hasn't changed.

      Depending on your routing, consider good lunch options in Hallowell: Slates, Liberal Cup; Cloud Nine at The Senator (right off I-95, Augusta). For a real Maine "fried seafood" experience there is Red Barn, Riverside Dr, Augusta (off I-95 Exit 113/Rte3)

      A-1 Diner
      3 Bridge St, Gardiner, ME 04345

      Liberal Cup
      115 Water St Ste 1, Hallowell, ME 04347

      Red Barn Cafe
      5087 Route 5, East Thetford, VT 05043

      1. For lobster, I'd choose Thurston's in Bass Harbor. A bit pricey, but a lovely setting overlooking a lobster-boat filled harbor on the island's quiet side. Trenton is fine, but it's right on the highway.

        Definitely make rez for dinner in Bar Harbor: Both Mache Bistro and Havana should be open. Also Galyn's, which never surprises nor disappoints--it's solid and the fare is quite good.

        17 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609