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I'm giving a evening talk to the "Friends of Acadia" on Saturday the 12th [climate change adaptation: Hounds welcome to attend!] at the former naval facility in Winter Harbor. Talk is at 7 pm, which makes it impossible to imagine supper afterwards, and will require an early meal before. Probably will spend the day over on MDI. Suggestions for good (and simple: not real dinner out) on way over? Mark (Passadumkeg), I bet you've got some good ideas!

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  1. Tracey's right on Rt.1 in Sullivan is the cheapest Maine style seafood shack around. Finn's on Main in Ellsworth is worth a try. Have you ever dined at Cleonise? It will be too early for most good restos on MDI. Check out Mache Bistro on Cottage St., though. A lot of the dining on MDI I find too touristy and over priced.
    I'll check on Sat. night specials in Sullivan at a few places.

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    1. re: Passadumkeg

      What happened to that Mexican place on Rte 1?

      1. re: whs

        The Mexican Restaurant in Hancock? Esta muy bien.

        1. re: Passadumkeg

          Glad to hear they are still in business. Hope to get up that way this summer.

          1. re: whs

            The Mexican place, in Cherryfield, "The Latino Store" did not make it through the winter. FOR RENT

      2. re: Passadumkeg

        Thanks. Am specifically planning to eat on Schoodic rather than BH we'll be leaving the island in the late afternoon. Love Cleonise, love Mache, but the first is too far for this trip, and both are too much like a great dinner to try to eat at something silly like 5 pm. I take it there's no place in Sorrento or Prospect Harbor or Gouldsboro? Any opinion on Fisherman's Inn or Chases in Winter Harbor?

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

        1. re: mainemal

          Fisherman's Inn--seafood is ultra fresh. One time when I was there, I asked whether a certain fish was fresh or frozen. Waitress turned to the booth behind me and ask the guy when he caught it. Owned/operated by Kathy and Carl Johnson, who also own/operate Grindstone Neck of Maine, the smoked seafood shop just up the road. Service can be iffy, but the food's very good, if a bit on the pricey side. It usually serves early-bird specials between 4:30 and 5:30.

          Chases is classic Maine home-cooked fare with a few surprises. No frills, no surprises.

          A sleeper, in Hancock, is Chipper's. Give it a try sometime.

          1. re: Mainegal

            Yes I was going to suggest Gerrish's, Fisherman's Friend and then Chase's, all in Winter Harbor. Also for a view, get a lobster or crab roll at The Galley on the Bridge, in Sullivan. Or get the rolls to go and go back over the bridge and down to the Tidal Falls for an environmentally beautiful meal.Lady Maine Gal is correct about Chippers as well. The Crocker House on Hancock Point is a fine upscale option. The Sullivsn Harbor Cafe is open for dinner Fri & Sat night. Typical Maine fare.
            I just got back from kayaking from Bar Harbor to Sorrento w/ my students(The Chase's son is an excellent paddler!). I hope to attend the lecture.

            The Galley by the Bridge
            1715 US 1, Sullivan, ME 04664

            Chippers Restaurant
            RR 1, Hancock, ME 04640

            1. re: Passadumkeg

              Great, I hope you make it: we'll finally get to meet!

              1. re: mainemal

                I'm sorry I couldn't make it, but I am curious as to where you did eat.
                Heading out to Tunk Lake for my annual birthday lobster and clam feed today.

                1. re: Passadumkeg

                  Ended up at Fisherman's Inn: nothing spectacular, but definitely palatable. Fried clams a little too breaded and cooked for me, but fresh and tasty. Sorry we didn't get a chance to meet.

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

                  1. re: mainemal

                    Thanks, my opinion of Fisherman's Inn as well. Do let me know if you are up this way again.

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

                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                      Expect to be in the neighborhood end of July - early August, with friends staying in Sargentville, for a few days of paddling and eating.

      3. Things are looking up on the food scene in the Schoodic Penninsula and environs - definitely the best since we have been coming here (about 8 years) - Region now safe for foodies. A few highlights:
        ***The Kitchen Garden in Steuben is our favorite -- cuisine of a quality that you would keep going back for even in NY or Boston, except you would never find such a restaurant there, as the proprietors (who serve dinner in their home) grow the vegetables and herbs and chicken and goats out back (with fish from local suppliers) -- this year we had fantastic jerk chicken, great goat curry (least bony I've had and very flavorful), scallops in a well-seasoned brown sauce, mushroom croquettes, crab cakes and spring rolls -- all superb, as were the pies for dessert. BYO and make a reservation in advance for Th, Fr or Sat in summers.
        *** In Winter Harbor, Chase's Seafood continues to make great seafood chowders and provide classic deep fried seafood and fish and chips. A good bet for lunch or dinner.
        *** There is an excellent Tuesday morning shopping center as 186 hits Winter Harbor - many high points, but my favorite is the homemade Indian food from Tandoor Downeast (you can also call them and order food for pickup from their home in Franklin ME).
        *** Gerrish's has re-opened in Winter Harbor -- good for morning coffee and muffins, as well as a few other dishes -- good homemade hash and eggs.
        *** Two Sisters in Birch Harbor is a nice surprise -- looks like a regular pizza place, but has good soups, good pizza (for Maine), excellent cheesesteaks and fries (for anywhere)...
        *** Best lobster option is to buy and make your own off the dock at the co-op at the end of Crowley Island Road in Corea.
        *** Venturing beyond the Schoodic Penninsula, Steuben boasts the wonderful Kitchen Garden (see above) and also Christopher's - haven't tried it yet but it has a good rep and is in a nice remote setting.
        *** Most exciting new development is Vasquez's Mexican Takeout (which is actually more than takeout, as they have plenty of outdoor seating). The proprietors have had a food truck for a few years, but it was always away serving migrant blueberry pickers inland when we stopped by. Now they have a place on Main Street in Milbridge, with a wide variety of great Mexican dishes -- not just the usual tacos and enchiladas, but also tamales, gorditas, guarches, and tortas (the last three of which we tried and were all very good indeed -- their pork is especially good. (see photo.) The availability of really good Mexican essentially removes the last obstacle to extended time in the region.
        ***A new place called Ironbound (after a nearby island) has replaced the old Domain in the same location on Rt. 1 in Hancock -- we haven't tried the main dining room, but the bar food (beefburger, crab roll, lobster roll etc.) is excellent -- good place to go before or after concerts at the Monteux Center, which is across the street.