Southwest Harbor, MDI - July 2011
We just came back from a week on MDI, staying in Southwest Harbor. There are two restaurants of note in the town, Red Sky and Fiddler's Green. Both are good, but we give the nod to Fiddler's Green - excellent food and friendly staff, with a delightfully eclectic menu. Where else can you get both well-marinated boquerons and a hand-ground burger with excellent fries? And both my wife and I loved their tuna sashimi plate served with seaweed salad. We also tried their "farm to table pig," which is slow-cooked for 18 hours to the falling-apart stage. The pig itself was wonderfully tender but could have used a bit more flavor. But it was redeemed by the very tasty pickled vegetables on the side (and a word of warning - we split one order and even then I could barely finish my portion while the wife only got through half of her half - this is a LOT of meat!)
Red Sky gets lots of press, but I have to say we were underwhelmed by the experience. I had the lobster bisque to start, which was underflavored and underlobstered, followed by the baby back ribs, which were tender but a bit too sweet - and they committed the unforgivable (to this barbecue fanatic) sin of braising the ribs first before grilling them. Wife had the mussels, which were very good, and the roasted quail, which was also sticky sweet. The chef here clearly has a sweet tooth where meat is concerned.
Not a bad place but to my mind they're just a bit too full of themselves. It also draws a much more homogeneous Brooks Brothersy crowd than Fiddler's Green, at least the night we went - I swear that every button-down shirt on the whole of Mt. Desert Island was eating there that night. So we went back to Fiddler's Green a second time, and again it didn't disappoint.
Fiddler's Green Restaurant
411 Main St, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679
14 Clark Point Rd, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679