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Apr 29, 2012 10:15 AM

Bar Habour and Southwest Habour - creative and unpretentious dining


I will be going to the Acadia park area for a few days around the middle of May. I am lookind for dining spots that feature creative, fresh, local and unpretentious cooking. Anyone has suggestions?

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  1. I think Cafe This Way meets your requirements. We're enjoyed numerous meals there,

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    1. re: Liz K

      Thank you - I checked their web site, looks right up our alley.

    2. There's a small place next to Bar Harbor Grand hotel, looks like a pub with gardens in front, and for the life of me, I can't think of the name, but their food is all that you ask and more. They have a portabella mushroom entree that brought me back three nights in a row. Simple, fresh, local veggies in the summer, no fussy service.

      For lobster, my longtime fave is still Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound but not sure if they're open that early. Nothing fried, nothing fancy, just simple Maine Chow.

      If I think of the name of the first place, I'll link.

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      1. re: fatladysings

        Found it. It's McKays Public House. Now if someone could just beam a couple of their beet or McKays salads and a mushroom piccata to Ariona, I would be one happy girl.

        1. re: fatladysings

          Hadn't heard of McKays before. We'll have to give it a try when we're up there this September. Thanks!

      2. Mache and Fathom, both in Bar Harbor, are worth a look-see.

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        1. re: Mainegal

          I second Mainegal’s recommendation for Fathom in Bar Harbor – it was one of the few places still open past the season when I spent Thanksgiving week there last fall. The food, service and atmosphere were excellent! And I wish that I could have taken home a bottle of the sauce that they serve with the Drunken Shrimp appetizer – it was lick your plate good! ;-)

        2. Thank you for your sugestions, I look forward my visit to Acadia Park and Bar Harbor.

          1. Cafe This Way is indeed great, but I have a couple others for you that are not right in town...Sips
   in Southwest Harbor and Town Hill Bistro right up the road in Town Hill. Both are two favorites of ours.