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Trip report: Mt. Desert Island and Bar Harbor

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We just returned from a glorious week camping on Mt. Desert Island and thoroughly enjoying everything the island and Acadia has to offer. We did a lot of cooking at the campsite, but here are a few comments about what we did enjoy while out and about. Hope it is helpful.

Dysart's Truck Stop in Bangor (ok, not on MDI, but pretty close). We ate there on the way up and the way home. I had a lobster roll which was a good deal and very fresh. My husband had the reuben both times and said it was one of the best: good corned beef, excellent rye. On the way home I had the corned beef hash, which was basically just corned beef and onions, very little potato filler. Excellent.

Bar Harbor:
MDI Ice Cream: should have eaten there more then once. We had the boiled coffee and the butterbeer. Both excellent. Tried a sample of the "real avocado" ice cream. Tasted like avocado, that's for sure. Not for me!

Thirsty Whale: open year round, pub with good food. I had the fried clams, husband got the fried haddock sandwich. Good food, good value. Nothing fancy but filled with locals and tourists alike.

Side Street Cafe: Went for lunch. By 12:30 there was a substantial wait for seating. My husband had the lobster boil special which was 1 1/4 lb. boiled lobster, 1/2 lb. steamers, 1/2 lb. mussels, corn on the cob and a cup of chowder. I am pretty sure it was $23 or 24. He devoured it. The kids had the "best BLT ever", (it was actually a BLTA....with avocado) and I had a black bean burger which was pretty good. Would love to go for dinner. Excellent service as well.

2 Cats: Breakfast....Excellent, packed at 8:00 on a Friday. I had the smoked salmon benedict on biscuits. It was really good, but very skimpy on the salmon. Husband loved the pancakes. Great atmosphere, good food.

Pat's Pizza: I had read that they had really good thin crust pizza, and it was good (but very greasy), but something was very off about this place. There were 2 servers for only about 5 tables of customers and they could barely get the job done. The empty table next to us was never cleared in the 45 minutes that we were there; the lady near us ordered tuna on her salad, but got ham and no dressing; the crackers they gave us with the Caesar salad were rancid (!). Just a weird vibe.

Bernard: Thurston's Lobster Pound: Great location, reasonable pricing, excellent lobster. Also got the crabcake sandwich which was very tasty and a fresh, reasonably priced lobster roll. Blueberry spice cake was a nice way to finish the meal.

For two of our meals, we bought steamers and lobsters from RAT's along the highway. That was the way to do it!!

Great week, beautiful scenery, high quality food (for the most part).

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  1. RATS Rules! He's a character!

    1. When I was in Maine two years ago I transferred from a CYR Bus to a Greyhound Bus at Dysart's. The switch was only 10 minutes so I didn't order anything because I didn't want to miss the connection. Maybe I missed something?