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Boston Restaurant Blog -- May, 2005

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Restaurants Near Acadia National Park

Well, just got back from yet another great trip to Acadia National Park in Maine. For those who haven't been to Bar Harbor or Acadia National Park, it is a must-see; high hills and mountains rising from the Atlantic Ocean, dark spruce forests, pristine ponds, and charming villages are just a few of the attractions to this great part of Maine. And, of course, there is no shortage of good restaurants in the Acadia area.

Every year, we try to go to different restaurants when we stay in Northeast Harbor (a quaint village on Mount Desert Island, about 20 minutes from Bar Harbor). And this year was no exception, though we do have our favorite restaurants that we go back to. Anyway, here are the restaurants we went to over the past weekend:

For lunch, we went to China Hill in Ellsworth, a middling Chinese restaurant that would never make it in Boston's Chinatown, but wasn't all that bad, considering this is not an area known for Chinese food.
For dinner, we enjoyed some excellent entrees at the Docksider Restaurant, a seafood shack and ice cream stand which is within walking distance of the Kimball Terrace Inn in Northeast Harbor (where a number of us stay every year). The lobsters at The Docksider were outstanding, and the crabmeat au gratin and burgers were very good, too.

For breakfast, we tried Jordan's Restaurant, which is a bustling townie joint in Bar Harbor. Jordan's is a truly terrific place for a hearty breakfast, and the people who work here are very friendly.
For lunch, we checked out the Little Notch Bread Company and Cafe in Southwest Harbor, a classic fishing village on the other side of Mount Desert Island. This was a pleasant surprise, with healthy, fresh sandwiches and gourmet pizza.
For dinner, we made our second annual trip to the fantastic Lompoc Cafe, which is on a side street behind the center of Bar Harbor. The Lompoc Cafe is a funky little place that serves all kinds of food, including my favorite--a chicken burrito that tastes out of this world. But even better, perhaps, is their chicken fusilli plate.

For breakfast, we had a rather disappointing meal at the Main Sail, which is part of the Kimball Terrace Inn in Northeast Harbor. I really wish they would improve the food at the Main Sail, since The Kimball Terrace Inn is such a great place to stay.
For lunch (on the way back), we basically went to food heaven, also known as Darby's Restaurant and Pub, in the funky, quirky town of Belfast. Darby's, which we also feature on the Boston's Hidden Restaurants site, is an amazing place; it's a charming old spot with all types of cuisine, and all of which is outstanding. I only wish Darby's were closer to Boston.

Once again, I ate way too much food, but with nice weather finally coming to Boston, I hope to walk it all off over the next few days. It's always sad to know that there will be no more Acadia trips for another year...or will there? Hmmmm, we'll have to see about that one...

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