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Published September 14th 2011
Popular activities include whale, lobster and seal watching
Your visit to Bar Harbor, Maine comprises many fun things to do—boutique shopping for trinkets, whale watching, outdoor sports activities or touring via lobster boats. There's one more—sampling the foods that define the Downeast culinary experience. Your dining options are aplenty—reachable by foot, bike, the free Island Explorer shuttles or your car.
Or, treat yourself to the Downeast Lobster Experience, which comes with a half ladle of New England clam chowder, a steamed Maine lobster, potatoes, mussels and corn—plus a generous slice of homemade blueberry pie.
When the craving for something sweet, cool and yummy strikes, head over to Mount Desert Island Ice Cream on Bar Harbor's Main Street—the same place where President Barack Obama and his family visited during their own trip to Maine.
Located on Main Street, across from the Village Green
The venue lives up to its tagline—fearless flavor, delighting dessert connoisseurs with delicious and curious-sounding choices, such as Brigadeiro, the Elvis, Scorned Woman, Girls Scouts Gone Wild, Nectarine Prosecco Sorbet and Chocolate Wasabi.
While you can have these tasty flavors served on a waffle cone, or as a sundae, split or shake—with so many options on hand, perhaps a flight of four flavors would suit your piqued palate. You get enough of each flavor that you don't have to go solo—instead, share your flight experience with a buddy.
You'll find that while waterfront dining is plentiful in Bar Harbor, each setting overlooks its own piece of island beauty. Bask in awe-inspiring sunrise and sunset views of Frenchman Bay at the Looking Glass Restaurant—the place to go for breakfast or dinner.
The Looking Glass Restaurant is right by the Wonder View Inn and the Bluenose Inn
For dinner, appetizers include chilled handmade wild mushroom crepes, which offers hints of white truffle oil and sesame. Try the medley of seafare, grilled beef tenderloin or Chef Arturo Montes's local twist on the classic mac and cheese—the inclusion of Maine lobster, plus a blend of cheeses.
The Looking Glass Restaurant
50 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
During your mouthwatering tasting journey around Bar Harbor, you may have noticed beer-type bottles filled with the delightful flavors of blueberry soda and root beer, or their alcoholic counterparts—Mount Desert Island Ginger, Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale, Coal Porter and others. These concoctions are handcrafted by Maine's own Atlantic Brewing Company.
Handcrafted beverages from Atlantic Brewing Company
Then head outside and follow the smell of barbecue wafting through the grounds. Adjacent to the brewing company sits Mainely Meat Barbecue, where carnivores can sink their teeth into savory and tender pulled pork, smoked ribs, chicken and sausages. And, yes they serve beer from Atlantic Brewing Company to complement your meal. Young patrons can opt for grilled cheese and hot dogs.