Where to Eat in Bar Harbor, Maine

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Posted 2011-09-14 by Cristina Dimenfollow

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.

Stewman's Lobster Pound

With two locations, Stewman's Lobster Pound makes it easy for patrons to experience a traditional lobster bake in Bar Harbor's authentic oceanfront lobster pound.

Try a full ladle of their Maine lobster bisque, and then enjoy the crunchy clams in the Downeast clam roll—accompanied by a side of tartar sauce, slaw and sweet potato fries.

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.

While you're in town, don't forget to sample a whoopie pie, a local favorite. Stewman's tops theirs with vanilla ice cream and drizzles of syrup.

And, if the place isn't too busy, a staff member may even take your young ones outside to check out the lobster tanks, and school them on all-things lobster.

Stewman's Lobster Pound (Downtown)
35 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Stewman's Lobster Pound (Bar Harbor Regency)
123 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Mount Desert Island Ice Cream

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.

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.

Mount Desert Island Ice Cream
325 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

The Looking Glass Restaurant

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.

Gaze out onto the peaceful bay waters from inside the glass-walled restaurant as a yellow-orange glow slowly peeks from the horizon.

Or, choose from among the tables outside and greet the new day with fluffy blueberry buttermilk pancakes made with Maine's wild variety, blueberry sauce and whipped cream.

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

Mainely Meat Barbecue & Atlantic Brewing Company

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.

Drop by for a beer tasting tour, sample some of their flavors, purchase root beer-flavored hard candy, or a case or two of your favorite or newly-discovered beverages for gift-giving.

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.

The restaurant is open daily from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Or, stop by on Saturdays during the same hours and eat all the barbecue that you can handle.

Mainely Meat Barbecue & Atlantic Brewing Company
15 Knox Road
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

When you're ready for more tasty fare, pull out your handy visitors map, plot your course, forgo your own vehicle and hop on an Island Explorer shuttle for the next stop on your epicurean journey.

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