|Restaurants in Bar Harbor, Maine|
|Bar Harbor restaurants tend to simple fare, but at least this includes...Maine lobsters!|
Because of the many one-day (or few-hour) and short-term visitors, Bar Harbor eateries offer mostly simple dishes: burgers, sandwiches, pizza, tapas, pub fare—but also lobsters, steamed, sautéed, bisqued, or in a lobster roll.
Eating Lobster in Bar Harbor
You'll find lobster-something on almost every menu in town: omelettes, tacos, sandwiches, ravioli, or the classic steamed lobster served with corn-on-the-cob.
Fine. But my favorite is the old authentic: lobster steamed in sea water at a lobster pound (traditionally, a place where lobsters, which can be harvested legally only in summer, are kept in salt-water tanks to be sold all year.)
Outside one, Gateway Lunt's Lobster Pound,just after the airport on the opposite side of the road, is a strange arrangement of backyard barbecues in a row, with large pots or drums on them and tall stovepipes shooting up. These contraptions are used to prepare a traditional lobster clambake.
The drums or kettles are filled with sea water and bits of seaweed, the fire is started beneath, and the water is hot and ready for when you come to order your traditional clambake dinner of lobsters, clams, and corn-on-the-cob.
By tradition, the lobsters should be alive, and kept on ice, not in water. The water can get into the shells and add to the weight of your purchase, which is priced by weight.
Your purchases are put into a fishnet bag, tossed into the boiling water, and 10 to 12 minutes later, your meal is ready.
Sit at a table, inside or out, to consume your feast. This is the way to get the most seafood for your dollar, and the eating couldn't be better.
Not Eating Lobster...
If marine insects are not your thing, no problem. Bar Harbor has lots of places serving burgers, sandwiches, pizza, pub food, and some heartier main courses such as steak and chicken. There are a few ethnic restaurnts as well: Mexican, Indian, Thai, Irish pubs, etc. Not a lot of fine dining, but the seafood can be good.
For breakfast, numerous places offer hearty fare such as bacon and eggs, omelets, hash brown potatoes, french toast, pancakes, etc.
—by Tom Brosnahan