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We stopped at Brandon & Laura’s Cafe in Southwest Harbor for lunch.  It was a little cafe where the locals hang out.  Loren ordered the haddock sandwich with the salad bar.

Haddock Sandwich

Salad bar

This was the best tasting haddock we had all vacation.  It was perfectly cooked and tender.  We were both impressed at how tasty it was.  I went for the mushroom burger with onion rings.

Mushroom Burger

The onion rings were addictive.  Thin shoestring onion rings that I just couldn’t stop eating.  The burger was cooked well and had a nice flavor to it.  We opted for the strawberry shortcake for dessert.

Strawberry Shortcake

I’m not a fan of strawberry shortcake served on a biscuit, but it was ok.  Plenty of whipped cream to keep it moist.  Total bill with a drink was $23.

Brandon & Laura’s Cafe
11 Seal Cove
Southwest Harbor, ME
(207) 244-5551

Brandon & Laura's Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

  • Filed under: American, Maine
  • We traveled north today since it was raining and ended up in Lincoln, ME for lunch at Gillmor’s. We munched on some sweet chili meatballs to start.

    Sweet Chili Meatballs

    These were pretty tasty.  They had a bit of spice to them and there were plenty for an appetizer for two.  Loren went for a bacon cheeseburger & I decided to try the haddock & clam combo plate.

    Bacon Burger

    Clams Haddock

    He said the burger was cooked well and the bacon was just the way he liked it.  I liked the clams on my plate, but the haddock was a bit on the dry side.  We saw bread pudding on the dessert menu and had to try it.

    Bread Pudding

    We’re always surprised at how many different versions of bread pudding there are out there.  I didn’t particularly like this one.  It had coconut in it and a strong spice taste, I think it was clove.  Total bill with a drink was $44.

    Gillmor’s Restaurant
    236 W Broadway
    Lincoln, ME

    Gillmor's Restaurant/ Beef 'n' Ale Lounge Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

  • Filed under: American, Maine, Seafood
  • We visited Asticou Azalea Garden and Thuya Gardens this morning and then stopped at the Asticou Restaurant for lunch.  This was the best meal we had on our entire vacation.  We started off with a cup of the lobster stew which came with two popovers.

    Lobster Stew



    The popover recipe is the same one they use at the Jordan Pond Inn.  It was so light and fluffy and delicious.  They were piping hot when served with strawberry preserves and the steam just billows out when you cut into it.  The lobster stew was phenomenal.  I should have ordered a bowl of it instead of a cup.  Big chunks of lobster in a rich, creamy, buttery broth.  It was amazing.  Loren got a roast beef and boursin sandwich and a side salad and I went for the lobster roll.

    Roast Beef

    Side Salad

    Lobster Roll


    He said his sandwich was fresh and tasty.  The boursin cheese added a nice creaminess to the sandwich.  My lobster roll was perfect.  Big chunks of perfectly cooked and picked lobster meat and the roll were fresh and toasted.  It was so good.  There was no way I was passing up dessert here, so we got the blueberry pie.

    Blueberry Pie

    It had a nice crust with a tasty blueberry filling.  The ice cream was also rich and creamy.  Service was great, we sat out on the patio and had a beautiful view and the food was amazing.  Total bill was $61.

    Asticou Restaurant
    15 Peabody Drive
    Northeast Harbor, ME

    Peabody's at the Asticou Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

  • Filed under: American, Maine, Seafood
  • We stopped in Jeannie’s Great Maine Breakfast this morning.  There was about a 20 minute wait for a table then we settled in for some blueberry pancakes and a omelette.

    Blueberry Pancakes


    The pancakes were fluffy and tasty, but for the price, I was surprised that they didn’t come with anything else.  This is part of being a tourist destination, everything is overpriced . Loren liked the omelette well enough.  Service was ok, just took a while to get our food.  Total bill was $21.

    Jeannie’s Great Maine Breakfast
    15 Cottage St
    Bar Harbor, ME
    (207) 288-4166

    Jeannie's Great Maine Breakfast Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



    After a day of hiking, we stopped at Blaze in downtown Bar Harbor for dinner.  The restaurant was crowded, but lucky for us there was an open table on the patio near the entrance that no one wanted because it was a bit chilly out.  We started off with some clam chowder and poutine.

    Clam Chowder


    This was the clam chowder we’ve been looking for.  Thick and creamy with a nice flavor.  Blaze is famous for their duck fat fries, so we had to try them with the addition of gravy and cheese curds to make it a poutine.  You could feel your arteries hardening as you ate it, but it was worth every bite.  I really don’t know that the fries cooked in duck fat tasted that much different from any other well cooked french fry, but add gravy and cheese and it’s just delicious.  Loren went for the haddock tacos and I decided to try the duck menag a trois.

    Haddock Tacos

    Duck Menagatrois

    The tacos weren’t really anything to write home about.  They were pretty plain and the fish was just ok.  My duck dish didn’t quite satisfy the way I had hoped it would.  The grilled duck was a little tough in places, but otherwise tender.  It was served with a sweet berry compote that complimented the duck well.  The white part of the sunny side up egg was very overcooked and like rubber.  The hash had duck, brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes but the brussel sprouts were way overpowering.  They just didn’t play well with everything else on the plate.  We decided to stick it out for dessert and ordered the chocolate cake.

    Chocolate Cake

    This was quite delicious.  Creamy and mousse like with a deep rich chocolate flavor.  This and the poutine were the highlights of the meal, especially when the bill for $73 came.  Service was slow throughout the meal.  I was pretty sure the waiter had forgotten we were even one of this tables.

    198 Main St
    Bar Harbor, ME
    (207) 801-2755

    Blaze Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato