Take a Culinary Tour of Maine
Becky’s on Hobson’s WharfRegardless of what time you start your day, there's a good chance you can order breakfast at Becky's on Hobson's Wharf. The staff starts serving heaping plates of eggs, bacon and blueberry pancakes at 4:00 a.m. and keeps the bacon frying until 4:00 p.m. A side of hash browns alongside any of the egg plates will only set you back 25 cents. If you're leaning toward lunch, the haddock chowdah (chowder, to non-natives) is packed with potatoes, bacon and fresh local haddock in a bowl of creamy goodness.
HugosProving that Portland is truly a town for foodies, the 2009 James Beard award for the Northeast went to another local chef. Chef Rob Evans of Hugo's was honored for his creative flair in the kitchen. The changing menu showcases the chef's bag of tricks with impeccable ingredients and a touch of molecular gastronomy. For a real culinary adventure, go for the blind tasting menu where each of the 6 courses unfolds in a surprise dinner until the menu is presented at the end of the meal.
J’s OystersDon't mind the peanut shells on the floor as you saddle up at the bar at J's Oysters on the Waterfront Pier. This casual bar caters to locals with fresh seafood and great brews from the nearby Shipyard Brewery. Between beers, slurp down a baker's dozen of raw oysters, warm up with hearty lobster stew or dig into a kettle of steamers.
Atlantic Brewing CompanyThe Atlantic Brewing Company has found another way to serve the area's wild blueberries. The Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale is a light fruity ale flavored with fresh blueberry juice for a subtle taste that's not overwhelmingly sweet. After you take a tour of the brewery, head outside to the Knox Road Grille for some barbecue ribs and potato salad. Not to be left out of the fun, kids can swig the homemade Old Soaker Bar Harbor blueberry soda or root beer.
Wiscasset is a mid-coast Maine town with seasonal roadside restaurants perfect for a picnic lunch or casual dinner. Located at Main and Water Streets, Red's Eats offers the quintessential roadside food in Maine. The classic lobster roll is a purist's dream with over 1 pound of claw and tail meat served on a toasted bun slathered in butter. There are no additional additives to take away from the pure lobster taste, however mayonnaise and more melted butter are served on the side. Don't be fooled by the humble appearances; Red's may be a tiny shack overlooking the water, but the prices and wait time rival those of more upscale spots. And so does the food.