Sampling Schoodic Savories
Not a lot of restaurants on the Schoodic Peninsula but the ones we ate at during our stay at Schoodic Woods Campground were quite good.
The Pickled Wrinkle, 9 East Schoodic Drive, Birch Harbor – Rating 4/5
What a cute place, located just outside the boundaries of the beautiful Schoodic section of Acadia National Park. So what the heck are pickled wrinkles you might be asking?
This restaurant does actually have them on their menu – guess you can get them with a side order of Dulse Chips (aka seaweed). Local shops also sell jarred Pickled Wrinkles.
We had lunch here twice, both times with a group of friends. Fun place! We didn’t go there at night but they have entertainment several nights of the week! On our first visit I had the scallop and bacon flat bread ($11.95) with provolone and mozzarella cheese, fresh sea scallops, natural bacon pieces with balsamic reduction. Rob had their fish & chips ($12.95). Both meals were delicious!
On our second visit there, we each had a cup of Crazy Deb’s Seafood Chowder ($5.95), packed with morsels of shrimp, scallops, clams and lobster in a creamy broth and split an order of fried clams ($10.95). Fresh, sweet tender clams fried in a very light batter. Excellent!
Chase’s Restaurant, 193 Main St, Winter Harbor – Rating 4/5
The only choice for breakfast near Schoodic Woods (at least during our late Spring visit) was Chase’s Restaurant so we decided to give it a try one morning. Good food, decent prices and excellent, friendly service. My Western Omelette was very good and Rob enjoyed his usual corned beef hash and eggs. Very good!
On the day of our departure from Schoodic Woods Campground, we had some time to kill so we returned to Chase’s for lunch. Having heard that the area was noted for their fresh scallops, I ordered Sauteed Scallops ($16) with a side salad and onion rings. Rob had what he said was one of the best lobster rolls ($14.99) that he’s had, especially for the price. Excellent lunch!
Wharf Gallery & Grill, 13 Gibbs Lane, Corea, Maine – Rating 4/5
This place is quintessential Maine! Located in a working harbor, it’s a little off the beaten path but definitely worth a visit, if just for the ambiance. Joe Young, a sixth generation Mainer and lobsterman owns both the restaurant and gallery which is located in what once was his workshop. The gallery promotes the work of his late aunt and local photographer, Louise Z. Young during the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s.
Order your food at the grill, get a number, then find a picnic table. When it’s ready, your food will be brought to you. Having had a lot of lobster rolls lately, for a change of pace, we ordered 2 cups of haddock chowder ($6.95 ea) and split a lobster grilled cheese sandwich ($11.95). Both were very tasty.
It’s open Memorial Day to Columbus Day, every day 11 – 4. As you can probably see from the top picture, the cafe is only open weather permitting.
Me & Ben’s Ice Cream, 462 Main St, Birch Harbor – Rating 5/5
Located just next door to the Pickled Wrinkle, this was the perfect place to stop for a refreshing treat. According to the kid waiting on us at the window, the Blueberry Soft Serve is made on the premises and is their most popular flavor, so that’s what we both had. Believe it or not, that is a small cone! Can’t imagine what a large looks like! Rich blueberry flavor and totally yummy!
If you drive or ferry to Bar Harbor, be sure to check out our Downeast Deliciousness post for our critique of some of the restaurants we visited there.
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