September 9, 2014
Here’s a quick little post about some tasty viddles in the Bar Harbor, ME area…
On our drive to Schoodic Point in Maine (a gorgeous spot on the ocean where we were able to have a picnic lunch on the rocks and see porpoises swimming by) we passed a smoked fish shop on the road that loops to the point called Grindstone Neck of Maine that looked worth checking into. We walked in and the man behind the counter (turns out he is the owner’s son) apologized for the low inventory explaining that they were in the process of smoking more and restocking. No worries though – there were still some great choices to be had. He talked to us about the history of this family owned business and of his belief in ‘slow food’. We purchased some thinly sliced smoked salmon, a creamy salmon spread and something especially tasty…Salmon Candy.
This salmon candy is great and I have never had anything like it. He said, however, that it is common in Alaska. It comes in long strips and they are much firmer than a cheesestick but more tender and easy to bite into than beef jerkey. He said that it is smoked once and then covered with a sweet “sauce” and smoked again which gives it a great sweet/salty taste. In their ziplock pouch, they made great, portable snacks on our next day out. If you want to try them, they do ship and if you’re in the Northeast Sept 12-28th, they will be selling their wares at the Big E in the Maine pavilion (though I don’t know for sure if they’ll have the Salmon Candy there).
Then, that night for dinner, we stopped at Mainely Meat BBQ – also the home of the Atlantic Brewing Company. Unfortunately we arrived too late for the brewery tour where they show the process of making their beers, blueberry soda and root beer but we had plenty of time for a good BBQ dinner. I had a pulled pork sandwich (one of my favorite sandwich choices – a taste I acquired while living in Atlanta), a really tasty blueberry ale (one of their classic brews) and the MOST delicious side of baked beans I have ever had.
Now I am not one to usually rave about baked beans – I mean, I like them, but I wouldn’t usually go out of my way to comment on them. But these beans…they were scrumptious. They were complex in their flavoring, smoky with a bit of a kick (you could see jalapeño peppers sprinkled in there) but there was something else I couldn’t really identify and our waitress would only say that they were made with a secret blend of spices. I could have eaten a big ‘ole bowl of them. I said as much to our waitress and she laughed and said she didn’t think that was such a great idea. Can’t imagine why. 🙂
Let me just say that if you are going to Acadia, a stop at Grindstone Neck of Maine and Mainely Meat BBQ will definitely be worth it!