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Great Dim Sum in Foxboro at Mai Pearl

I haven't been to Winsor, so can't compare. Chinatown is at least a 45 minute drive for me or an hour by train and Foxboro is about 15 min. Easy choice for me!

Mar 08, 2013
BikeToEat in Greater Boston Area

Great Dim Sum in Foxboro at Mai Pearl

Hopefully you can read these photos. I have a big monitor and I could read the other photo. Sorry.

Mar 08, 2013
BikeToEat in Greater Boston Area

Great Dim Sum in Foxboro at Mai Pearl

No carts, just menu ordering.

Mar 08, 2013
BikeToEat in Greater Boston Area

Great Dim Sum in Foxboro at Mai Pearl

Mai Pearl recently started serving dim sum on Sat & Sun (12-3). I was invited to an opening party last weekend and got to sample about 10-15 different items. The food was equally as good as China Pearl in Quincy, maybe even slightly better. For those of us in the suburbs, this it really a great - no need to go to Chinatown (or Quincy) to have excellent shrimp dumplings, pan-fried turnip cake with XO sauce, stuffed eggplant, clams with black bean sauce, and mochi filled with black sesame seed paste. These were some of my favorites. The dim sum menu is not on their website, but I've uploaded it here.

The Mai Pearl regular Chinese menu and sushi are excellent as well, but glad that they have added dim sum.

Mar 07, 2013
BikeToEat in Greater Boston Area

vegans coming to Acadia

In Bar Harbor, Cafe This Way has several veg entrees (breakfast and dinner, no lunch ). They are accommodating for swaps or changes to the menu. There is also Siam Orchid, a Thai restaurant , that has vegetarian items that would likely be vegan. I would not say it's the best Thai food, but it is ok and inexpensive.

A&B Naturals for tofu, non-dairy ice creams (not sure they are vegan), and other items and assorted organic produce. MDI Ice Cream has various sorbets which are creative and delicious.

Cafe This Way
14 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

seafood market in or near Bar Harbor

At the Bar Harbor Farmers' Market on Sunday mornings (9-12) there is a fishmonger selling a variety of fresh fish and shellfish (scallops, mussels, lobsters). The market is held in the parking lot of the YMCA, corner of Park St. and Main St. I don't know if he will be there on July 4th. He sounded like he might not be there on the holiday.

Looking for gluten free in Bar Harbor, ME

Just noticed last night that Cafe This Way has a celiac menu upon request. I don't know about bars for gluten free beer, unfortunately.

Cafe This Way
14 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Bar Harbor Winter Dining?

Looks like Red Sky will be open after Feb 12. Open for dinner on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They are in Southwest Harbor...worth the drive to the other side of the island.

Boston to Bar Harbor, ME: chow advice?

Second Duck Fat for lunch on the way to BH.

For Saturday lunch you could go to Little Notch Bakery and Cafe in Southwest Harbor. They have great bread, soup, salads, pizza, and good sandwiches. Veggie friendly as well. They are bit pricey as lunches go, but portions are big.

You will likely need dinner reservations for Friday night. Things are still crowded enough. If you want to go a bit lower price-wise, try Cafe This Way for dinner. A few have said on this board that the food has slipped a bit recently, but I have not experienced it.

Lunch in Westwood

Siam Lotus for good Thai food. Route 1 Southbound side in Norwood. It's about a 10 minute ride from where you are working, if there is no traffic.

Aug 31, 2009
BikeToEat in Greater Boston Area

Ginger Beer in Maine- Stewarts, Goslings or Barritts

Cap'n Eli's ginger beer is available at Hannaford. I think it makes a good D&S. Their website lists store locations,

What are the best and coolest food businesses and farms in Coastal Maine? From Rockland north through DownEast.

Mandala Farm in Gouldsboro - They use Norwegian Fjords (ancient breed of horse) to do most of their farm work and grow a variety of vegetables, raise pigs, chickens, and milk cows all with sustainable practices. If you have read about sustainable farming in Omnivore's Dilemma, you know how they farm.

Bar Harbor/Acadia Area Steak?

An added benefit to Havana is that they use locally raised, grass-fed beef.

You might also want to check out Red Sky in Southwest Harbor. I've not had steak there, but the food in general is excellent.

Canton Ma.

Mai Place on Rte 138 - good Chinese and excellent sushi. The Globe did a review of them a few years ago:

Jun 29, 2009
BikeToEat in Greater Boston Area

Enotecca, Bouchon, L'Atelier, Fiamma & LOS - Trip report

After lurking on this board for a while before my business trip to Las Vegas , I made reservations for dinner at these restaurants and had some great eating. It didn't start out so well, but ended up great.

Had a bad dining experience here. The bread was burnt. We were told some story about it being a traditional, tough crust for carrying into the mountains, but it tasted like charcoal. Service was terrible; noise level was really, really loud. The meal was saved by the vinegar maker's salad and the gemelli pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe. Both were delicious. The pork shoulder was ok but not great. We ordered a side of brussel sprouts which the waiter forgot and finally brought out after we had finished the rest of our meal. They were also black, not caramelized, but burnt. The waiter apologized and comped them. The waiter also forgot our wine order. Not our best meal.

The warm, toasted pistacios they bring out with the bread is a very nice touch. Frisee salad was delicious. I had the roast chicken with wild mushrooms and savoy cabbage. The waiter described the long process of salt packing, brining, sous vide cooking and finally roasting the chef goes through for 3 days to make this roasted bird. It was good, but not significantly better than other roast chickens I've had. The mushroom/cabbage mixture was very tasty, though a bit over salted. The noise level here was also very loud. Inexpensive wines by the glass and carafe were good.

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
We went for the winter tasting menu (5-course, $75), labeled the Club Menu at the restaurant. As others have reported, we had to ask for it specifically. The waiter only provided the regular a la carte menu and the more expensive 6-course tasting menu ($148). The winter tasting menu was fabulous. Each course was expertly prepared and beautifully presented. DC and I both had the hanger steak as the choice of the 3rd course and then got one of each of the desserts (tarts and ice creams/sorbets) and shared both. My favorite courses were the langoustine in brick pastry, deep fried and the cheese course. The langoustine meat was sweet and juicy inside the crisp crust. Cheeses were a nice selection of creamy cow, hard sheep and blue cow, all served at the peak of their maturity. We had a bottle of 2004 Chateau Neuf de Pape ($95) to accompany the meal. Excellent. We enjoyed it so much we went back for a second meal before we left.

Three of us dined here. The star appetizer was the crispy calamari with basil, perfectly cooked, crispy and light. All three entrees were great, linguini with sautéed prawns, smoked bacon, tomato, basil, roasted garlic -butter; pan-seared sea scallops with swiss chard, braised cannellini beans, and speck; and grilled pink snapper with roasted vegetables, toasted pine nuts, and vin cotto. Panna cotta for dessert was good but nothing special. Definitely would dine here again. Very reasonable prices for Las Vegas.

Lotus of Siam
We really enjoyed our meal here. The nam kao tod (sour sausage and crispy rice salad appetizer) was very interesting and terrific as was the tom yum kung (hot and sour with shrimp, lime juice, lemon grass & straw mushroom). Our favorite was the sea bass som thum with thai green papaya salad. It was so light and tasty. My DCs loved the chicken red curry, though I wasn't as wowed. LOS has a great wine list, too.

It was a great eating trip. Thanks for all on this board for words of advice about these restaurants. It made our trip!

Mar 02, 2009
BikeToEat in Southwest

What are the best bacons made in New England, especially Maine?

I've purchased bacon from Sunset Acres Farm at farmers markets in the summer. They don't make it, but I think it is cured by Curtis Meats in Warren, ME. The bacon is pretty good. It does have nitrates in it, though the minimum required by state laws, based on the folks at Sunset Acre. I'd contact Bob there and ask him.

Great Chinese between Norwood and N. Attleboro?

Mai Place in Canton has good Chinese, good sushi, too. I'm not sure it's open tomorrow.

I'm not a fan of Golden Abacas. Mandarin Taste is fairly good.

Dec 24, 2008
BikeToEat in Greater Boston Area

locally raised ham for xmas

Don't know if it matters to you, but the hams from Harrington's contain nitrates.

Dec 24, 2008
BikeToEat in Greater Boston Area

Cafe This Way Closed?

Thanks for posting the link. Agreed that it is definitely Miguel's. Interestingly, the original owner just bought it back from the Acadia Corp a year ago and now it's back on the market. He also owns Havana, Rupununi's and Guinness & Porcelli's.

Cafe This Way Closed?

Thanks for providing the link. Agreed that it is Miguel's. The original owner bought it back from the Acadia Corp just a year ago. They also own Havana, Guinness & Porcelli's, and Rupununi's.

Cafe This Way Closed?

I looked today and could not find it on Craig's list in Maine. It would be ashame if it changed hands. Cafe This Way is currently closed for the winter.

Good Wine Buys for under $10.00?

There are some great deals, though sometimes not as good as Costco prices, at Bin Ends Wines ( They deliver wine free within MA if you buy 12 bottles. or more. The convenience of the delivery is great. I've ordered wine online and have had them deliver it within the hour! At times they have some older wines that are hard to find elsewhere. The deals I have gotten on <$10 bottles are real values.

Dec 20, 2008
BikeToEat in Greater Boston Area

Not to Misses in Dedham

Other options include good Thai food at Siam Lotus in Norwood on Rte 1South, excellent sushi and good Chinese at Mai Place in Canton on Rte 138 South, and middle eastern food at Byblos in Norwood (excellent baba ghannouj).

I had dinner at Isabelle last week and hadn't been there in years. I was very pleased with my meal there. Appetizers, salads, and entrees are quite large, so even though the prices are on the high side, you can eat there economically. Wine pours by the glass are also big, probably 200 ml.

Dec 20, 2008
BikeToEat in Greater Boston Area

Local Fresh Turkey

I braved the monsoon on Tuesday and there was still a long line, but the wait wasn't too bad, 20 minutes or so.

Dec 02, 2008
BikeToEat in Greater Boston Area

Local Fresh Turkey

We bought a 14-lb turkey from Owens this year. It was terrific. Lots of good turkey flavor in both the white and dark meat. The bird came very clean, no extraneous feathers or bits of tissue and very little fat in the cavity. There was also very little fat in the roasting pan after it was cooked. The per pound price was $3.59. The line to pick up the turkeys was long but moved along pretty quickly. I think I had read online that Owens feeds their birds all veg. feed and no antibiotics, but there were not any signs in the store that mentioned this.

Nov 30, 2008
BikeToEat in Greater Boston Area

Bar Harbor in the off season

Cafe This Way is closing for the season on Oct 19, so johnbycz will be too late for them. Two Cats is open year round.

Bar Harbor Eats

The pub with the best food that fits your description is most likely McKay's. Not sure what your price range is, but McKay's does have a wide price range.

For more upscale food and prices, try the Burning Tree in Otter Creek. The last night they are serving this season is on 10/11. You will need to call ahead for a reservation as they will most likely be very busy. They specialize primarily in seafood. If you go, make sure to try the seafood (shrimp, scallops and crab) fritter appetizer. It is delicious. The restaurant is casual, but has no bar or pub area.

Search this board under Bar Harbor or MDI to find other reviews. Most places are open at least through Columbus Day weekend.

Chili Verde, Tomatillos or not

The tartness of tomatillos depends on their level of ripeness. The riper they are, the sweeter they will be. As they ripen they also turn more yellowish in color.

I recently made a chile verde with tomatillos and it was a bit too tart. There was also poblanos, onions, garlic and pork in the recipe. I added some ground cumin, which gave it an earthiness that contrasted the tartness well. This is probably non-authentic, but it tasted good to me!

Oct 02, 2008
BikeToEat in Home Cooking

Pizza and Ice Cream in Bar Harbor

How's the pizza at LIttle Notch Bakery in Southwest Harbor? It's probably pricey, too. Their sandwiches are great, but I've not tried the pizza. I've heard it's good and it looks good.

Bar Harbor & Boothbay Harbor, ME

I had recently tried Town Hill Bistro and was sorely disappointed. I thought the menu concepts were good, but the execution very amateurish and woefully under-spiced. My review:
As for your list, I'd replace Town Hill Bistro with Red Sky in Southwest Harbor. I like Burning Tree and Havana and think they are keepers, in that order. I think that Red Sky and Havana are equals. I haven't been to Ports of Italy and Boat House Bistro, so can't compare them with the others. My experience with Mache was so long ago that I don't think it would be appropriate.