Why does Bar Harbor have some of the best breakfasts anywhere?
Maybe it’s because they know you’ll work them off hiking in Acadia. Perhaps it’s because a big farmer’s breakfast is a Yankee tradition.
Regardless, you’ve been eating cereal all year, so it’s time to indulge in a great breakfast during your vacation to Maine.
Bar Harbor has several restaurants that qualify as offering “destination breakfasts.” Most are casual. Some spots specialize in breakfast only – consistently big, not necessarily traditional. Others take the creative flavors of dinner to the day’s first meal. And it should be no surprise that Maine’s best-known ingredient – lobster – is prominently featured in many dishes.
Take 2 Cats at 130 Cottage Street, for example. The day we were there two of the specials featured lobster. One was the Lobster Omelet with smoked Gouda cheese and scallions, served with spicy home fries and a biscuit with strawberry butter. The other, which my husband chose, was their Lobster Benedict with homemade hollandaise.
But I’ll warn you. At 2 Cats it’s not easy to decide what you want for breakfast. The menu features many options for scrambled eggs, omelets, Eggs Benedict, granola, and smoothies. And lobster-loaded concoctions aren’t the only specials. Consider a Portobello mushroom, bacon, and Swiss cheese omelet or apple cinnamon pancakes, for example.
Breakfast at 2 Cats is served Monday through Sunday, from 7am to 1pm. Happy diners (happier if they didn’t have to wait long) congregate on the porch, as well as in the cozy, brightly painted dining rooms of a big old yellow house, which is also an inn.
Need more convincing? The rich Equal Exchange coffee and friendly service get rave reviews. Just don’t set your heart on a Bloody Mary – there’s no alcohol. Console yourself with the WiFi.
Get more ideas for the best places to eat on Mount Desert Island by visiting OUR ACADIA.