Monday, July 21, 2008

The Islesford Dock Restaurant

"The Islesford Dock is the center of social activity on Little Cranberry Island. The Islesford Dock Restaurant is the anchor around which Marian Baker's Pottery Shop, the Little Cranberry Yacht Club and Sue Hill's Winters Work gift shop revolve."

A recent boat trip over to the
The Islesford Dock Restaurant had mixed reviews among our party. Five adults and three kids. We had nice boat ride over but found it difficult to find a place to dock on the busy wharf. We arrive around 12 on a Sunday when brunch is served ($6 - $12). We have been before and have expected the prices to be a bit steeper than somewhere on the mainland (it is a unique location worth paying for the experience) but we were not expecting to wait approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes for our breakfast after placing our order. It was just eggs after all. The waitress said they were having a problem with their water so we couldn't get any ice water and after taking our order we didn't see her again until the plates were ready. No reorders of drinks or even an update on what the hold up was.

When the food did arrive it was ok. My omlete ("approriately priced" = $10) with brie and sausage was ok. The edges of it seemed nearly deep fried, so I imagine it was cooked in a skillet full of oil. The home fries on the side were deepfried and they wasn't any toast or anything else. Believe me when I say we were starving by the time the meals came! Surely a better deal for breakfast can be had at Denny's but even a fancy breakfast at Two Cats in Bar Harbor is more satisfying at only $8.

At night the Dock serves high end dinners aimed at the yahating crowd as it represents a reason for the rich to justify their expensive boat purchases. For normal people the dock is usually a fun experience and you can arrive by the Little Cranberry ferry or mail boat. Expect to pay a bit more then you'd expect but hopefully you won't have to wait as long as we did.

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