Probably THE place to have the Maine Lobsta Experience. Yes, parking can be tricky, yes the line is often long, yes there is a plethora of plastic forks and paper plates, but it's all worth it. When I see those yellow awnings - I just get happy!
The lobsta is fresh fresh fresh. The blueberry cake (locally made) is delicious. I've been so full that I took it for a snack or breakfast the next day! The corn (also local) is tender and sweet. You order and wait till they call you and it goes pretty quickly overall. There are choices for people who aren't crazy about lobsta (though I've never eaten them). The price is absolutely right.
The view of Bass Harbor - working lobsta boats, seagulls, the occasional eagle, the Swan Island Ferry coming and going - keeps your view interesting and ever changing. There may even be an artist or two painting the scene. The house from one of Steve King's movies is on this road as well as a delightful "lighthouse" covered with lobsta buoys. I've gone nearly every time I've been to Mt Desert - so 7 or 8 times - both by myself and with a large group.
If you want to avoid the line and easily find parking - go earlier in the day. Park on the road if you have to but do pay attention to the signs and be kind to people who live there. Try to find a balance between parking on someone's property and hanging the whole car out in the NARROW road.
As for the plastic forks, etc, unfortunately, given the serve-yourself/clean-up after yourself style, there aren't many choices other than constantly fishing through the trash to pick out silverware and in my observations most people aren't going to pay attention to sorting out their garbage at a restaurant.
Go, enjoy, eat, be merry!
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