I lived in Harpswell, Maine for 12 years, raised my kids there, and hope to someday settle there for good. The 14 mile drive from Brunswick is worth every inch. "The Dolphin," as we call it, began as a small diner-type eatery meant for the fishermen putting out of the marina there. There was honey pine on the walls, small ship-styled wall lamps over each table and views to the water and boats. Many people boat there, docking and walking up to the restaurant. The smaller Dolphin chrysalis has become the siren butterfly, a spectacular new restaurant, with all the shingle style Maine features that keeps it original to its roots. Every table has a view to an island or peninsula or open ocean. The food is fresh, locally caughtt for the most part (salmon), and prettily served. Local beer, good wine and even local coffee is served. Unique to the Dolphin is chowder with a house made blueberry muffin. The chowder is beloved (although a tad pricey, given low lobster prices the past few years), and good luck getting the recipe to either. People have been trying for years. This is an experience on every sensory level. If you lovve the ocean as I do, get out there an d linger.
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