So we drove to Otter Creek from our hotel in Bar Harbor, arriving 45 minutes early to walk around downtown Otter Creek before dinner. Big mistake. The restaurant is located directly off the highway, and there are no sidewalks. Likewise, there is no downtown in Otter Creek.
When we showed up at 5:15 for our 6:00 reservation, the hostess was pretty unfriendly, and wasn't sure she could seat us. This seemed a little ridiculous. The place was empty. Clearly, our 6:00 table was available at 5:15. There was plenty of staff present to attend to us.
Despite the distatsteful beginning, everything after that was wonderful. The waitress was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. We began with the squash blossoms- wonderful summer squash stuffed with goat cheese, and coated in a very light batter and splash fried. There were three on the plate and I could have eaten thirty of them. After that, we enjoyed an entree of poached grey sole, served pinwheel style, over a corn veloute, topped with crab meat and fresh tomatoes, and drizzled with curry butter. Incredible flavors came from the vegetables, many of which are grown in a garden next to the restaurant. We finished with a lemon pie, topped with fresh blueberries, and an order of homemade molasses pecan ice cream. This meal was really something special.
During our visit, we ate at Fathom, Mache Bistro and Burning Tree. All were very good, but Burning Tree was a notch above.
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