A Foodie Excursion to Deer Isle, Maine

I was on a flight recently, flipping through the American Way magazine when the word “Acadia” caught my eye. Turns out that Ryan McCaskey, the chef of Chicago’s amazing two-Michelin starred restaurant Acadia (which we visited and loved a few years ago), opened a “pop-up” restaurant, Acadia House Provisions, this summer on Deer Isle, Maine, just an hour or so from my family’s home in Trenton. I did a little more research, found out it was dubbed the summer’s hottest pop-up restaurant by Forbes Magazine, and immediately started planning a way to work this into our annual summer trip to Maine.

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Before eating lunch, we spent some time walking around the charming town of Stonington, where Acadia House Provisions is located.

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The restaurant is right on the water, with a large deck area. Reservations are recommended for the tables inside (where we ate) but aren’t necessary for the patio.

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My table ordered the clam chowder…

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lobster roll…

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and lobster grilled cheese sandwich.

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I had the lobster “pot pie” which wasn’t really a pot pie at all but rather perfectly poached lobster meat topped with airy whipped potatoes and a delicious biscuit, all sitting in a lobster bisque. It was such an innovative dish and yet also so classically Maine.

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We finished the meal with an amazing blueberry streusel, topped with ginger ice cream.

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It was an incredible meal from start to finish that was well worth the journey. Lesson learned: always read the in-flight magazine!

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