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Char

Acadia Nat'l Park (me)

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Hi all,

I'm going to Acadia National Park in about a month (staying in Bar Harbor), and was hoping that someone might have some tips of where to go for gluten-free food, either delis etc that would be willing to use gluten-free bread for sandwiches, or restaurants. I've seen some of the posts about Bangor, ME, but I'm hoping that there are some places that are a little bit closer!

Also, are there any "hidden gluten" issues with broiled or steamed lobster?

FYI, the B&B we're staying at says that they can provide a gluten-free breakfast -- I'll post their name if they're good!

Thanks!

-Char

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I think there is a health food/co-op type store in downtown Bar Harbor, right across the street from the square/park in the middle of town. It is called the Alternative Market.

Here is some info:

http://www.organicconsumers.org/linkpage.cfm?memid=5468

Maybe you can call them and see what they have to offer. I never went in there because I wasn't diagnosed when I was there last summer. Good luck and let us know what you find.

Acadia is beautiful and there is so much to do!

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Thanks, NWLAX36Mom! I called the store, and they say that they have a lot of gluten-free options.

If lobster is simply boiled (as it should be) for 18 minutes (as it should be) it should be fine. Sorry I can't help with the restaurants, though. My husband was a lobsterman, my brother is a lobsterman and now my son is a lobsterman- eating boiled lobster is just fine! Good luck!

lisa

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There are a couple restaurants in Bar Harbor that I LOVE!

1. Havana is a Cuban restaurant. . .VERY YUMMY. Speak to someone before you go or even just when you get there. Never had a bad meal and the bartender makes the most delicious mojitos.

2. Eden cafe is also delicious and very accommodating.

The above places are only open for dinner. Grab your lobster for lunch then go to one of the above places for din din.

The health food store is great & there are 2 thai food places for rice & rice noodles.

HAVE FUN! I can't wait to get up there.

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oops. . .sorry. I repeated myself, I should have checked the links the previous posted copied!

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This was the most awesome place: http://www.maggiesbarharbor.com/index.html

The owner's son has celiac, so they're very aware of what's necessary and which menu items are OK. It's dinner only, and you have to make a reservation because they fill up fast.

2cats cafe was also very accomodating, and I ate there twice last summer for brunch with no ill effects :)

-Em

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The B&B we stayed at (which is a bit quirky but nice -- the owners like things very precisely, and it's a bit like staying with a friend's parents or grandparents) was able to make fabulous breakfasts that were gluten-free, and even let us pre-order a gluten-free cake! I would suggest contacting them way in advance, when you make your reservation, but the food is really fantastic, and the owners are very precise about food allergies. They even put out separate corn crackers for me, and labeled them! The name of the B&B is the Graycote Inn, website: http://www.graycoteinn.com

We went to Havana, but I wasn't very impressed -- it felt a bit like they were trying too hard, and even though we asked if they could do gluten-free when we made the reservation, they were a bit flusterd. Better was McKay's Public House -- not just the gluten-free experience, but also the food. We called the day before to make reservations, and the host knew without my even telling him again that I was allergic to gluten. He knew what items on the menu were naturally gluten-free (and which could be modified), and he told the waitress about the allergy too! (I had duck -- yummy)

-Char

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Yes- McKay's Public House! I poked around trying to find the name and couldn't find it, but they were fabulous as well. I think I had duck there too, Char :)

I ate there 3 times during the week I was in Bar Harbor, and everything we ordered was excellent. Even all of the appetizers ordered by our table came with gluten-containing garnishes on the side (on separate plates), without asking. They also had a wonderful gluten-free chocolate dessert and possibly a home-made blueberry sorbet (that may have been at Maggie's though).

-Em

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