When we first checked into our campground on Mt Desert Island, we asked about good local restaurants. The two women working at the KOA were new to the area, but said they had eaten at a place called Mainely Meat BBQ at the Atlantic Brewing Company. They said it was good, but warned us, they didn’t have seafood at all. We put on our list of places to try. But being on the Atlantic coast, near Bar Harbor, we wanted to try a lot of seafood places. So we have eaten seafood for the last couple nights. But I thought in our running around today, maybe we would try them for lunch, and that’s what we did.
We had a map showing where it was, but we missed it when we went by the first time. We expected some large signs or something. But there are some subtle little signs they say “Knox Road BBQ”, and they direct you to the Atlantic Brewery. Unless you know that Mainely Meat BBQ is at the Atlantic Brewing Company, or is on Knox Road (the ad simply said just off route 3). They have a parking lot around back.
The place smells mouth-watering great. There are only three tables inside, and a small handful outside. We sat inside, and the girl brought us menus. They had a bunch of different barbeque’d meats. We chose to get a sampler, and split it between us. The sampler came with sausage, a small chicken thigh and leg, pulled pork, and 3 small ribs all cooked and full of smoky taste. It also came with potato salad, cole slaw, and baked beans. There were bottles of sweet and spicy barbeque sauce on the table.
The baked beans were cooked with jalapeno peppers, and were very spicy. They were good if I could avoid the peppers.
The meats were all very good, but you want to make sure you get some the barbeque sauce on them, as they seemed to be cooked without any.
While not the best BBQ place I have ever eaten (Dreamland BBQ in Tuscaloosa, AL), it was still very good, basic BBQ.
I am not a beer drinker, but Atlantic Brewing Company is a micro-brewery. The have tastings and tours. The tours started at 2, and we didn’t want to wait around. As I said I am not a beer drinker. But I did try their Root Beer, and it was very good. It reminded me of A&W.
Mainely Meat BBQ is located at 15 Knox Road, Bar Harbor, ME (about 10 minutes from downtown Bar Harbor). (207) 288-9200.