Thinking outside the bun: Off Island Eateries



On our quest to find off the beaten path and unusual lunch spots away from Deer Isle (see our previous blog post for fun lunch ideas on Deer Isle), we knew we came to the right place when we saw Linda Greenlaw’s boat tied up to the dock at Perry’s Lobster Shack on Newbury Neck in Surry. Over the years we heard tales of someone cooking lobster on a dock not far from Blue Hill, but never really had enough information to find it, as they do little to no online marketing.  But this year while cycling past Perry’s by accident, we knew we had to return to this classic Maine lobster pound (something that is sadly lacking in Deer Isle/Stonington given its status as a major lobster port in the State).  The owner, Bev Long told us that even people in Surry and surrounding towns are finding them for the first time, despite the fact that they’ve been serving up lobster on their dock for thirteen years.  While traveling to Perry’s is a bit of a commitment (it’s a 40-minute
drive from Pilgrim’s Inn ), the ride is scenic and the experience worth
it if the weather is nice. Perry’s is open from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pmevery day from mid-June to  Columbus Day.

The menu features — you guessed it, steamed lobster, plus lobster and crab rolls, steamers, mussels and blueberry pie with local Morton’s Moo ice cream — oh, and winkles and dried fish!  The small building on the road just past a swimming beach houses the kitchen and lobster tanks, while lunch is served at picnic tables on the dock with large umbrellas to shield out the sun.  Bev will reserve a picnic table for six or more people, cash and checks are accepted (no credit cards) and it’s BYOB.  After lunch, be sure to take a drive down the rest of Newbury Neck for some of the best views of Acadia National Park we’ve ever seen from across the water.  Perry’s Lobster Shack, 1076 Newbury Neck Rd., Surry, ME 207-667-1955

On the way back to Deer Isle from Blue Hill on route 15, just past the top of Caterpillar Hill is the Millbrook Company, a roadside spot with a “truckers welcome” sign on the side. Millbrook is a combination bakery, restaurant and ice cream stop. You can eat indoors, or out in the large gazebo overlooking the landscape from the hill.  Formerly in the location of “Milton’s Dream” Millbrook offers a small but creative lunch menu featuring a marinated tempeh reuben, a charbroiled burger on ciabatta roll,  grilled chicken sandwich, veggie quesadilla and a cobb salad.

You’ll also find fresh squeezed juices and smoothies, like “root juice” with carrot, ginger, beets and apples, a green smoothie with spinach, apples, and blueberries.  All of the baked goods and breads are made in-house by owner Jill Smith and her staff.  Millbrook is open Thursday – Monday from 7:30 am -8 pm.  160 Snows Cove Rd., Sedgwick (route 15)

Just a mile or two down the road towards Deer Isle, a lunch option that has both food and fun is Tasha’s at the Pine Ridge Golf Center on Caterpillar Hill Road in Sedgwick about 15 minutes from Pilgrim’s Inn.  Surrounded by an 18 hole mini golf course, Tasha’s is a great place to take the family for a few hours of fun, or to relax and eat lunch after hitting a bucket of golf balls on the 250-yard driving range. Even if golf is not your thing, take a trip to Tasha’s for the food, you’ll be glad you did.

Owner Tasha Allen can be found behind the grill most days, cooking up creative sandwiches like the Double Bogey, a bacon cheeseburger with pulled pork and coleslaw, and the Wolfman sub, a decadent combination of chicken tenders and a cheese steak.  The bacon wrapped hot dog looks delicious and you’ll also find tasty Maine lobster rolls and lobster salads.  Seating is outside in a gazebo or inside in a cozy dining room.  Tasha’s is open from Tues – Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm.
232 Caterpillar Hill Rd., Sedgwick

Just over the Deer Isle – Sedgwick bridge, a few miles down the road from Tasha’s and less than 15 minutes from the Inn is El El Frijoles (a good-natured reference to Maine’s famous LL Bean) in Sargentville, where husband and wife team Michelle Levesque and Michael Rossney serve up Mexican-inspired  cuisine using high quality local and mostly organic ingredients in their converted barn in Sargentville.  Nine seats inside, outdoor seating on picnic tables and a screened-in porch make the experience casual, fun and funky.

The menu features classic Mexican items like burritos, tacos, and quesadillas made with local ingredients and offered at various degrees of spiciness.  The spicy lobster burrito is a uniquely Maine creation, and vegan options plus a PB& J quesadilla for kids makes the menu accessible for many. Numerous house-made salsas add additional flavor and spiciness. El Frijoles is located at 41 Caterpillar Hill Rd in Sargentville and is open from Wednesday – Sunday, from 11 am to 8 pm.


Twenty minutes from the Inn in the opposite direction is Bucks Harbor Market in Brooksville.   Stop on in and get generously-sized sandwiches, pasta or potato salads, house-smoke meats, olives and other deli items with prices that are easy on the pocket book.  You can sit outside the market on the few tables on the porch, or take them with you and continue down 176 about 2.5 miles to the Town Landing Road on the left where there are picnic tables and great views of Castine. Bucks Harbor Market is in the heart of Bucks Harbor, at 6 Cornfield Hill Rd, in Brooksville, and is open seven days a week until 6 pm.

Another “must do” lunch experience off the island is Bagaduce Lunch, which has received lots of press over the years and even a James Beard American Classics award, but has never lost its down home charm since it first opened in 1946.  This classic roadside clam shack has some of the best fried clams and scallops in the area, lobster rolls, fried fish sandwiches, and home-made pies served from their take out window.  Picnic tables dot the landscape down to a tidal river, near the reversing falls in Penobscot. Bagaduce Lunch is located at 145 Franks Flat, Penobscot, and is open every day from 11 am to 7 pm (except Wednesdays when it closes at 3 pm).