Town Hill Bistro is in the town of Town Hill, not Bar Harbor so don't think you can walk there. It is about a 15 minute ride through breathtaking scenery. Of course, we were there when the leaves were turning so it was beauty everywhere we looked. This is a small restaurant with about 10 tables. It is rustic and independent and they do things their way. The customer is not always right. The service is hit or miss, or at least it was the night we were there. We split an appetizer-lobster and shrimp in a miso sauce which was excellent. Then we both had mixed green salad. I was told that I could not have my dressing on the side because the dressing was tossed with the salad. Odd. I have never had a fine dining establishment tell me that before. But as I said, they do things their way.
My companion had a pork loin sans bone with a peach glaze over it, Yukon gold potatoes and a delicious salad of peas, tomatoes, red onion and cucumber with a vinaigrette on it. The salad was the perfect accompaniment to the robust pork loin. I had Pork Shank Adobo, the special that night, with garlic mashed potatoes and same cold salad of peas etc. It was all delicious.
We decided on dessert because we did have that long drive and deserved it! My choice was the house special Tiramisu which was divine and my companion had a slice of spiced gingerbread with a caramel sauce. I let him have my whipped cream for it. He thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful. The coffee though was only so so.
I would have given Town Hill Bistro an excellent rating for the food, but the waiter was very lackadaisical and the feel in of the place was not warm and welcoming. One almost got the feeling that we were not wanted, just tolerated. Whatever its shortcomings though, the food makes it a very worthwhile and delicious place to go.
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