MDI Lunch Report 2: Redbird Provisions, Northeast Harbor

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If you venture over to Northeast Harbor, have lunch or dinner at Redbird Provisions. I ate there twice last season, and this visit, for lunch, was just as I remembered: creative, delicious and calming. The latter is because Redbird shares space with a day spa. It’s not an inexpensive choice for lunch, but the value is high.

The menu emphasizes fresh and local foods. My foodie friend E and I shared two items, a flatbread topped with melted taleggio cheese, trumpet mushrooms and parsley and drizzled with truffle oil—comfort food with pizzazz—and a mozzarella, prosciutto, tomato and basil sandwich made on a crispy baguette that disappeared in minutes. We didn’t leave a crumb. It was so good, we were tempted to return for dinner that night.

Here’s a hint to help you justify the splurge: If you visit Northeast Harbor early in the season, shop the basement sales rooms of the clothing stores. They all but give things away, but the best deals do go quickly (Dale of Norway sweaters for $125! A full-length, fully lined, wool winter coat for $90? Unheard of, but we found them. Not gonna tell where, you’ll have to hunt and find them yourself).