The communities of the Schoodic Peninsula and Downeast Acadia are full of diverse culture and places to explore. While quiet in the offseason, the region springs to life with shopping, dining, and outdoor activities. Among these communities lies Birch Harbor, a small fishing village that is part of the town of Gouldsboro. Known for its stunning ocean views and vibrant fishing community, Birch Harbor is also home to some great eats. Here are the best places to eat in Birch Harbor Maine.
Best Places to Eat in Birch Harbor Maine
The Pickled Wrinkle is a culinary staple in the Schoodic region. Open year-round, this popular restaurant has burgers, fresh seafood, chowder, one of the best selections of craft beer on tap on the entire peninsula AND, of course, their namesake “pickled wrinkles.” For those that don’t know, a pickled wrinkle is a Downeast delicacy. These sea snails are caught, pickled, and marketed locally. Learn the whole history of pickled wrinkles. The Pickled Wrinkle menu also has wings, flatbread pizza, sliders, buffalo shrimp and more.
In addition to being one of the best places to eat in Birch Harbor Maine, The Pickled Wrinkle also has live music and entertainment including live jazz on Thursdays and Pub Trivia Night on Saturdays, they even host karaoke nights.
Just next door from The Pickled Wrinkle is Me and Ben’s Dairy Creme, a delicious stop on a hot summer day. This local ice cream take out offers a wide variety of items including: 4 flavors of soft serve, Giffords Hard Ice Cream, shakes, floats, sundaes, banana boats, and more.
If you’re just wrapping up a day in the Schoodic Section of Acadia National Park, the Schoodic Loop Road brings you right back into Birch Harbor at the intersection where you’ll find both The Pickled Wrinkle as well as Me and Ben’s Dairy Creme. Plan to stop here for the best places to eat in Birch Harbor Maine.
Bonus: Across the street from both of these establishments is Mc’s Marketplace, a local gas station and small grocery store where you can pick up everything you need for camping food and beverages for your stay at Acadia East Campground near Acadia National Park and the Schoodic Peninsula.