If you find yourself on Mt. Desert Island, be sure to stop by the Common Good Cafe in Southwest Harbor for breakfast. Sure, there are a bazillion highly-rated breakfast spots in Bar Harbor, but the Common Good Cafe is unique. I met a local fellow one sunset who told me about it, and I was so glad I stopped by
It’s a soup kitchen, and they offer a donation-based breakfast to the community – tourists included – every day of the week. And they serve unlimited popovers, which, I’ve discovered, are a huge deal in this part of the country. (And after trying them, I can see why.) They have local blueberry jam, peanut butter, cinnamon butter, maple butter, and honey to top the popovers with, as well as oatmeal (with a variety of toppings,) tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and fruit juices. Guests can eat on their colorful patio and watch a lazy Southwest Harbor morning unfold.
After my 4:45am start in 45-degree weather on top of Cadillac Mountain, those steaming popovers were about the best thing I’d ever tasted, and I had some great conversations with the volunteers and other breakfast-ers to go along with it – a couple tourists, the head of a local construction company, a few local seniors and their dogs – it draws a fun, random crowd. I was there on a Monday morning and it was pretty quiet, but apparently that colorful patio is jam packed every Sunday morning.
Visit Common Good Cafe
Address: 19 Clark Point Rd, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-4415
Hours: 7:30 – 11:30 am