Bar Harbor, Maine - 2 Cats and Epi Subs
Well, we went to Bar Harbor, Maine this past weekend. We were up on business, in a weird sort of way. Anyhow, we had dinner the first night at the Epi. This is a sub shop/pizza joint in downtown Bar Harbor, down on Cottage Street, almost at the corner of Cottage and Main. It's been there for quite a while, at least from the mid-80s. I've been going there since then, at any rate.
We both had Epi Specials. These are italian sandwiches with the usual Maine italian cold cuts and veggies. However, the secret to the Epi Special is the sweet sauce. You have to ask for sweet sauce, it's yummy.
The place changes hands recently, and I find that they are using way too many veggies now, but while the sub is messier to eat, it's still good. Overall, I'd give the Epi a 7 out of 10 for food.
Just a warning to anyone going to Epi and expecting a "real" italian: Epi serves "Maine Italians." One difference is that a Maine Italian is an italian sandwich with the coldcuts, cheese, and veggies more on top of the bread instead of inside it. I prefer Boston or New York Italian sandwiches to Maine Italian sandwiches, but for Maine Italians, Epis are pretty good. I'd give Epi a 6 of 10, detracting mostly for the fact that all the veggies fall off when you take the first bite.
The next morning we breakfasted at 2 Cats on Cottage Street. It's a little funky bed and breakfast place. It offers great coffee (fancy coffee, along with regular joe), and handsqueezed OJ. We've been going there for years. They also do lunch & dinner, as well.
I ordered the salmon, cream cheese, and caper omelette. The omelette comes with home fries and the famous biscuit with strawberry butter. The omelette was perfect - the eggs were neither under nor overcooked and were just the right mix of fluffy and firm. The cream cheese was perfectly melted onto the smoked salmon, and there were the right amount of capers - not so many to overwhelm the cream cheese and salmon but enough to complement the smoked salmon flavor. The home fries were also excellent. They were spicy but not hot - very flavorful. The potatoes were fresh and not overfried. In short, excellent.
And my breakfast was the Ho Hum - two eggs prepped the way you like them, spicy home fries (not hot, though!), and a biscuit with strawberry butter. Zoe didn't fill you in on the biscuits. Let me elaborate.
They are incredible. They are very large, and flaky, and yummy. Probably the world's most perfect biscuit. They are better than Grandma's and she had damn good biscuits. The butter is the best complement to them - whipped strawberry flavored butter. These are God's biscuits.
I'd give 2 Cats a 9 out of 10 for food, and a 6 out of 10 for decor/surroundings (small tables, tough to get around).
I'd give 2 Cats a perfect 10 for food - and for atmosphere, I'd give it an 8. In short, if you're staying in Bar Harbor, you shouldn't miss 2 Cats for breakfast.