Dolphin Chowder House & Marina
Hidden far off the beaten path—at the end of a country road in South Harpswell, this family-run marina-side restaurant may appear nondescript, but its fish chowder is a well-guarded local secret. The creamy haddock-laden soup has long had lobstermen’s nets in a twist, and since the restaurant opened in 1972, more than a few locals have learned to speak of the unusually rich, smoky soup in hushed tones—in fear that too many visitors “from away” will ruin a good thing. The chowder (as well as a respectable lobster stew) comes with wonderful home-baked muffins made with small tart Maine blueberries. The simple menu also includes standard dockside fare like rolls and fried scallops—but with chowder this good, why bother?And the best part: there’s not a tourist in sight.
Directions: From the intersection of Mountain Road, head south on Route 123 for 5.5. miles. Take a right onto Ash Point Road, then another right onto Basin Point Road. Go two miles to land’s end.