In a state obsessed with whoopie and blueberry pies, you’ve probably noticed a high concentration of popovers offered on Mount Desert Island.  This dates back to 1895 when the Jordan Pond House was established. Thomas and Nellie McIntire purchased the old Jordan Homestead and began adding on rooms to accommodate diners.  Popovers were among the original dishes served.

A popover is a hollow, fluffy pastry made from an egg batter and is the Americanized version of Yorkshire pudding.  Rumor has it that Maine settlers altered the British dessert in the late 1800s (rebellion at its finest). With the Jordan Pond House serving popovers on MDI, the dish became associated with the place and other local restaurants began serving them.’

As for those intrigued by these mysterious and popular popovers, you can try them yourself at one of these locations:

Jordan Pond House:

If tradition is your thing, Jordan Pond House will serve you well.  Stop in for a fresh popover and tea and you will be participating in a 100 year old tradition.  Jordan Pond House is the only restaurant within national park walls and it is a popular spot for those who appreciate a pleasant view with their tea.

For location, hours and more information, check out their website.



Common Good Cafe (Southwest Harbor):

While continuing on your adventure don’t forget to give back to the great community of MDI.  Common Good Cafe is a non-profit charitable organization that delivers hot lunches every Thursday straight to people’s homes.  At their actual cafe, they serve popovers daily in the summer and less frequently in the winter. Come here to donate an hour of your time or a little bit of your rainy day fund and leave with the pleasure of philanthropy in your heart and a popover in your hand.  Delicious and made with love!

For location, hours and more information, check out their website.


Asticou Inn

If you’re trying to avoid the sometimes crowded Acadia area, the Asticou Inn is a great place to stop for some fresh popovers.  As a bonus, you won’t be missing out on tradition.  Why?  Because the individual who had previous run Jordan House for the past 50 years now owns and runs the Asticou Inn.  As long as you’re willing to give up a fresh water view for salt, all is well in the world of popovers.

For location, hours and more information, check out their website.

We hope you enjoy popovers while you are on MDI. And if you’ve got a secret popover spot we don’t know about, comment below!

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