Memorable | One of the Best
Long Lake Sporting Club | Northern Maine’s Unique Ployes
Review by: ayersian
Way Up North
Aroostook County, known to Mainers as simply “the County,” comprises practically the whole upper half of the state. You won’t find a bigger county east of the Mississippi River. Both Connecticut and Rhode Island could fit within its boundaries. Unknown to the typical tourist, the County offers a wild, wooded, wonderful away-from-it-all feeling. Towns are few and sparsely settled. We make the trip to find northern Maine’s unique ployes.
Through thick forests, Long Lake materializes as an untouched sportsman’s paradise. Boats dot the lake in the summer, and snowmobiles blaze across the ice in the winter. Sinclair’s Long Lake Sporting Club on Route 162 has been wowing locals and curious folks since 1922. They come for large portions of hearty food as well as its idyllic lakeside setting.
The Dinner Ritual
The same family has run the supper club for three generations. The waitstaff is comprised of veteran servers whom we’re happy to see again when we visit the County every few years. When we enter, they lead us to the bar. Here, a waitress takes our drink and dinner order. “Help yourself to a basket of popcorn,” she says, pointing to the movie-theater popcorn machine across the room. Our waitress soon returns to lead us into the white-tableclothed dining room. A piping-hot meal awaits.
Taste of Maine
Pressure-fried chicken’s plump, crunchy crust envelops extremely juicy meat within. A quick dip in Long Lake’s own BBQ sauce allows its subtle flavors to blossom with tongue-tickling zest. Breading that covers the large shrimp and scallops does not prevent the savory taste of either seafood from shining through. It augments the firm, fresh texture of each morsel.
You can taste Aroostook’s French-Acadian culture in northern Maine’s unique ployes. They accompany each meal. Eat these chewy buckwheat pancakes plain, buttered, or even sweetened with syrup from a table pitcher.
A small bowl of salad—Long Lake’s spin on coleslaw—features cabbage and carrots tossed in a tangy dressing similar to the house BBQ sauce. French fries come as oversized planks that spotlight the golden crust and creamy insides of Maine potatoes. Or choose corn-on-the-cob or baked potatoes. Other main course choices include steak, big lobsters, ribs, clams, and salmon.
Long Lake has convenient slips for boats and a snowmobile parking lot, and can even accommodate seaplanes.
Directions & Hours
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|