Long Lake Sporting Club

Chicken Dinner | Lobster Pound | Seafood | Steak
Memorable
One of the best
Save

Maine’s Aroostook County, known to Mainers as simply “the County,” comprises practically the whole upper half of the state. It’s the biggest county east of the Mississippi River; both Connecticut and Rhode Island would fit within its boundaries. Unknown to the typical tourist, the County is wild, wooded, and absolutely wonderful to get far, far away from it all. Towns are few and sparsely settled.

Through thick forests, Long Lake materializes as an untouched sportsman’s paradise. Sinclair’s Long Lake Sporting Club on Route 162 has been wowing locals and curious folks since 1922 with large portions of hearty food and an idyllic lakeside setting.

For three generations, the supper club has been kept in the family, and the wait staff is comprised of veteran servers that we’re happy to see again when we visit the County every few years. Upon entering, we’re led to the bar area, where 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. Boats dot the lake in the summer, and snowmobiles blaze across the ice in the winter. Not long after, our waitress returns to lead us into the white-tableclothed dining room, where a piping-hot meal is waiting for us.

Pressure-fried chicken’s plump, crunchy crust envelops extremely juicy meat within. The skin is not overly spiced, but a quick dip in Long Lake’s own BBQ sauce allows the 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.

Aroostook’s proximity to Canada has caused French-Acadian culture to spread across the nearby Saint John River, and this influence is reflected by the Acadian ployes that accompany each meal, now a regional favorite throughout northernmost Maine. These chewy buckwheat pancakes are eaten plain, buttered, or even sweetened with syrup from a table pitcher.

Side dishes are amazing. A small bowl of salad—Long Lake’s spin on coleslaw—features cabbage and carrots tossed in a tangy dressing similar to the chicken BBQ sauce. French fries are oversized planks that spotlight the golden crust and creamy insides of Maine potatoes. Corn-on-the-cob and baked potatoes are also available, as are steaks, three- to five-pound lobsters, BBQ ribs, clams, and salmon.

Long Lake has convenient slips for boats and a snowmobile parking lot, and can even accommodate seaplanes.

Chris & Amy Ayers | January 19, 2009

Maine’s Aroostook County, known to Mainers as simply “the County,” comprises practically the whole upper half of the state. It’s the largest county in land area east of the Mississippi River, and one could fit both Connecticut and Rhode Island within its boundaries. Unknown to the typical tourist, the County is wild, wooded, and absolutely wonderful to get far, far away from it all. Towns are few and sparsely settled, and through the thick forests, Long Lake materializes as an untouched sportsman’s paradise. Sinclair’s Long Lake Sporting Club on Route 162 has been wowing locals and curious folks since 1922 with their large portions of hearty food and idyllic lakeside dining.

For three generations, the business has been kept in the family, and the wait staff is comprised of veteran servers that we’re happy to see again when we visit the County every few years. Upon entering, we’re led to the bar area, where 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. Boats dot the lake in the summer, and snowmobiles blaze across the ice in the winter. Not long after, our waitress returns to lead us into the white-tableclothed dining room, where our piping-hot meal is waiting for us.

The pressure-fried chicken’s plump, crunchy crust envelops the extremely juicy meat within, reminiscent of the same from the sadly departed Shingles in Tallahassee, Florida. The skin is not overly spiced, but a quick dip in Long Lake’s own BBQ sauce allows the subtle flavors to blossom for a tongue-tickling zest. The breading that covers the large shrimp and scallops does not hinder the savory taste of either seafood to shine through, and it only augments the firm, fresh texture of each morsel. Aroostook’s proximity to Canada enabled French-Acadian culture to spread across the nearby Saint John River, and this influence is represented by the Acadian ployes that accompany each meal. These chewy buckwheat pancakes are eaten plain, buttered, or even sweetened with syrup from a table pitcher.

The sides are equally amazing. A small bowl of salad—Long Lake’s spin on coleslaw—features cabbage and carrots tossed in a tangy dressing similar to the chicken BBQ sauce. The French fries are oversized planks that spotlight the golden crust and creamy insides of Maine potatoes. Corn-on-the-cob and baked potatoes are also available, as are steaks, three- to five-pound lobsters, BBQ ribs, clams, and salmon. Long Lake welcomes all boats with convenient slips, boasts a snowmobile parking lot, and can even accommodate seaplanes! At least one trip to Long Lake Sporting Club will certainly make any trip to Northern Maine more magical.

What to Eat
Long Lake Sporting Club, Pressure-Fried Chicken
Pressure-Fried Chicken
Must-Try
Oh, the crunchy crust on pressure-fried chicken!
Long Lake Sporting Club, Ployes
Ployes
Must-Try
Ployes are wonderful when buttered & dipped in syrup.
Long Lake Sporting Club, French Fries
French Fries
Must-Try
Well-salted French fries have a rugged coat.
Long Lake Sporting Club, Shrimp & Scallop Combo
Shrimp & Scallop Combo
Long Lake’s breading locks in the juices of succulent shrimp and scallops.
Long Lake Sporting Club, House Salad
House Salad
House salad mixes cabbage and carrots.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday12pm - 8pm
Monday11am - 9pm
Tuesday11am - 9pm
Wednesday11am - 9pm
Thursday11am - 9pm
Friday11am - 9pm
Saturday11am - 9pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
3 stops | 38 MILES | 50 min

Unique to northernmost Maine, the ploye is a buckwheat pancake cooked only on one side. Its underneath gets crisp while the top stays soft and develops countless little holes that can absorb plenty of butter and maple syrup or sop up gravy from a plate of pot roast. Old-time Acadian families regard them as a…

Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

Other Nearby Restaurants

  • Rock’s Family Diner

    Fort Kent, Maine

    Rock’s has been Fort Kent’s three-meal-a-day town diner since 1945 — a northern Maine destination for burgers, fries and homemade whoopie pies.

  • Rib Truck

    Fort Kent, Maine

    The Rib Truck is a mobile smoker that parks in the towns of northernmost Aroostook County in Maine and sells ribs and pulled pork, carry-away only.

  • Dolly’s

    Madawaska, Maine

    An inexpensive three-meal-a-day cafe/diner in the northernmost part of Maine, Dolly’s features ployes (the Acadian buckwheat pancake) and soulful chicken stew.

  • Doris’s Cafe

    Fort Kent, Maine

    Especially fine at Doris’s diner are superb French fries, caramel-topped apple pie, and the Acadian buckwheat cakes known as ployes. A Maine delight!