Rock’s Family Diner

Diner | Hamburgers | Small Town Café
Worth a detour

A St. John River Valley beacon since 1945, Rock’s is Fort Kent’s go-to place for three meals a day. Take-out is popular; if you plan to eat here, service is eat-in-the-rough. Walk in, study the wall menu, place your order and pay. Then find a seat at table or booth or one of the communal counters. In a short while, out comes a member of the staff with your cheeseburger, chili dog, sandwich, or hot-lunch plate.

The burgers are ingenuous short-order patties that get squished hard on the grill; but they are fatty enough to be full-flavored and juicy. A single is fine, but if you’ve got a big meat craving, go for a double. Cheese, bacon, and pizza sauce are possible toppings. On the side of any meal, fried potatoes are a must. Seven versions are available: jo-jo’s, curly fries, plain fries, fries topped with gravy, hamburger or Italian sauce, or as a classic mix (aka poutine): potatoes heaped with mozzarella cheese and dark brown gravy.

A case up front and the counter are arrayed with all kinds of kitschy, made-here desserts, including turtle cheesecake, Rice Krispie concoctions, and an array of oversized cookies.

What to Eat
Rock’s Family Diner, Cheeseburger
Burgers come in baskets, but orders of French fries arrive on separate plates because they are too large to fit. This cheeseburger with the works perfectly scratched my itch for a straightforward short-order burger.
Rock’s Family Diner, Fry Mix
Fry Mix
A small fry mix is a large serving of excellent fried potatoes topped with cheese and gravy. The cheese adds richness, but not a lot of flavor.
Rock’s Family Diner, Pot Roast
Pot Roast
International Boundary cuisine: pot roast and a ploye
Rock’s Family Diner, Spice Cake
Spice Cake
Most of Rock's desserts are over-the-top, sweet-tooth extravaganzas. This simple block of spice cake wasn't hyperbolic, but it sure was good.
Directions and Hours
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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