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Long Lake Sporting Club

48 Sinclair Road, Sinclair, ME - (207) 543-7584
Posted By Michael Stern on 5/2/2014 5:21:00 AM
Accessible by snowmobile from Trail 96, by boat or seaplane on Long Lake, or by car when Sinclair Road is plowed, the Long Lake Sporting Club is a year-around north woods supper club that specializes in such splurge meals as prime rib, shrimp, salmon and lobster as well as what place mats tout as "legendary barbecued ribs." Customers come early and have cocktails at bare tables in the spacious bar. When the kitchen is ready to serve supper, each party is escorted to a table in the nearby dining room.

The entrée for which the restaurant is best known is chicken that gets pressure fried to develop an extraordinarily toasty crust that shores in massive amounts of juice. All meals come with ployes that arrive by the stack: ultrathin versions of the buckwheat crepes that are traditional farmhouse food in the region. They arrive with butter, a pitcher of syrup and an extra plate in which a pool of syrup should be poured. Peel one off the top of the stack, butter it, roll it into a tube, and dip it, bite by bite, into syrup as a companion for supper. Long Lake's ritual dinner also includes finely chopped salad bathed in a curious spicy tomato dressing and really good, pride-of-Maine French fried potatoes.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
French Fries
Ployes
Pressure-Fried Chicken
House Salad
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Can you feel the crunch of the crust on this pressure-fried chicken? The cup at the left holds spicy dipping sauce that's good but, IMO, detracts from pure chicken succulence.
"Can you feel the crunch of the crust on this pressure-fried chicken? The cup at the left holds spicy dipping sauce that's good but, IMO, detracts from pure chicken succulence."
Michael Stern





During a recent ploye-eating expedition around the northern reaches of Aroostook County, I liked Long Lake's best. They are elegant with a farmy buckwheat flavor: ideal mopping tools for chicken juice on the plate and especially wonderful when buttered and dipped in a pool of syrup.
"During a recent ploye-eating expedition around the northern reaches of Aroostook County, I liked Long Lake's best. They are elegant with a farmy buckwheat flavor: ideal mopping tools for chicken juice on the plate and especially wonderful when buttered and dipped in a pool of syrup."
Michael Stern


Long Lake’s special breading locks in the juices of these succulent shrimps and scallops.
"Long Lake’s special breading locks in the juices of these succulent shrimps and scallops."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Crunchy and juicy are mere stepping stones in describing the fried chicken, and the tangy homemade BBQ sauce on the side sets it apart from any chicken in New England.
"Crunchy and juicy are mere stepping stones in describing the fried chicken, and the tangy homemade BBQ sauce on the side sets it apart from any chicken in New England."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Aroostook County is potato country, and these huge, crunchy planks accentuate the true creaminess of Maine potatoes.
"Aroostook County is potato country, and these huge, crunchy planks accentuate the true creaminess of Maine potatoes."
Chris & Amy Ayers


The house salad mixes cabbage and carrots with their savory housemade dressing.
"The house salad mixes cabbage and carrots with their savory housemade dressing."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Boats reign during the summer, but when Long Lake freezes in winter, only the ghostly trails of snowmobile headlights can be seen across the ice at night.
"Boats reign during the summer, but when Long Lake freezes in winter, only the ghostly trails of snowmobile headlights can be seen across the ice at night."
Chris & Amy Ayers


The wonderful Acadian ployes have plenteous nooks and crannies that soak up butter, syrup, or meat juices sopped up from your plate.
"The wonderful Acadian ployes have plenteous nooks and crannies that soak up butter, syrup, or meat juices sopped up from your plate."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Long Lake Sporting Club welcomes cars, boats, snowmobiles, and even seaplanes.
"Long Lake Sporting Club welcomes cars, boats, snowmobiles, and even seaplanes."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Well-salted French fries have a tough coat, inside of which is a fluffy puff of pure potato.
"Well-salted French fries have a tough coat, inside of which is a fluffy puff of pure potato."
Michael Stern


There is plenty of parking in the broad lot outside of the Long Lake Sporting Club, making it a handy stop if you are hauling a boat or horse trailer.
"There is plenty of parking in the broad lot outside of the Long Lake Sporting Club, making it a handy stop if you are hauling a boat or horse trailer."
Michael Stern



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