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Rock's Family Diner

378 W. Main St., Fort Kent, ME - (207) 834-2888
Posted By Michael Stern on 8/13/2009 9:28:00 AM
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 very 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, $1.75 buys an extra patty. 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 a wide array of oversized cookies.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
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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.
"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."
Michael Stern





A small fry mix is a large serving of excellent fried potatoes topped with cheese and gravy. The cheese adds much richness, but not a lot of flavor.
"A small fry mix is a large serving of excellent fried potatoes topped with cheese and gravy. The cheese adds much richness, but not a lot of flavor."
Michael Stern


Rock's is the sort of town cafe where the staff knows all the regulars and the regulars become part of a large, extended family. This memorial was located at the end of one of Rock's communal counters.
"Rock's is the sort of town cafe where the staff knows all the regulars and the regulars become part of a large, extended family. This memorial was located at the end of one of Rock's communal counters."
Michael Stern


Upon entering Rock's, you place your order and pay. Find a seat; the staff will find you and bring the food when it is ready.
"Upon entering Rock's, you place your order and pay. Find a seat; the staff will find you and bring the food when it is ready."
Michael Stern


Most of Rock's desserts are over-the-top, sweet-tooth extravaganzas. This simple block of spice cake wasn't at all hyperbolic, but it sure was good.
"Most of Rock's desserts are over-the-top, sweet-tooth extravaganzas. This simple block of spice cake wasn't at all hyperbolic, but it sure was good."
Michael Stern


Where the locals eat!
"Where the locals eat!"
Michael Stern



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