10 Best Fried Food Places in Maine

One of life’s most wonderful guilty pleasures is fried food. Next time you’ve got a craving for fried clams, egg rolls, and even deep-fried mushrooms (yes!), know that options in Maine abound. From clam huts in Portland to diners in Bangor, here are the best fried food places in the state. 

Bob’s Clam Hut, Kittery and Portland, ME

For some of the best fried clams in the state, check out Bob’s Clam Hut. Open year-round (which is unusual for fried clam places!), enjoy fresh clams that Yankee Magazine named one of “The 20 Best Fried Clams in Maine.” You simply can’t go wrong by eating here.

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Nicky’s Cruisin’ Diner, Bangor, ME

Hand cut and breaded by the order, Nicky’s Cruisin’ Diner in Bangor has some of the best onion rings around. Not frozen, not battered en masse before a rush—these are cut and breaded right before they plunge inside the deep fryer. Of course, these onion rings go best with one of their milkshakes, but not everyone wants to indulge in quite that much goodness in the same meal. If you do, be sure to go for the chocolate!

Hot Suppa, Portland, ME

Southern food reigns supreme at Hot Suppa, and nowhere is fried chicken as good as in the south. Hot Suppa’s fried chicken is heartily battered and fried until crisp. Their Nashville Hot Chicken is fried as well, with the perfect amount of spice to heat things up. You can’t go wrong with either option.

Warren’s Lobster House, Kittery, ME

Guests will find some of the most delicious fried fish in the southern Maine area at Warren’s Lobster House. Add to that their fried scallops and clams, and you’ve got a fried food smorgasbord! The all-you-can-eat salad bar is the perfect accompaniment to fried seafood, and it comes with every entrée.

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Sea Dog Brewing Company, Multiple locations

You won’t find any frozen mozzarella sticks at Sea Dog Brewing Company. That’s because their deep-fried mozzarella sticks are all made by hand. Fresh mozzarella is hand cut and battered, and then deep fried until crispy on the outside and melting in the middle. Served with house marinara, they’re an appetizer to behold!

Rising Tide Restaurant & Bar, Brewer, ME

If you’ve never experienced the crispy sweetness of sweet potato fries, you have to try them for your first time at Rising Tide Restaurant & Bar. Cooked perfectly so the outside is crisp and the inside is tender, they are hot and delicious. Sweet potato fries are the perfect side order with sandwiches, burgers, fried seafood and more—all of which you may also order at Rising Tide.

Duckfat, Portland, ME

What’s better than plain fries? Fries that are deep fried in duck fat. That’s exactly what you’ll get to treat yourself with at Duckfat in Portland.  Hand cut Belgian fries are heated to a crisp in duck fat, and then are served with your choice of sauces. Choose from garlic mayo, curry mayo, truffle ketchup, horseradish mayo, Thai chili mayo, and more.

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Chopsticks, Lewiston, ME

For delicious fried wontons and egg rolls, check out Chopsticks. Enjoy the egg rolls both on the buffet or a la carte. The wontons must be ordered a la carte. The fried chicken fingers run a close second to these delicacies that are tied for first place. Chopsticks has won “Best Chinese Restaurant” by Best Surveys of America a total of 16 times.

The Black Birch, Kittery, ME

Sure, Hush Puppies are a southern gem, but the Black Birch makes them, too, and they’re likely the very best in Maine. Deep fried, and served with pimento cheese and tomato jam, they’re one of the most delightful small plates on the menu. Perfect as a starter or a mid-evening snack with cocktails. You don’t have to go below the Mason-Dixon line for Hush Puppies again!

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Two Black Dogs Country Pub, Standish, ME

Indulge in Porto Fries at Two Black Dogs Country Pub. The “porto” part comes from Portobello mushrooms. That’s right. These are deep fried mushrooms, sliced to resemble a French fry. Drizzled with white truffle oil and dusted with grated Romano cheese, these culinary delights are best enjoyed when dipped in spicy tomato jam.

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