My fiancé and I brought our 87 year old grandmother here... she rarely is able to get out, and I knew that she loves a good fish fry. So do I, actually.
We went to the sit-down restaurant in Hampden, not the picnic shack nearby in Bangor. It was a sunny, fairly warm day, so most people were sitting out on the patio. (Which was very casual and protected by plastic sheeting as is common for Maine. The dining hall had somewhat nicer furnishings, but less of a view.) The young man who waited on us was wonderful - it can be a challenge to satisfy an elderly grandmother but he was very accommodating and sincere.
We each ordered the haddock plate, which can be served fried or grilled, with your choice of sides. I found the grilled haddock especially wonderful! The coating on the fried version was slightly heavy, but still delicious. Both sweet potato and regular fries were succulent and crisp - I was a little hesitant to go for the sweet potato but after tasting them probably would next time - they are equally delicious and unique. The garden salad was great, but the coleslaw average-good (not as seasoned as I personally like it - tartar sauce also very mild). The fish was all incredibly fresh and portions bountiful.
Just one note on the chowder - my fiancé sampled chowders from five different places on this trip, and it is true that this is the only version with a thin rather than thick broth. It is composed of milk and butter with large hunks of mixed seafood and mild spices. It is not thickened with flour or starch like most others, and therefore is excellent for people with gluten allergies like me. As a kid growing up in rural Maine this is how my mom made chowders, so I was really happy to find this offering!
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