Monday April 21st 2014

The List: 9 sweet spots for sweet potato fries


Whether it’s a slender-cut or wide wedge of a fry, sprinkled with sugar or lightly breaded, we all seem to have a personal favorite. More likely than not, it’s the dipping sauce that really has our hearts, a fact revealed when we asked “Who’s got the best sweet potato fries?” to folks on Twitter and Facebook. Some of those responses are included below.

And while no one expects you to forgo your favorite, perhaps this list will help you find another fry you really oughta try.

  • 20120728_BarGuide2 Congress Bar & Grill 617 Congress St. Portland, ME 04101 (207) 828-9944 Get Directions

    “I love the sauce!” posted Peregrine Valerie Broadbent. Congress Bar and Grill is known for their honey mustard drizzle.

    Open daily at 11:30 am It's a cozy, laid-back bar with a friendly atmosphere that's sure to be busy before or after any State Theatre act due to that venue being a few doors down.
  • Federal Spice 225 Federal St. Portland, ME 04101 (207) 774-6404 Get Directions

    Aimsel Ponti posted Federal Spice as her favorite. “I can’t say why exactly. It just is what it is.” Perhaps it’s the yam fries’ sprinkling of salt and sugar – and excellent blend that makes the Federal Spice fries loved for the fries themselves, not a dipping sauce.

    Federal Spice is home to some of the most innovative takeout grub in Portland, from the calabaza pumpkin rice soft tacos to a chili with a Thai peanut flavor. The funky eatery on the edge of the Old Port has established a reputation for creative and tasty food. But maybe what's most remarkable is how inexpensive these eclectic dishes are - and how good the homemade tortilla chips and sweet potato fries are.
  • grittysportland Gritty McDuff's Portland 396 Fore St. Portland, ME 04101 (207) 772-2739 Get Directions

    Brittany Bugaj wasn’t shy about her favorite sweet potato suppliers: “GRITTYS!!! With the chipolte mayo,” she posted.

    Open 5 pm-1 am seven days a week Gritty's Portland location is in the heart of the primest of prime nightlife real estate. It's a no-frills place with a few TVs showing sports, but it's not a sports bar. However, there are some cool views of both Wharf and Free Streets, good for people watching.
  • 20090324_Sillys002 Silly's Restaurant 40 Washington Ave. Portland, ME 04101 (207) 772-0360 Get Directions

    Silly’s hand-cut sweet potato fries are served with house honey mustard and can be gluten free. The sauce is a hit for Jennifer Goss: “Love the dipping sauce!”

    Silly's is a funky, colorful place with a creative, eclectic menu, located at the base of Munjoy Hill in the city's East End. The Abdullah Wraps are over-stuffed wraps with names like Inner Peace (spinach, cheese, scallions, smoked pulled pork and barbecue sauce) and the Diesel (American cheese, coleslaw, pickle, chips, smoked pulled pork and barbecue sauce.) Dinners, burgers and pizzas are equally creative. One pizza has Thai peanut sauce and chicken. The milkshakes are a specialty too, including an "Elvis" with peanut butter and banana.
  • poboys_100610 Po' Boys & Pickles 1124 Forest Ave. Portland, ME 04101 (207) 518-9735 Get Directions

    “Po’ Boys & Pickles hands down! Authentic Louisiana ingredients,” posted Steven Webb. “Taste like the ones maw use to make, taste like home :D ” ‘Nuff said!

    The linoleum isn't worn, the framed photographs of New Orleans aren't faded, and there's no trombone or trumpet player getting folks dancing and leading them out into the street for an impromptu second line parade. But Po'Boys & Pickles serves up the real stuff nonetheless and it's all so good.
  • 20120621_EatNRun Fat Boy Drive-In 111 Bath Road (Route 24) Brunswick, ME 04011 (207) 729-9431 Get Directions

    Maple syrup ain’t just for pancakes at Fat Boys in Brunswick. Terry Donald digs it as a sweet potato fry sauce: “Hot, crispy, krinkle cut, served with warm maple syrup!”

    It's hard to find a better-preserved piece of food Americana than Fat Boy Drive-In. Or a cheaper one. The food is classic drive-in fare, priced really low. A regular hamburger is just $1.65. The signs look old-fashioned too. Nothing glitzy, just a straightforward "FAT BOY" in black letters.
  • bayside_mitchell_570 Bayside Bowl 58 Alder St. Portland, ME 04101 (207) 791-2695 Get Directions

    There’s nothing dainty about the monster sweet potato fries at Bayside Bowl. They’re fat “thick-cut” fries, and they’re deliciously served with honey mustard.

    Open 4 pm-1 am Mon & Tue, noon-1 am Wed bowling (obviously), a great stage for musical performances, a huge projection screen for big games, picnic tables for family-style eating, cool shoes you can rent, and hours of live bowling/people watching entertainment.
  • sonnys_bar_570 Sonny's 83 Exchange St. Portland, ME 04101 (207) 772-7774 Get Directions

    Sonny’s sweet potato fries are one of those “if you go, you gotta get those” menu items. There’s something magical about the poblano cream cheese the fries are served with. Eat it and prepare to rave about it.

    Open 7 days a week, serving lunch 11:30 am-2 pm; dinner 5:30 pm-10 pm; bar open until 1 pm A large bar invites you for a cocktail with a special touch, the back room beckons for privacy and a few small sitting areas offer the chance to relax next to the tall windows. Chances are you have already heard the raves on the Yam fries.
  • sebago2_tables_570 Sebago Brewing Company 211 Fore St. Portland, ME 04101 Get Directions

    Cut like steak fries, the sweet potato fry served at Sebago Brewing Company comes with a stellar sweet cream dipping sauce. They’re also served in a cool metal basket that gives them a “sweet potato fry in space” appeal.

    4-8 pm Tues A top example of the melting pot that is Portland, with city dwellers, business folks, tourists, locals and beer lovers in view at any time on any day. And unlike other brewpubs that offer only beer, house wine and well drinks, Sebago Brewing Company also has a vast specialty cocktail menu. They also offer a late-night menu.