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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods


In Skowhegan, Maine there's a family restaurant that serves some of the best food in the state!  It's called Ken's and is owned by Randy Dionne and his wife Monique.  Ken's Family Restaurant was originally started by his dad, but the legacy is safe in the hands of Randy and Monique.  The picture below show's Randy and Monique in the center with their sons Darren and Nathen on each side.  It's not a new photo; the boys are now college age.



Randy does much of the cooking and supervises the kitchen, while Monique manages the wait staff, serves as hostess when she can, and performs many other tasks that help make the place a success.  Besides her work in the family business, Monique is an avid biker and has for many years taken part in the Trek Across Maine, a 3-day, 175-mile across Maine and has raised thousands of dollars for the American Lung Association of Maine.

 Getting back to the Restaurant, home cooking is their specialty, and they do it up right!  The menu is varied.  You can browse the burgers, sample the seafood, chow down on the chicken, or drool over the desserts.  There's something there for everyone and it's all good!


On our last visit I had the boneless fried chicken, which is one of their specialties.  It comes with coleslaw and fries, but I elected to substitute salad for fries.  Unfortunately, I started to munch on the salad before I remembered to photograph it!

                                                                    Salad
                                 Boneless fried chicken, coleslaw and cranberry sauce. 

My brother decided to try their double cheeseburger.  It comes with two patties covered with melted cheese side by side on a sub roll,  with your choice of fries or onion rings.  He opted for the onion rings, as you can see, an excellent choice. 


 The amazing thing is their fried foods are not the least bit greasy!  They are crisp and tasty without a hint of fat.  Monique says the secret is they use fresh oil everyday.  (whoops, I hope I wasn't supposed to keep that to myself!)


Hubby went for the broiled haddock, topped with a little butter and breadcrumbs, accompanied by REAL mashed potatoes and turnip.  (I apologize that the small loaves of dark bread served with all meals were gobbled up before I could catch a photo!)


I have a sister who lives in Skowhegan, and everytime I visit her, I have to eat at Ken's.  The visit previous to this, I wanted to keep lunch light, as we had eaten a big breakfast.  I ordered the chicken salad plate and was not disappointed.  They also have a delicious fancy fried chicken, which we have taken home with us more than once.


This is fair week in Skowhegan, and every year, Ken's has a booth at the Skowhegan State Fair.  Those onion rings , boneless fried chicken, and fried clams are popular with the fair goers!  If you ever make it to Skowhegan, you absolutely have to stop at Ken's.  It's heaven for your tummy!
 
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25 comments:

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Yep, fresh oil makes all the difference with deep frying.

This certainly sounds like my kind of place for sure! Thanks for the yummy tour.

Kristina P. said...

You are making me hungry!

Cathy said...

Looks all rather tasty. Thanks for sharing, and Happy Sunday.

Annie said...

I love learning of good local places to eat. Mom and Pops are the best. If I'm ever in Maine, I will remember this. Calories be durned.

Raymonde said...

Oh, Eva, I am still in my pyjams, I have just had breakfast and now I am drooling over your post. It all sounds so yummy.

Have a beautiful Sunday. xxx

BLOGitse said...

Great you had a good time!
Happy SIMC from Casa!

Tara R. said...

The portions are huge! That's what I like about 'homecooking' restaurants. The food is almost always great and there's lots of it.

mimbles said...

Oh YUM! That fried chicken does look good!

My name is PJ. said...

The food looks great, but anyone who raises thousands of dollars for charity would make me want to support their restaurant whether the food was great or not!

Charlene said...

Great review! :-) One of the best parts of living in New England are all these little family restaurants. Definitely makes me want to go out for some good grub!

Brian Miller said...

mmm...i wanna go to the fair now! looks good...and puts my pimento cheese sandwich to shame...

Jen said...

One thing I especially like about Ken's....no matter if it's been years since returning, [ I don't know how that is possible] that meal, whatever it was, will taste the same......they are consistant!
Good job, Sis......

Sally said...

My first visit - I'm here from SITS and I have to say now I'm very hungry; I don't think raisin bran is gonna do the trick.

You have a nice blog, and I'll be back. Have a blessed Sunday!

DJan said...

I just finished an egg and cheese scramble, thank goodness, or I would be drooling on my keyboard, which is very bad for the innards! You have the most scrumptious looking breakfasts on here, Eva.

Eva Gallant said...

Jen: You're right. Every time we have eaten there, the food is just as good as we remembered. There's no letdown!

Blogitse: We did have a great meal.

Cathy: Happy Sunday to you too.

Debbie said...

Looks delish!! I am not sure I have ever been to Skowhegan Eva! Shame on me but thanks for sharing. There are many places I need to check out in Maine!

Unknown Mami said...

I think I would really enjoy that boneless fried chicken.

Reeni said...

What a real gem of a place! You should e-mail Guy Fieri and have him go there for his show. It looks like just the sort of place that deserves to be on there.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Fried chicken!!! Count me in. This looks like my kind of place!
Happy SIMC,
jj

Eva Gallant said...

Debbie: Take a ride to Skowhegan sometime and try the restaurant. You'll love it!

Tam said...

Rackin' up those places to eat when I get to Maine one day! YUM!!

Tam said...

Rackin' up those places to eat when I get to Maine one day! YUM!!

Helene said...

How funny that you mentioned that the food isn't greasy at all because that's the first thing that crossed my mind after seeing the pics of the boneless fried chicken and the onion rings on the double burger!!! Everything looks so good!!!!!!!

gaelikaa said...

Fabulous food. Lucky you. Great post, Eva. I did this meme too this week.

Pat said...

Sounds like a great place! That boneless chicken looks delish, as does the onion rings! Yum!