Lunch at Duckfat

After a gorgeous tour of Casco Bay, it was time for lunch. I headed to Duckfat located on Middle Street near my hotel. The independently and locally owned sandwich shop is known for their Belgian-style fries, signature paninis, and decadent milkshakes.

The place is small and there was a long wait, but I was immediately shown to a seat at the end of the counter. Solo dining pays off once again!

It was a warm sunny day and I had to have a cold local beer, so I ordered the Liquid Riot IPAwesome Vol. X. I also saw their all natural craft sodas on the menu and decided to try the Ginger Zinger made with Maine grown ginger, lemon zest, and a touch of red pepper. Very nice.

I had to try their famous hand-cut Belgian Fries made with Maine potatoes and fried in duck fat. They’re simply tossed in seasoning salt and served in a paper cone. They have delicious homemade dipping sauce to go along with them as well. These fries were the inspiration and reason for opening Duckfat.

Duckfat Fries

I had the small order of fries and easily could have gotten a large. I couldn’t decide which dipping sauce to get so I went with their Flight of Sauces where you get all five. Best decision ever. The fries were incredibly hot, crispy, and perfectly seasoned. The sauces were great too. I really liked the truffle ketchup, curry mayo, and horseradish mayo.

I also had to try a panini. The Overnight Duck Confit panini may be their #1 seller, but I went with the Slow Roasted Pulled Pork Cubano made Swiss cheese, mustard pickles, and garlic-mustard mayo. The bread is baked daily by Sorella’s Bakehouse. Yummmmm!

A craft soda, the incredible fries, tasty dipping sauces, and awesome panini sandwich – what a lunch!

Duckfat Portland

I was plenty full, but could not leave without trying “The Original” Duckfat Milkshake!

Duckfat Milkshake

Oh man, the milkshake was excellent! It’s made with vanilla gelato with crΓ¨me anglaise and fresh Tahitian vanilla bean. It was rich, thick, and a very generous serving. I took the rest of it back to the hotel. Sometimes you just gotta indulge and enjoy!

My lunch at Duckfat was extremely satisfying. The thousands of calories I probably consumed during this amazing meal was well worth it! It’s another must-try in Portland and I would eat there again no questions asked.


43 Middle Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-8080


Author: Desiree

Desired Tastes is a Food and Travel Blog written by Desiree, a food enthusiast from New Jersey who just wants to see the world and eat good food.

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