This classic French dish has been served in bistros and brasseries in France and Belgium for decades. It usually encompasses a grilled or pan-fried hanger or flank steak and a pile of hot, crispy shoestring fries, but these restaurants offer their takes on the standard.
Hunker Down | Sugarloaf
Digging into the hearty steak and fries entrée at this Sugarloaf village hotspot is the perfect way to end a day on the mountain. The grilled ribeye steak is rubbed in garlic and herb butter and paired with shoestring fries.
Petite Jacqueline | Portland
It’s no surprise that this popular French bistro in the Old Port is home to traditional steak frites. Once plated, the steak and French fries are topped with beurre maître d’hotel, a savory compound butter made with parsley, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
50 Local | Kennebunk
Opened by Merilee Paul and David Ross in 2010, this downtown bistro bustles year-round. Chef Tyler Laroche’s steak frites features beef tenderloin au poivre with handcut fries.
Provender Kitchen + Bar | Ellsworth
Chef Daron Goldstein puts a twist on the classic dish by topping a 14-ounce strip steak with cognac-peppercorn sauce and tallow powder and serving it with garlic-Parmesan fries.
Five-O Shore Road | Ogunquit
This sophisticated yet unstuffy restaurant is just a block from the beach and a longtime favorite of both locals and visitors. The steak frites from chef and co-owner James Walter’s kitchen feature truffled haystack potatoes and natural jus.
Timber Steakhouse | Portland
Steaks star at this carnivore heaven, and the steak frites are no exception. A 10-ounce hanger steak is paired with rosemary fries, which are served with chipotle mayo and curry ketchup.
Pearl Kennebunk Beach and Spat Oyster Cellar | Kennebunk
At the northern outpost of her famed New York City restaurant, chef Rebecca Charles keeps things simple. Her 11-ounce ribeye steak and stack of hand-cut shoestring fries recalls traditional French fare.
The Grill Room | Portland
Known for wood-fired meats, pizzas, and seafood, the Grill Room prepares a grilled hanger steak that’s paired with Maine sea salt French fries. The dish is then finished with a classic béarnaise sauce.
18 Central Oyster Bar + Grill | Rockport
On Main Street in Rockport, this oyster bar is serving up more than just seafood. Its steak frites rendition includes grilled hanger steak, bone marrow steak butter, red wine sauce, herb fries, and pickled Shimeji mushroom and watercress salad.