Thursday December 12, 2013 | 06:02 PM

A new fish 'n chips food truck that will put a new spin on the classic dish is coming to Portland.

Best friends Sam Gorelick and Arvid Brown say their new business, "Fishin' Ships," will serve "inspired takes on fish 'n chips while paying homage to the local fishing industry."

They plan to launch a kickstarter campaign within the week to raise $12,000 for the purchase of their truck, and hope to be on the road by April.

In an email, Brown said he and Gorelick want to "break the mold" of what's considered fish 'n chips by offering different varieties of fish accompanied by non-traditional starches.

In addition to serving a classic fried haddock with wedge-cut chips, lemon and homemade tartar sauce, "our menu will introduce you to things like chipotle, lime-battered cod, fried in an Allagash White beer batter and paired with maple coated sweet potato fries.

"Or a bacon, scallion monkfish fried in Geary's HSA batter and served with mashed potato fritters. We will be rotating these combos and many more like them, all using local beers and all in accordance to what is fresh and what flavors we feel like playing with."

The pair will also offer a rotating menu of lighter fare that will includefish tacos, haddock sliders, cod cakes and/or a single serving of chips. Dipping sauces wil; include tartar, chimichurri, garlic aioli, spicy curry and sriracha mayo.

Brown said all of the fish served by Fishin' Ships will come from local waters, and they will be telling customers about the individual fishermen who caught their meal.

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Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.

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