Last Saturday, while visiting Boston, we went to Bob Lobster (Newbury, Ma.) for lunch. I had a serious need for fried clams and my son said he'd heard of this place, but that's about all he knew. We were already in the neighborhood. My opinion is based on just this one visit, but I was very impressed with the fried clams. The clams weren't big, but the were fresh tasting and tender. The breading was crisp with no greasiness at all; the oil must have been nice and clean. Loved their tartar sauce. I had ordered the clam roll, and it was plenty for lunch; I didn't bother with the bread. The cole slaw was nothing special. My clam chowder was served nice and hot and it was adequate. My daughter-in-law's corn and lobster chowder might have been a better choice. She thought it was very good. I noticed the nice pink and buttery "oil slick" on the top. I tasted one of my son's fried shrimp and they were superb!! Same light, crisp breading, and the shrimp were just so perfectly cooked that I don't know how they accomplished it in a fryer full of hot oil.
Inside they sell drinks from a cooler, and Richardson's ice cream for dessert. They sell fresh seafood, as well. You give your order inside and take a seat at one of the tables outside. The food is brought to your table when it's ready. There was hardly any wait between ordering and getting our food. (Wish I could remember if there's any indoor seating.) As the season progresses I can see parking being a problem and waits for food getting longer, but last Saturday it couldn't have been more perfect. The link below has the menu, driving directions, etc.
49 Plum Island Turpike, Newbury, MA 01951