Unfortunately, entirely in the wrong direction.
If you research my posts on the topic of Legal Sea Foods (and its progeny), you'll see I am not a fan. Although I occasionally may have said something nice about the chain (something along the lines of, "My meal didn't totally suck."), it will become clear very quickly that I am not a fan. Count me among the many who lament the downfall of this once great culinary institution.
Tonight, I took the lazy way out; I have only myself to blame. Having rented out my house in Cambridge (with my daughter leaving her mother's home in Lincoln to attend boarding school in Vermont, I no longer expect to be here every single week), I am holed up at one of those generic Burlington-area hotels. I got myself a hankering for some fried clams, having not had any yet this summer. Ipswich is a mere 40 minutes away from here. Or, in less time I could have been at one of the several not-as-good-as-Farnham's-but-still-pretty-darn-good alternatives closer to here. But instead, staying just a stone's throw from the Burlington Mall, I decided it was time to give Legal another shot. Nothing fancy; just a fried clam dinner. What a disappointment.
Having not had clams in quite a while, I don't feel I can judge the quality of the clams themselves. They didn't seem as big and plump as I would have expected, but maybe that's just the negative halo effect talking. (That is, clearly disappointed by my experience, it can be hard to give them credit for anything positive.) But irrespective of the quality of the clams themselves, the quality of the preparation was just lame. Very little to no crunch. Soggy. Served on a bed of really lame (really lame) fries. The stray calamari ring in my order didn't make it any better. The stray clam shell (I can only hope that's what the hard thing that ended up in my mouth was) didn't make it any better.
I know that most on this board have long ago concluded that Legal sucks. But it still has some ardent supporters. Sorry, guys: you're just wrong; the place sucks.
I had no choice but to try to wash away my disappointment with a mocha shake from Bobby's Burger Palace next door.