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Old Port Lobster Shack

jaweino | Mar 19, 2006 01:13 AM

At Last!! A real New England lobster/clam shack in the area.

We started off with the Steamers and Clam Chowder. The steamers are the real thing, Ipswich clams served with clam broth and drawn butter. The order was a good size and the clams were tasty. Non-New Englanders be warned; ask for instructions if you've never had these before, or you're liable to end up with a mouthful of sandy, rubbery, inedible stuff. The broth was a bit on the watery side, but I only used it for washing the clams.

The Clam Chowder was very good with lots of clams and no flour or other thickeners. In other words the real thing.

The Lobster Roll was also very good. It comes on a real New England style roll, which he has baked to order at a local bakery using the molds he brought from Maine. IMHO I make a better one, but I am also delighted that he will sell the rolls, so that I don't have to import them from Boston anymore. It is served with a good cole slaw and very good kettle potato chips. When he first opened he was making the chips himself, and says he will start doing that again soon, but the chips he was serving today were quite satisfactory.

The Fried Clams were heaven. They were real Ipswich whole belly clams in a very light cornmeal batter. They came with a good homemade tartar sauce. I would never put tartar sauce on anything but potato chips or fries, but it served that purpose very well.

The Fried Scallops were good, but not great. I objected to the panko crusted batter, and suggested that he treat them the same way the clams are done. He kind of agreed, and by the time we left, he said he was going to change it. They were large fairly flavorful scallops, but not as intense as the small Cape Scallops I'm used to.

The only dissapointment to us were the onion rings. They were good beer battred California style with a puffy batter. I still crave the lightly battered New England style.

All in all we were deighted to find this place, and look forward to returning often.

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