So I went to the Back Bay Summer Shack today eager to have some fried clams. They've redone some of the interior, enlarged the windows and put an awkward counter with stools along one of them (sort of reminded me of Grafton Street).
I ordered clams on the "fried foods" section of the menu, I got what I'd consider a small fried clam appetiser - at most 20 small clams and a heap of french fries. I know I'd get around twice as many clams at Neptune and they'd all be perfectly done (the Summer shack version was ok but lacking Neptune's aura of perfection). The service was also absent, literally, a nice new girl behind the bar spent some time trying to find someone who knew how to work the register so I could get a bill after my waiter disappeared after dropping off my order.
The last time I was at this Summer Shack I got a half dozen pretty dried out oysters on the half shell, sticking to the shell they were so dry, so I'm feeling a bit negative about the Summer Shack today.