Took my Dad from out of town to the Whaling Museum and asked there for recommendations for a great seafood dinner. Figured New Bedford would have thriving wharf restaurants and such, but were told there were none.
We drove around town and found nothing open on a Sunday at 6pm, so ended up at Davy's Locker, which we were told had a "water view". It did have a water view, if you stood and looked over the parking lot. The place was packed to the gills for Father's Day. We were told the wait was 30 minutes but were seated only after 50 minutes passed. The blandly decorated dining room was packed with screaming children and the noise level was so bad my elderly folks could not understand anything. Our waitress was sweet but callow and did not know what a Bombay martini was -- she returned to say that the bartendar offered to make a voodoo martini instead. When I informed her/them that Bombay was a brand of gin the martini arrived, strong and delicious.
The portions served were impressive. The fried clams were quite good, fresh, lightly battered, if not piping hot. The fish in the "fish and chips" was also perfectly cooked, with a very very thin batter as requested, not greasy at all, very moist inside. Both of these items were on top of a huge mound of french fries, which were soggy and limp, either from sitting around in the kitchen or from being steamed by all the food piled over them. In any event they lost their appeal after half of them were eaten. The side of cole slaw was obviously from a plastic tub bought from a distributor -- it had no taste and had an overly minced and watery look, and most of it went uneaten.
So considering the amount of publicity I have seen for this restaurant and the throngs eating there, I felt that place was not worth another visit for the merely adequate experience.
Two questions: first, was this an "off day" due to it being Fathers' Day, or is this place just a third rate joint? And second, where are other (better) places to eat in New Bedford on a Sunday evening, preferably with a real water view and serving top notch seafood (fried clams especially)?