So I've lived near this place for over 15 years and ONLY ever had the soft serve ice cream. The decor is sterile ice cream place, the hard ice cream is Hood. Until posts on this board a few years back it just never occurred to me the chow could be decent.
I hit it for lunch yesterday and got the clam (medium to small bellies with no choice on size) platter.
The platter included fries and slaw for $17.75. You can get the same size clam serving for $14.50 without the sides.
The clams themselves were excellent, perfectly fried, as good as MANY I've had and certainly better then the ones I had at the Copley Mall Legals a year or so ago. The fry job was spot on, the taste just right. A 9.5 out of 10 on the clams.
The fries were also decent, though I'm not a huge french fry fan and these were just good. Would not get them again, mostly cause fries have to be earth shattering for me to give a darn.
The slaw was just plain lame. Tasted like watery cabbage with a hint of mayo in there. Possibly Sysco out of a bucket, or maybe house made, but mediocre to bad.
I also finished off with a soft serve choc/vanilla twist cone which was some how flavorless and saddening. I remember that taste from previous if infrequent visits, Hood again?
The clams alone are almost worth a trip. A woman at a next door table was gushing about the fried fish sandwich and it looked great.
They also had a $14 lobster roll that I might have to try.
If I have a craving for clams I would hit it again in a sec, though with Shangri La's excellent fried oysters right near by for less dough, it would be a tough call. The place has always had a bit of a sad vibe and maybe that's why I have not hit it more recently. Great outdoor dining at some picnic tables with nice shade umbrellas as well, it was too hot yesterday, but next time.