It's been a month since we last argued about the merits of Dairy Joy, on Route 117 in Weston, but I picked up fried clams and lobster rolls for my extended family last night and have this report to provide:
Let's start with Dairy Joy's raison d'etre: fried clams. Once again, we were all convinced that Dairy Joy's fried clams are better than the Ipswich-area places. They are big, meaty and delicious, and not at all greasy. I always order a la carte, as opposed to the "plates" that include fries, and find that a small order ($13.50) is plenty for most people. (It is my unscientific belief that purchasing the small order of clams at Dairy Joy is a better value than purchasing the medium or large.)
Lobster rolls. Dairy Joy does not have a great lobster roll, but they do have a good one. And at $14.50, the price is not as offensive as many of Dairy Joy's prices. The lobster roll comes served on a grilled New England-style roll (I do not believe it was buttered), and the filling is nothing other than lobster and mayo (lettuce is optional). The roll was overstuffed with fresh tasting lobster meat. My main objections were: (1) they clearly do not have the facilities to make this lobster on site, so they either make it elsewhere or buy it pre-made and, in either case, refrigerate it. I prefer a warm or room temperature lobster roll. (2) Too much mayo. Nonetheless, this still is a good lobster roll.
Fries and O'rings: fine; nothing special.
So look, this place is expensive. For the kids who wanted hot dogs instead of clams or lobster, I made them at home rather than paying Dairy Joy's ridiculous prices. But for fried clams, this place is great. And the lobster roll is servicable too. And at least for these items, the prices are in the same ballpark as what you'd pay elsewhere.
So don't go to Dairy Joy for a burger or a grilled cheese, but when you're in the mood for fried clams, this is the place to go to!