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field report: The Clam Bar in North Syracuse, NY

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field report: The Clam Bar in North Syracuse, NY

Dave Wilson | Aug 27, 2004 06:12 PM

We went to another one of our old favorites last night for the first time in a long while. My wife and I joined my Cousin and his lady at The Clam Bar on Rt. 11 at Sweetheart Corners in North Syracuse. It was a thursday night and they were jammin! We had to wait at the bar for a table but we did get seated after the first cocktail. I've been going to the Clam Bar for about 10 years now and they just keep getting better and better. They did a remodel maybe 3 or 4 years ago that brightened it up quite a bit inside and like the Westwood Inn, it's one of those places that really is a lot easier to go to now, since the smoking ban went into effect (sorry smokers...I sympathize)

The food last night was outstanding! We started out with a round of appetizers....We each had a dozen steamed clams....they were some nice 1-1/2"-2" littlenecks ...the size I like...they came out fresh from the steamer but it took a while since they can only do so many at a time and they were busy. We also had the Shrimp Scampi...it was ok, shrimp were good but they were swimming in a little more butter than I like with scampi. We also had an appetizer off the specials menu, broiled scallops with Cheddar Cheese and Bacon..OMG!!! was that ever good! I think I want to go back and have that again ASAP!! Unfortunately, we didn't think we'd have room for chicken wings so we didn't get any, but the Renate German Wings are a must have!! They're prepared with a dry seasoning mix and then deep fried and served. There's no sauce on them, and the tasty dry seasoning mix seals them up so they are so juicy! mmmm!

For entrees, my cousin had Cajun Grouper, which he said was very good, his GF had the 1lb King Crab dinner for 19.95...it looked like more than a pound too when it came out. My wife and I each had the 2lb Snow Crab dinner for 16.95 and I'm sure that was more than 2lbs...we all had the Salt Potatos, which could have used more salt in the water, but I say that about everybodies salts except my own....

So we ate like hogs, ran up a good bar bill and the bill was only $125 which came in about $20 lighter than i thought it would. The service was great but the meal ran slow because they were so busy and what we ordered mostly required the steamer and I think that's what slowed things down. The Clam Bar was as good as ever and make sure you get yourself up there when you get a chance.

-dW

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