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Fried clam places-opinion change

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Fried clam places-opinion change

bakery-seeker | Aug 13, 2004 06:27 PM

A short while ago I posted a reply to a message asking for Maine eatery recommendations in the Kennebunkport area. I suggested the fried clams and shrimp at The Clam Shack, but now, feeling VERY embarassed, I am reversing my opinion on this eatery. We had both fried clams and fried shrimp there on August 7, Saturday, and were disappointed. The $32 quart of fried clams was mostly batter, very very little meat, AND greasy, too. The $20-something quart of fried shrimp consisted of small shrimp, approx. 50% batter. Lots of money for almost no food value. I still like the idea of standing on the bridge there and eating while watching the tide going in or out, with the town within view (and seagulls trying to grab your meal as one lady on Saturday discovered), but.... I apologize for giving a reply based on 2003 experience BEFORE we became regular customers of The Clam Box in Ipswich, MA. We deliberately went to the Clam Box in Ipswich on Sunday, the next day, to have a close-by comparison, although, honestly, none of us could stomach the idea of ordering fried clams again, so we all had fried shrimp and coleslaw (with the men ordering the so-so french fries which continue to be so-so). The shrimp are large and mostly meat. One of our party had a small order of fried scallops, which are very very rich and meaty. So, please accept my apologies. The Clam Shack in the Kennebunks is no longer on my list of recommendations for southern Maine "fried" dining.

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