The clams are very good, but first the GREAT ... The chowder.
The clam chowder is the best Ive had on the west coast.
In fact, if it had a few more potatoes and some whole clams in addition to the chopped clams, I would say it is the best clam chowder I have ever had in my life.
There is NO flour in the broth. Just the loveliest combination of cream and clam broth with a touch of golden butter rising to the top. It only misses world class because the clams and potatoes are too finely chopped. Worth every decadent calorie. I can say it is even elegant.
Even the oyster crackers were fresh unlike the usual stale variety you get in New England and held their own for quite a while without ever getting soggy, There are some tiny dill biscuits served on the side.
I will go back for the chowder.
Classic fried clams, fries, tartar sauce and catsup. ONLY SERVED AT LUNCH.
There were about 10 clams with plump bellies. They would hold there own against any respectable clam shack. IMO they are as good as the Clam Box in Ipswich, Mass. I lived in Rockport, the next town over, and ate there quite a few times.
Tartar sauce was perfect. Fries were non greasy and like those from a good clam shack. The slaw was different. Really fine shred, almost string-like with a sweeter than usual sauce. It was tasty though.
I had a fear they would do something to re-invent the fried clam plate or Califormia-ize or fusion it, but was relieved to find the standard presentation. There WAS a tiny bit of greens with tangerines on the dish. I just moved them to the bread plate with the dill biscuits and all was well. Although I did enjoy the little salad and biscuits later.
My favorite clams are still from Turks in West Haven, Ct., though.
Skip the baked beans which I ordered as take out. There are more similar to Campbells than the slow cooked molasses beans of Boston, The Campbells beans would win as far as flavor. Also, they were too al dente, not a good quality in a baked bean.
A display of clams on ice greet you as you walk in the door. There are lobster rolls, but they are the Maine variety with mayonnaise so I didnt try it. I prefer the Connecticut style dressed in butter.
The clams are flown out here daily. Now for the prices Clam Plate $17.95. Clams on the half shell $2 each. Since it has been a while since Ive been in New England, I asked the Boston board how much clams were going for these days. The Clam Box charges $15.95 for a clam plate. So, it seems that given the trip, the price is fair.
I lurk around the New England boards whey I see clams. All the recent posts about clam crawls, clam cakes and lobster rolls made me desperate for a fried clam fix.
Thank you Bradley Ogden, wherever you are.
The restaurant is right next door to Roxanne's In Larkspur, near Lark Creek. Link below.