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Gillies (W. Brattleboro, VT)


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Gillies (W. Brattleboro, VT)

Bri | Jul 5, 2008 04:21 PM

This is a place that I've been hearing good things about for over a year now. My hairdresser loves it, so does my neighbor, but there are so many other places that we already love that we never quite made it over there.

The advertised an Old Fashioned Clam Bake for $25 on the 4th. The restaurant is within an easy walking distance of Memorial Park where a carnival was going all day and fireworks were scheduled at night, so I made reservations for the SO and me to have dinner there on the 4th.

It really was so awful and I'm hoping that some other people will come in and tell me that they've had wonderful food there and this was just a fluke or that my expectations of no sand in my clams was unrealistic. I'm really not a happy camper because dinner was $100 and it just wasn't any good.

The beers were fine, we had the Shucker's Ale. The clam bake came with steamed clams, mussels and a lobster (probably a 1 pounder). It also came with corn on the cob and a baked potato. The baked potato was fine. The corn was ice cold and hard. The lobster was perfect and the most enjoyable portion of my meal. The mussels were over cooked/steamed and chewy and salty (?). The clams were inedible due to a lot, visibly a lot, of sand all over the outside and inside. They also had this geoduck type of extension that was nothing but a tube of sand.

I asked the waitress if the clams were supposed to be so sandy, she said we were supposed to rinse them in this cup of opaque liquid first. But when I told her that the tube-y thing was full of sand, she said that some people eat them and some people don't. I’ve never heard of such a thing, for $25 per person they couldn’t rinse the clams before cooking them?

Needless to say, I was incredibly disappointed in the meal. The restaurant itself was very busy and our waitress was quite frazzled and running around. She also requested to take away our 3rd chair (we only had 3 at our table) for another table, which meant that I had to put my purse on the floor, and I just wish that she had asked for a table that actually had 4 chairs and two people to borrow theirs instead.

We decided to try it one more time on a non-holiday weekend to see if we have different results. But I will never order the clams again.

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