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Glory, glory, hallelujah

RevrendAndy | Apr 4, 2003 06:01 PM

Glory has gotten some very uneven reviews by the tough Chowhound crowd but I had a most excellent experience last night shared by Gwiv and the always lovely MSWiv.
None of us had been to a New England clam shack so we can't compare it to the real thing. Authentic or not, we had some good eatin'.

We started with Ipswich fried clams which were very moist and tender, unlike the rubber bands you get here in Chicago. There may be other places around serving fresh clam bellies, but I haven't found them. We also had stuffies(stuffed Quahogs), which included garlic, shallots, and bacon. I thought it was overly heavy on the breadcrumbs. It was my least favorite item of the evening.

We then moved on to their simple salad-what I call a yuppie salad which consisted of mixed field greens, dried cherries, red onion, and balsamic vinaigrette. A nice salad but not native to New England. The lobster roll had a good helping of lobster with not too much mayo and came with a nicely grilled hot dog roll. It was my virgin lobster roll so I don't know how it stands up to the real thing.

We continued on with beer-battered fish and chips, clambake, and sauteed scallops, which was a special. The scallops were outstanding with strawberry rubarb sauce, bacon, and fingerling potatoes. The fish had a nice breading but was a little too thickly cut for my liking. Good solid freedom fries but would've been better cooked in duck fat. I don't know what a typical clambake should be, but this was an excellent bouillabaise, with a great broth and very nice rouille. Good combination of clams, mussels, and fish, though the sausage they threw in was nothing special.

Dessert was a steamed lemon pudding cake with rosemary vanilla ice cream. Nice fresh lemon flavor, and very satisfying chewy texture. My only suggestion would be to lose the rosemary in the vanilla ice cream. Too strong.

Service was good. BYOB is always a big plus in my book. Hope Daley is too busy ripping up airports to grant them a liquor license anytime soon. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

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