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Lobster Claw in North Reading, our new(40 years old) fave Seafood Shack


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Lobster Claw in North Reading, our new(40 years old) fave Seafood Shack

chompie | Apr 18, 2013 05:41 PM

We've been here several times now and have been really happy with our meals. The smell of summer in the parking lot is hypnotic and the food doesn't disappoint. Its is a no frills, counter service, paper plates shack with really friendly staff and standard nautical décor. It is and old fashioned New England place, pretty much all fried except for very occasional baked which I haven't had, and chowders. The flavor is perfectly basic without creative funkiness. A fried plate usually comes with fries and slaw but you can add rings to it for $2 which I highly recommend. The rings are really flavorful sweet onions, sometimes very thin, sometimes less thin, with a crispy, somewhat greasy and not heavily crunchy coating. Taste a bit like canned French's fried onions if they were made homemade instead of canned. The portions are great, I am guessing close to a pound of fish in a dinner. They cut the haddock into pieces about the size of a thick rectangular hotdog and there are several pieces. The cole slaw is how I like the taste of coleslaw, probably a thin mayo based coating, fairly sweet, mild, maybe a little celery seed and cut in rough chop. I prefer coleslaw finer or shredded but this is fresh and good. Its a real treat when they have non traditional fried fish like salmon or swordfish, usually less than $10. and usually really juicy and fresh. They fry lobster too. I even like the(fake) seafood salad which is big scoops on a grilled bun with fries, slaw and a drink for $5. He told me yesterday that he got some really good clams from Maine with Med/Large juicy bellies and he was right. About nickel to quarter size bellies, lightly coated, tender, and tasted of ocean and clam. They will accommodate easily. We asked for a sole, clam combo and got it and once we said we were curious about what the small Maine shrimp were like compared to the big ones, and they added a big heaping portion of them onto our already large seafood platter for us to try. Both types of shrimp were tender. Its also the kind of tarter I like with a nice oniony touch. I think the only weakness is really the fries. They have been experimenting lately with coated fries and I like an unadulterated pure potato fry, whether standard, crinkle or steak, so I cant quite say what kind you will get but probably a standard or thinner coated but at least not seasoned fry. The fish chowder is full of fish and comforting, probably made with a little bay or thyme and condensed milk/ Clam chowder is similar. Havent tried the lobster bisque.

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