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WLA | Nov 15, 2002 10:36 PM

While biking along the beach bike path today I took a small detour and rode by to look at Menemsha. Doors to patio were locked but one of the side doors was open and I ended up making a reservation, which we just got back from.

Very handsome restaurant, with an open floor plan. An upper seating area and a lower area with lots of wood. We had a banquet with a two top, but since I wasn't facing the wall I didn't mind.

Service was very good for a new place and we each had a bloody mary to start. They were OK, but not nearly as good as some, notably the ones at Josies.

My wife decided to start with the steamers, and then the Lazy Man's Lobster, which is sort of a Thermidor, in a casserole dish with bread crumbs on top. I had a small bowl of clam chowder and then the baked blue fish which is stuffed with lump crab and we split an order of the garlic mashed potatoes.

My wife's steamer's were $9, which didn't seem to bad, until they brought this little red net bag that was supposed to evoke a fisherman's net maybe. They gave her 6 clams. And they had enough sand in them that she was worried about wearing down the enamel on her teeth. The clam chowder was fine, but a little thick for my taste. On a scale from 1 to 10 I give it a 6.5 or maybe a 7.

Mains were better. My blue fish was quite nice, but it came on a plate by itself, with a little plate of lightly dressed greens on the side. My wife's Lazy Lobster was nice, fresh tasting lobster and the sauce included sherry, without going overboard.

I had a glass of Raymond chard with dinner and one coke for wife. Bill was $95, plus tip. To me it wasn't worth the price. The raw bar was not open yet, supposedly this coming Monday. Tonight was their one week anniversary.

Looks like they will do a pretty good bar business because by the time we left it was at least 2 deep, and it was still early. I will say the noise level was not at all bad even though the bar was right behind us. They must have done some good planning to minimize noise.

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