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Summer Shack

mollydingle | Feb 17, 2008 09:00 AM

Since I had asked about the lobster bisque on this board earlier, I thought I'd report on our visit.
We arrived at the Aewife location at about 5.30PM yesterday and were seated immediately. There was a fair-sized crowd- a mix of ages and mostly casually dressed.
Our server was efficient, knowledgable and friendly without being smarmy. MMMpointy had a Sam draft; I had a Johnnie Black Rob Roy. From the raw bar we ordered Malpeque oysters, cocktail shrimp and Jonah crab claws. All were excellent. I like my oysters with just a dash of pepper usually, but the mignonette sauce was delicious and SO raved over the cocktail sauce. IMHO, the oysters are better than Neptune's- fresher and better presentation.
To follow, I had the lobster bisque. It was not what I expected; there was hint of tomato and some flavor I can't quite identify. When I first tasted it, I was unsure, but as I continued, the flavor bloomed and it was delicious.SO loved the Bermuda crab chowder- very pronounced fish and crab flavor with a dash of Gosling's. Both were piping hot, as should be.
After that, I was mostly stuffed , so I just had the baked beans. They were the second best I've ever had. (Hubby makes the best!). They were a hair underdone, but I would rather have that than overcooked mush. Flavor was rich and not too sweet.
SO had the razor clam stuffies and fish 'n' chips. The clam stuffies were the only disappointment. They were well-prepared; they just didn't wow him. The fish 'n' chips were, as usual, very good.
This was our third( I think) visit and we have enjoyed SS each time. I understand that it is not a traditional venue, but it was fun. Himself was in evidence throughout the meal, which provides consistency and helps with training the staff as well.
My final opinion is that for whatever reason, it's one of those places you either love it or hate it.

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