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Summer Shack Alewife

eating out | Jun 16, 2004 10:34 AM

Tried this place for the first (and possibly last) time last night, on a mission to try the (in)famous pan roasted lobster. Not my cup of tea. I am a lobster fanatic, it is my absolute favorite food. For me, this was ruinous. First of all, when I eat lobster, I do not even use the butter- save for one place, The Place, in guilford. Lobster does not need the butter, the meat is supposed to be that good. This 1 1/2lb bug came DRENCHED in what I believe to be a butter and white wine sauce, with some green herb, not sure what it was. I did not like it. I definitely like the idea of pan roasting a lobster, and the meat was very hot, and respectibly tender, but without its juices. The one thing I did like about it was that usually, I don't especially like the tamale (green stuff), but with the butter sauce drenched in, it was alright. The way the lobster was split in half, it was also very easy to use my fork to get to the side meat in the main shell, which I liked. However, overall, a complete bust at $35.

My friend got the Clam Bake, and said the steamed lobster wasn't any better or worse than legal, which he likes, and no cheaper either. Steamers were unremarkable.

The one saving grace of the meal, for me, was the Jonah Crabs, that came steamin hot and dredged in Old Bay. YUM. It was 3lb of crab (3 crabs) for $18. Supposedly only served on Wed/Thurs, but they had them Tues too. The claws were big enough to have substantial amounts of meat. I split them with my friend, so we each had 1.5, but I'm not sure 3 for one person would even be enough- probably not. I would go back there for these, if I had a craving.

Actually, I did like the interior atmosphere, could see it being a fun place to go with a large group, order some pitchers and some steamers/raw bar selections.

It was also satisfying to regard the complete mess of juices, shells and guts all over the table afterwards. Oh well, I'm glad I tried the place, cuz now I won't have to wonder.

Next stop on my lobster tour, Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier, Kittery, ME.

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