Okay for the 40% off deal we got but definitely a step below many of the other talked about clam shacks. We got there about 8:00 last nite (after record shopping in downtown Gloucester and going to Capt. Carlo's to see if Whoopi Goldberg was working; didn't know she bartends there til this week) to give the Irish lad a taste of fried clams. He had hoped for lobster too but no one was in the mood for the work. It was an amazing sight to have absolutely no line and only about 20 other people in the whole restaurant, a cool spring weeknight is the time to try it. Three of us split a fried clam plate, fried sole plate (w/ ff and rings, $17.95 and $9.95), crab roll w/ bag of chips ($8.95; lobster roll was $17.95) and a clam cake ($1.10). Best thing was the tartar sauce. Sole was good once it got a shake of salt and the clams were okay, decent sized plate but for $18, we could have had a few more. Onion rings weren't too crisp and had that batter I don't care for, puffy beer batter or something, not sure. Fries were very run of the mill. Clam cake was good but I had a better and bigger one for $.60 at Gene's Seafood in Fairhaven. You have to order your drinks at a separate counter. I was glad to return but now I know for sure that I'll stick with the other joints on clam alley, aka Rt. 133 (and beyond).
We ate the exact right amount of food to fully enjoy a slice of pie at the Agawam Diner after. Choc. cream, banana cream and coconut cream ($2.80 ea) with their wonderful crust was a great finish to the meal. Cheery waitress serving pie to many other people. I need to try the clams or some entree there again, it's been a while.
Appetizer was a bit of leftover sausage/onion/pepper pizza from Regina in the north end. I sent them there that afternoon for proper pizza (the UK is getting better but pizza is still lagging) and they enjoyed it. They barely made a dent in a large and even after sitting around for a few hours, it was very tasty. Another place I need to eat a proper meal at again.