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Yankee Pier at Santana Row

jaweino | Feb 13, 200311:53 PM

We had lunch at Yankee Pier yesterday on our way back to Carmel. We were pretty excited at the prospect of having a New England Fried Clam place so conveniently located, since our last local source in Salinas went out of business. The place looked great and the menu was enticing for displaced New Englanders. The Clam Chowder was good, and the Dill Biscuits floating in it were a pleasant touch. However, I'd still have to give my vote to Swan Oyster Depot for the best local chowder. The Clam Plate was good, if not great. My major quibble with it was that it only had 5 clams. The clams were large, but 5 clams for $17 seems a bit pricy even on this coast. The clams were tasty, if chewy, and the batter was a little too heavy for my taste, but I'll order them again. They were served with fries, a good cole slaw, and a watercress and tangerine salad. The Lobster Roll on the other hand was very dissapointing. On the plus side the homemade roll was very authentic, and very good. The amount of lobster salad in the roll was unacceptable. You get more lobster in a lobster roll at McDonalds in Boston for $7. I also didn't care much for the salad itself. It was served with homemade potato chips and cole slaw. I guess I'll continue to import my own rolls from Boston, get my lobsters in Chinatown and make my own lobster rolls. The Lobster Roll cost $16.

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