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Quality Fast Food: Original Seafood Restaurant, Dennis Port, Cape Cod, MA

Posted in Original Seafood Restaurant, QUALITY FAST FOOD with tags , on September 30, 2009 by chomposaurus

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When I walk into a counter-service fast food restaurant and I see the “Lobster Bomb” listed on the menu, I know I’ve walked into the right place. The unoriginally named Original Seafood Restaurant offers this explosive 1-pound lobster roll for the completely reasonable sum of $25, as it is more than enough crustacean for two people, especially when it’s accompanied by soft, hot, salty fries.

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The lobster itself comes in massive red chunks, bathed but not drowned in a coat of mayo. The whole pile tastes so fresh that you could swear it was the fruit of some sort of magical lobster plant, grown and picked in the garden that day. Even if you opt for the more reasonable $13.99 lobster roll and fries, you will get a satisfying heap of tender meat. And of course, since it’s New England, all rolls are served in those controversial “Top Loader” hot dog buns. Perhaps, after years of failing to support my relish-laden Fenway Franks, these rolls have finally found a purpose in hosting light lumps of lobster and lettuce.

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Unable to try just one thing, we also got a basket of fried clam strips, which were remarkable for their lack of grease. Instead, they were tender inside and out, from the creamy batter to the friendly and forthcoming meat inside.

The only item that received mixed reviews was the chowder, which tasted more like a hearty potato soup with clam chunks in it. But what it lacked in authenticity it made up for in scarfability, especially at $2.99 for a rather generous “small” bowl.

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So, when you’re in the mid-cape area and can’t defend going to Sundae School for dinner a third night in a row, don’t try and be unique: follow the crowds to the Original Seafood Restaurant. Perhaps you will be bold enough to order the 8-person “Seafood Frenzy” listed ominously at the bottom of their menu…

The Hushpuppy of the Sea

Posted in Restaurant Seafood with tags , , on May 27, 2008 by chomposaurus


I have an idea: let’s find a way to eat delicious Rhode Island clams that is even more ridiculously inefficient than just frying them! Fortunately for me, there are lots of wonderful places along the shore of The Ocean State like Aunt Carrie’s that deliver just such a product, the monolithic round of grease that is the clam cake.

A clam cake is a ball of what can be described as buttery clam-dough which is deep, deep fried and served by the half-dozen. You’re basically eating a hunk of pure fried-ness when a clam occasionally pops up. While the clams:batter ratio is not as good as the typical fried seafood, in some ways it’s more rewarding, sort of like digging for treasure with your mouth. And instead of a sand, there’s grease. Highly recommended for your next trip to our smallest state – and don’t forget the onion rings, which I must say were better here than at The Clam Box.

Hope your Memorial Day on the beach was full of good meat and mellow tides. If you had some good fried clams somewhere, let us know. And I would be in trouble if I did not mention that the chowder at Iggy’s, next door to Aunt Carrie’s, is supposedly the best!

Ipswich Clams & Top Notch Mams

Posted in Seafood with tags , , , on May 24, 2008 by chomposaurus

I apologize for the subject of this post; P. Sundae demanded it in exchange for the pictures he took with his new SLR.

Ipswich, MA (and the neighboring town of Essex), located an hour north of Boston, is THE place to go for clams in northern New England. A half dozen restaurants specialize in serving them fresh; some in gourmet settings, but mostly in their famous fried configuration. My favorite place to go is The Clam Box, which has a secret double-frying method that leaves the batter firm but with a subtle chewiness and the clams with a lot of flavor.

Legend has it that Ipswich fried clams were invented by a local potato-chip entrepreneur looking for a way to make some money and/or delicious food out of the local delicacy. In those days, you could easily catch 200 lbs of clams per day in the Great Marsh around Cape Ann. Of course, pollution and over-harvesting have now devastated the area’s hauls. So, while clams are now brought in from places outside of Ipswich, including the southern coast of Maine, to meet the demand, it’s only in town that you can get them prepared just right.
Check out Road Food’s MA guide for more places to get great clams.

Click to see the best picture of your meat correspondent ever, along with a shot of The Clam Box’s menu. I recommend the “Two-Way Combo,” which will net you some zesty scallops as well as clams, onion rings and fries.
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