I heard a rumor yesterday about Bubbling Brook in Westwood MA. The rumor is...Bubbling Brook has been sold, will not be opening this season (would have opened middle of this month) and (this is the absolute worst part) will become a Dunkin Donuts. Excuse me but how many Dunkin Donuts do you need every quarter mile????? What a sell-out and waste! Soooo sad! I guess there will be no more fried clams for me. This is the end of a family tradition for many people. How much coffee can people drink? It seems people can't get enough of Dunkin Donuts. A lot of people I know don't understand it either. They have been looking forward to another season of Bubbling Brook. A lot of people are going to be disappointed. There is no other decent seafood place in the area. This is what happens when people think since they work hard they deserve to buy coffee at places like Dunkin Donuts. You get too many of those places. When will it end? You have them on every corner. You have them in foodstores. They even put cupholders in the shopping carts. Hasn't this gone too far. Remember when they were just a donut place you went to for a treat (you know, something you had on a holiday or on a Sunday). Now people go there every day. I know people who stop there 2, 3 even 4 times a day. That's a minimum of $5 a day and that's not even for food. Pretty soon every place is going to get torn down and replaced by a Dunkin Donuts. Reverse progress.
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Originally posted by Ashphalt
At the suggestion of fhoran and other Roadfooders we had lunch at the Bubbling Brook in Westwood today. Great recommendation.
I'll start by saying that I'm not a North Shore snob when it comes to clams, in fact I was raised to believe that while fried clams may have been invented on the North Shore, they were perfected on the Cape. May be because with a grandfather with a serious heart condition the lard the North Shore places were then famous for using was forbidden and I never got the taste for it (until later in life).
The clam roll was as large as it should be. Grilled roll flattened out with enough clams that more than half had to be eaten before you could attempt to pick it up. Clams themselves were on the small side (could be the current market) but tender and sweet. Batter was light and crispy. The Wife had the scallop roll which was similarly mounded with medium sized sweet scallops fried to a cripy medium brown. We split an order of onion rings which were very good. Large thin rings with the same light batter cooked blonde with browning spots. Not super crispy, but the onion inside was cooked tender, sweet and juicy. Clams were definitely a step up from one experience at the Red Wing, although Red Wing does do oysters (and serve beer).
The place itself is worth a visit for nostalgia buffs. Made me think of what HoJo's probably was like in the 20s or 30s. Classic New England ice cream stand with a take out window and small service dining area. Teenaged girls handled the service well (this is a seasonal operation) and the place was spotless. Sandwiches and burgers looked real and old-fashioned and they had a meatloaf special. Ice cream was flying out of the place and the fudge, butterscotch (or maybe it was caramel) and marshmallow toppings looked real.
Great clams for away from the coast and a really cute spot. We'll be back.
The Red Wing served the absolute worst fried clams I have ever eaten in my life. I tried them twice there. The restaurant sit-down service was extremely slow...to the point of the food being stone cold. Do you know anyone who enjoys eating cold clams? Forget asking them to heat them up. Burnt! 2nd attempt to get clams there I tried ordering them TO GO. Big mistake! You have to go to The Bar, a little aisle to stand in while you wait for your order. It's either that or sit at the bar with the people who are there to drink. Glorified bar...that's all it is. When I want clams I certainly don't care about alcohol. Bubbling Brook in Westwood MA (corner of high st and rt 109-check out www.bubblingbrook.net)
is consistently the winner in my book for fried clams. It's always been good. Frequently go back there later in the day for ice cream.