I hate to be the lone dissenter, and before I move forward, let me say first: the report was well done. Super reporting.
from the pics though, things don't look as good as described.
The Deviled Clam is obviously a version of a stuffed clam. But deep fried in an aluminum shell rather than taking the time to broil them in the shell. They sell broiled food, so I think they've made the wrong decision on this. From the pic (maybe due to how it was cooked) I don't see the clams, nor the herbs that were described. Here's a pic or two (taken from the web) that shows more of what I'd expect if I ordered that menu item:
(The second one could use a spot longer under the broiler, but it does show the clam really well)
As you admitted, the kaiser roll they served completely envelops the three oysters in the fried oyster sandwich. But really, 3 oysters? They should offered it on a split-top New England Roll.
The fries are uninspired and obviously pre-frozen steak fries. And the coleslaw looks plain - just cabbage and mayo, and a carrot peeling. A little spinkling of pepper, or paprika, or even Old Bay would've make the coleslaw sparkle - even though it was served, in one instance, in a small plastic cup.
On a plus, and not at all to be facetious, the tomato and green leaf that accompanied the oyster sandwich looks bright and fresh. Given how they skimped on the oysters, that beefy tomato slice looked like it could be savored all by itself with maybe a couple grains of salt thrown in for fun. That is a nice looking slice of tomato, and the lettuce leaf looks wonderfully fresh and green.
Although my instincts tell me otherwise, I do know that flavor often wins over presentation. Perhaps, though not well presented, the food is as good as described - so if I'm in the New Gretna area, I might go in for a try given the recs here and your well done review. However, I will suggest they use the clam shells for the stuffed clams instead of as pot hole fillers - although, they work well for that too, I suppose. I'd also skip the fries and coleslaw and give the other sides a chance, like the tossed salad ~ which should be pretty good if the tomato and lettuce leaf is any evidence.
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