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Denmo's Snack & Dairy Bar

346 Main St. S., Southbury, CT - (203) 264-4626
Denmo’s is a happy drive-in with picnic-table seats and an eat-in-the-rough style of service. Fried clams, whole bellied or “clam strips” – are crisp-crusted and delicious. Shrimp are big and sweet, and there are plenty to an order. The hot lobster roll, a Southern New England specialty that differs from the more typical mayonnaise-bound cold lobster salad roll, is superb.
92% Approval Rating (27 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Fried Scallops
Double Cheeseburger
Fried Clam Basket
Chocolate Malt
Lobster Roll
Cheeseburger
Onion Rings
French fries
Soup

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (8)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Denmo’s is a happy drive-in with picnic-table seats and an eat-in-the-rough style of service. You wait in line at one of two order windows; while waiting you peruse the posted permanent menu (fried clams and shrimp, hamburgers and hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches ..."   [Read More]
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Lauren Zalewski
October 11, 2008
"I had to go up to Massachusetts, and stopped at Denmo's as I was craving belly clams. Boy, was I not sorry! The editor review is right on: this place is great. Conveniently located just a few minutes off of Route 84, this little clam shack is a gem. I ordered a ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

346 Main St. S., Southbury, CT
(203) 264-4626

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dessert
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:Yes
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
I didn't have a scale with me, but this buttery lobster roll was mighty heavy with meat: big, beautiful hunks of meat, some chewy, some soft, all delicious.
"I didn't have a scale with me, but this buttery lobster roll was mighty heavy with meat: big, beautiful hunks of meat, some chewy, some soft, all delicious."
Michael Stern





A close view of Denmo's fried clams shows how luscious they are.
"A close view of Denmo's fried clams shows how luscious they are."
Michael Stern


For $4 less, you can get a clam strip basket, but unless you are a bellyphobe, whole bellies are the way to go. They are big and juicy but not overly gooey; and the crust that contains them virtually melts in your mouth. There's a ramekin of nice, crisp cole slaw buried beneath the tartar sauce.
"For $4 less, you can get a clam strip basket, but unless you are a bellyphobe, whole bellies are the way to go. They are big and juicy but not overly gooey; and the crust that contains them virtually melts in your mouth. There's a ramekin of nice, crisp cole slaw buried beneath the tartar sauce."
Michael Stern


Beef Barley soup: thick enough to eat with a fork.
"Beef Barley soup: thick enough to eat with a fork."
Michael Stern


A flame-broiled double cheeseburger, homemade onion rings, and a thick chocolate malt in the fresh air make for fine eating.
"A flame-broiled double cheeseburger, homemade onion rings, and a thick chocolate malt in the fresh air make for fine eating."
Mark Kaupe


This is pure fried scallop heaven (and the fries are great, too!).
"This is pure fried scallop heaven (and the fries are great, too!)."
Robin Olson


The ever-changing bulletin board at Denmo's provides plenty to read while you wait for your order to be cooked and put on a tray.
"The ever-changing bulletin board at Denmo's provides plenty to read while you wait for your order to be cooked and put on a tray."
Michael Stern


Everything's al fresco at Denmo's.
"Everything's al fresco at Denmo's."
Michael Stern


It was too cold to sit at a picnic table on this day ... but that did not stop Denmo's fans from coming to eat off their cars' dashboards.
"It was too cold to sit at a picnic table on this day ... but that did not stop Denmo's fans from coming to eat off their cars' dashboards."
Michael Stern


Denmo's sign against a bright blue sky: a nice herald of good weather -- and good weather food -- to come.
"Denmo's sign against a bright blue sky: a nice herald of good weather -- and good weather food -- to come."
Michael Stern



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