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Johnny Ad's

910 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook, CT - (860) 388-4032
Posted By Michael Stern on 4/21/2015 3:19:00 PM
Although it feels like a summer place, Johnny Ad’s is open year around; and other than the deck of picnic tables that make outdoor dining here along Route One such a pleasure, there is a whole indoor dining room for shoreline feasting.

This is a shoreline restaurant, make no mistake about that. Featured menu items include fragile-crusted whole belly clams (or clam strips, if that’s what you prefer), shrimp, scallops, calamari, and soft-shell crab, all available either on a plate with fries and cole slaw or in a roll, which is a toasted buttered bun.

Among the superior seafood rolls available is a hot lobster roll: hunks of warm pink meat bathed in butter and nestled in one of those long, tender buns. It is also possible to get a cool lobster salad roll, the pieces of lobster bound with mayonnaise. The latter is more typical of New England; the hot roll is a Connecticut specialty, and a lobster-lover’s delight.

K.A. Bowen, who tipped us off to Johnny Ad’s highly recommended we also try a hot dog. It’s a beauty, alright, a plump, foot-long Hummel that tastes especially right when blanketed with chili and cheese.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Lobster Roll
French fries
Foot Long Hot Dog
Onion Rings
Fried Clams
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The preferred way to get your foot-long at Johnny Ad's is blanketed with chili and cheese. This one has mustard and relish. Note the taut natural casing.
"The preferred way to get your foot-long at Johnny Ad's is blanketed with chili and cheese. This one has mustard and relish. Note the taut natural casing."
Michael Stern





This is the way Yankee cooks prepare buns for hot dogs or seafood rolls. They are designed to be split vertically on top and toasted on the griddle to a good crisp ... while the inside stays tender.
"This is the way Yankee cooks prepare buns for hot dogs or seafood rolls. They are designed to be split vertically on top and toasted on the griddle to a good crisp ... while the inside stays tender."
Michael Stern


The warm pink meat spills out of a hot lobster roll. It's good that the roll comes in a firm paper sheath, for midway through the moist lobster and its butter have mostly dissolved the toasted roll.
"The warm pink meat spills out of a hot lobster roll. It's good that the roll comes in a firm paper sheath, for midway through the moist lobster and its butter have mostly dissolved the toasted roll."
Michael Stern


You know you're in Connecticut if the menu lists both cold and hot lobster rolls.
"You know you're in Connecticut if the menu lists both cold and hot lobster rolls."
Michael Stern


These fries deserve very high status among Connecticut clam shacks.
"These fries deserve very high status among Connecticut clam shacks."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Notice how the cook cut the cheese slice in half in order to cover the length of the dog. The Mexican-spiced chili was very meaty with tomato chunks and drippy juices.
"Notice how the cook cut the cheese slice in half in order to cover the length of the dog. The Mexican-spiced chili was very meaty with tomato chunks and drippy juices."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Though these onion rings were definitely better than most, I’d still opt for Johnny Ad’s better fries next time.
"Though these onion rings were definitely better than most, I’d still opt for Johnny Ad’s better fries next time."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Johnny Ad's motto: 'The Little Seafood Restaurant with the Big Ocean Taste.'
"Johnny Ad's motto: 'The Little Seafood Restaurant with the Big Ocean Taste.'"
Michael Stern



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