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Denmo's Snack & Dairy Bar

346 Main St. S., Southbury, CT - (203) 264-4626
Posted By Lauren Zalewski on 10/11/2008 3:10:00 PM
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 large basket of whole belly clams, which came with French fries, tartar sauce, a lemon, and coleslaw. The clams were served on buttered toast. These clams were perfect: lightly breaded, perfectly gooey, and unbelievably delicious. I'm not sure why the clams were on top of the toast, but even that was really delectable!

I also ordered a lobster roll. Now this was the lobster roll to end all lobster rolls! Warm lobster (and these were big pieces of claw, tail, and leg meat) served on a large buttered, grilled hot dog bun. No mayonnaise. Absolute perfection.

I stopped back the next day on my way home and ordered the same exact thing, packed them away in my cooler, and headed home. I cannot wait to stop there again.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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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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