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Clam Shack

Route 9, Kennebunkport, ME - (207) 967-2560
Posted By Michael Stern on 8/13/2007 11:09:00 AM
Lobster rolls at the Clam Shack are the best. Truly, the best. None better. Number one. King of all Lobster Rolls! Meat from an entire one-pound lobster is picked from the shell in immense pieces (no shreds here), loaded into a delicious locally baked roll, then drizzled with melted butter (or, if you wish, dolloped with mayonnaise). It is not a huge sandwich, dimensionally speaking, but its flavor and lobster essence is immeasurable.

As always, it is up to the customer to find a place to eat food once it is retrieved from the window of the shack. Many people just loiter on the sidewalk and eat standing up. Also, there are a couple of benches in back with a lovely view right over the water. They are conveniently located in a shady area, but put you in harm's way of the gull pirates who would swoop down and steal a clam or even a chunk of lobster out of the roll if you leave it unguarded. We managed to eat well there, but only because we did not set any of our food on the guard rail over the water. As we dined, a few angry gulls flew past squawking at us, but we bravely stood our ground and defied their threat.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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A lobster-lover's delight, the Clam Shack's rolls are loaded with all the meat from a one-pound lobster, in big succulent hunks.
"A lobster-lover's delight, the Clam Shack's rolls are loaded with all the meat from a one-pound lobster, in big succulent hunks."
Michael Stern





Here is lobster-lover's heaven: a cup of nothing but moist, tender knuckle meat fairly bursting with flavor.
"Here is lobster-lover's heaven: a cup of nothing but moist, tender knuckle meat fairly bursting with flavor."
Michael Stern


Steve Kingston, Clam Shack proprietor, worried out loud to us about his dilemma: to serve inferior clams from Canada, or to serve no clams at all? Many businesses up and down the shore don't have to worry about that issue because their clams come frozen, and are the same all the time.
"Steve Kingston, Clam Shack proprietor, worried out loud to us about his dilemma: to serve inferior clams from Canada, or to serve no clams at all? Many businesses up and down the shore don't have to worry about that issue because their clams come frozen, and are the same all the time."
Michael Stern


Fried clam quality depends on how the clams are running. During my last visit, they were running fine, and this was one heck of a delicious clam roll.
"Fried clam quality depends on how the clams are running. During my last visit, they were running fine, and this was one heck of a delicious clam roll."
Michael Stern


A must-stop destination for clam (and lobster) lovers.
"A must-stop destination for clam (and lobster) lovers."
Michael Stern


While there is no formal dining area at the Clam Shack, these makeshift seats are a good place to dine. They'll even boil a lobster for you inside the store next to the shack.
"While there is no formal dining area at the Clam Shack, these makeshift seats are a good place to dine. They'll even boil a lobster for you inside the store next to the shack."
Michael Stern


Parked next to the Clam Shack
"Parked next to the Clam Shack"
Michael Stern


Richard Jacques founded The Clam Shack, and in 2001 sold it to Steve Kingson, a local boy who learned the ropes across the bridge at Marie's ice cream.  Steve has promised long-time fans he has no intention of changing anything about this marvelous eatery.
"Richard Jacques founded The Clam Shack, and in 2001 sold it to Steve Kingson, a local boy who learned the ropes across the bridge at Marie's ice cream. Steve has promised long-time fans he has no intention of changing anything about this marvelous eatery."
Michael Stern



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