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Clam Shack

Route 9, Kennebunkport, ME - (207) 967-2560
Posted By Jon Jasper on 5/23/2004 9:31:00 PM
I live in Kennebunkport and recall that the first time I was ever introduced to fried clams it was at "the Shack" and they have always been as good as those first succulent morsels. After living in K-port for most of my life, and putting in 20 seasons at area restaurants, no offense to anyone, but I have had it with tourists, as have many locals. But, one of the highest compliments a local person can pay to any establishment is just to show up during the tourist season. The Clam Shack is easily one of those places even the locals will go to at the height of the season. It's just that good. There are any number of fry cooks in the area that cut their teeth working for the Jacques family, but nobody does it better. I know Steve Kingston personally and wish him the best of luck with the Shack. Steve knows good food and has a genuine concern that his customers have a good experience. Some may remember Steve as the kid with the lemonade stand at the corner of routes 35 and 9 as one comes into Kennebunkport. Steve has earned his way to the Shack through lots of hard work. You can't go wrong with the Shack. I'll see you there this summer!

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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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