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Clam Shack

Route 9, Kennebunkport, ME - (207) 967-2560
Posted By Gene Scothorn on 9/7/2004 8:26:00 PM
To our chagrin, my wife Connie and I missed the Clam Shack on most of our numerous trips to Kennybunkport. This was simply because the restaurant is so small and inconspicuous. However, after reading of it in Road Food, I made a point to try it. We both ordered the lobster roll and were won over with the first bite! Not only is the lobster first rate (without the work of cracking the shell) but the bun is the best roll I've ever tasted.

The rolls are made especially for the Clam Shack by a bakery near Boston and are fresh daily. The lobster is the choice meat and fresh. You can have your roll with mayonaise or dripping with (artery clogging, but utteryly wonderful)melted butter.

We've always loved Kennybunkport, but we now we go there just to to eat at the Clam Shack anytime we are remotely close. If fact, we drove at least a hundred miles out of the way for a second helping the last time we were there. This time, however, we really pigged-out and bought three lobster rolls to share. We each ate one whole one, then my wife ate the lobster out of the third and I (very contentedly)gobbled down the roll.

This is definitely DO NOT MISS eatery!

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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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