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Clam Shack

Route 9, Kennebunkport, ME - (207) 967-2560
Posted By Robert Timm on 9/28/2007 11:58:00 PM
We are big Roadfood fans and have discovered many fantastic places through this book. However, I would have to say the Clam Shack in Kennebunkport was a giant disappointment after visiting so many other lobster pounds and seafood shacks on the Maine coast. We stopped in at The Clam Shack anticipating what has been called the "best lobster roll" anywhere, but this was far from it, espeically for the exorbitant prices they now charge due to the marketing hype.

We ordered lobster rolls and onion rings. Our ideal of a master lobster roll is a healthy size sausage-style bun, crisp and toasted, with dressed lobster absolutely dripping with butter. The lobster rolls do contain a healthy amount of lobster meat, but the meat was average in taste and texture and the "butter" we ordered with it was nothing more than a thin veneer on the bun. The buns themselves were little more than average hamburger-style buns, nothing distinctive. The onion rings were frankly cheap and greasy and not something you want to eat unless you have the Pepto handy for getting back on the road.

Nothing tragic, just disappointing considering it was a major cash payout for lunch and so hyped. We easily found several other places within Maine, some from the Roadfood book, that were miles above the Clam Shack.

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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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