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Westfair Fish & Chips

1781 Post Rd. East, Westport, CT - (203) 255-3184
Posted By Michael Stern on 12/24/2004 3:52:00 PM
Westfair Fish & Chips is an unlikely eatery set back from Route One in otherwise posh Westport. Operating in the good old-fashioned eat-in-the-rough manner, it is little more than a kitchen with an order window and a few tables scattered about to which customers tote there own food on cardboard plates. There are picnic-style accommodations outside for good weather dining.

One prominent feature of the interior is a lobster tank; and many customers come here to buy them whole for cooking at home. "Hot lobster roll" heads the blackboard menu, and if we hadn't been jonesing for fried clams, we definitely would have tried it. Next time, for sure.

We were not at all unhappy to have an all-fried meal: clams with crusty golden cases and shrimp that were snapping fresh inside their crunch. We only regret not having ordered onion rings (75 cents extra).

Frying is the specialty of the house, and you can get whole clams, clam strips, sole, scallops, shrimp, oysters and squid ... accompanied, of course, by French fries (or baked potato or onion rings). Most of the fish are also available broiled; and the menu includes linguine with clam sauce and baked stuffed shrimp. It is important to note that whatever fish you get, you should definitely avail yourself of Westfair tartar sauce. It is bright with lemony zest and a great companion to seafood.

Also on the hit list for our next visit is chowder. Three kinds are available: New England, Manhattan, and Rhode Island. And lobster bisque sounds pretty tempting, too.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Fried Shrimp
Rhode Island Clam Chowder
Hot Lobster Roll
While Belly Fried Clams
New England Clam Chowder
Crab Cake
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This mountain of fried clams is mostly whole bellies, with a few strips thrown in for variety's sake. French fries are served on the side. (Photo taken on the armrest of the car, where we dined.)
"This mountain of fried clams is mostly whole bellies, with a few strips thrown in for variety's sake. French fries are served on the side. (Photo taken on the armrest of the car, where we dined.)"
Michael Stern





What the blackboard menu calls 'Rhode Island' chowder is found also along the shore in much of Connecticut: a dairy-free soup dedicated to the oceanic flavor of clams.
"What the blackboard menu calls 'Rhode Island' chowder is found also along the shore in much of Connecticut: a dairy-free soup dedicated to the oceanic flavor of clams."
Michael Stern


This is about all there is to the inside of Westfair Fish & Chips. That's a lobster tank at the left. Outside of camera range on the left is the order window, and off to the right is a case holding cold sodas.
"This is about all there is to the inside of Westfair Fish & Chips. That's a lobster tank at the left. Outside of camera range on the left is the order window, and off to the right is a case holding cold sodas."
Michael Stern


I want to call the New England chowder creamy because it has such a plush flavor, but it isn't at all thick, nor is it obscenely rich -- just a lovely balance of ocean and dairy flavors.
"I want to call the New England chowder creamy because it has such a plush flavor, but it isn't at all thick, nor is it obscenely rich -- just a lovely balance of ocean and dairy flavors."
Michael Stern


Shrimp are available broiled or fried, in a 10-piece order or a six-piece order, alone or with French fries, onion rings and/or cole slaw.
"Shrimp are available broiled or fried, in a 10-piece order or a six-piece order, alone or with French fries, onion rings and/or cole slaw."
Michael Stern


Westfair's hot lobster roll seems not to contain any butter. But that's OK, because the lobster is so buttery itself that it scarcely could get any richer. The toasted bun is irrelevant, too, except as a pedestal for all that fresh-from-the-shell meat.
"Westfair's hot lobster roll seems not to contain any butter. But that's OK, because the lobster is so buttery itself that it scarcely could get any richer. The toasted bun is irrelevant, too, except as a pedestal for all that fresh-from-the-shell meat."
Michael Stern


We had driven past this place a hundred times before our friend Diane Slovak clued us in to it. You don't actually see it from the road, but you will know you've arrived when you see the Westfair Fish Market out in front.
"We had driven past this place a hundred times before our friend Diane Slovak clued us in to it. You don't actually see it from the road, but you will know you've arrived when you see the Westfair Fish Market out in front."
Michael Stern


Portions are big at Westfair, so if a large amount of clams or shrimp seems too monomaniacal, you might want to choose a half-and-half dinner. This one is piled onto a nest of the kitchen's lovely onion rings.
"Portions are big at Westfair, so if a large amount of clams or shrimp seems too monomaniacal, you might want to choose a half-and-half dinner. This one is piled onto a nest of the kitchen's lovely onion rings."
Michael Stern


Here's the menu posted adjacent to the order window. We're definitely going for the hot lobster roll next time we visit.
"Here's the menu posted adjacent to the order window. We're definitely going for the hot lobster roll next time we visit."
Michael Stern


A modest-sized crab cake with sweet, fresh-meat flavor and enough filler to add spice and texture. It reminds me of a really good turkey stuffing with a pronounced seafood flavor and the added attraction of crusty outsides.
"A modest-sized crab cake with sweet, fresh-meat flavor and enough filler to add spice and texture. It reminds me of a really good turkey stuffing with a pronounced seafood flavor and the added attraction of crusty outsides."
Michael Stern


Jane and I have eaten our way through much of the Westfair menu, but no matter what else we get, we always share at least a small order of the excellent fried shrimp.
"Jane and I have eaten our way through much of the Westfair menu, but no matter what else we get, we always share at least a small order of the excellent fried shrimp."
Michael Stern



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