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Lenny's

205 S. Montowese St., Branford, CT - (203) 488-1500
Posted By maureen roussel on 12/16/2005 8:57:00 PM
I found Lenny's while surfing online for fried clams (with bellies). We travelled well over a hundred miles to try them, and it was well worth the trip. The food was excellent.

We're formerly from the New Hampshire/Maine area, and we thought it would be tough to beat the fried clams from that region, but beat it they did. We now live in Upstate NY and will make the trip again soon. Lenny's is open Sundays at noon and it's quite uncrowded at that time. The rest of the seafood menu is also delectable, including homemade chowder.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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The broth in which these cherrystones rest is one of the greatest appetizers on earth.  On the side comes a half loaf of good crusty bread for dunking.
"The broth in which these cherrystones rest is one of the greatest appetizers on earth. On the side comes a half loaf of good crusty bread for dunking."
Michael Stern





The crust on these fried shrimp fairly melts on your tongue; the shrimp themselves are firm, fresh, and sweet.
"The crust on these fried shrimp fairly melts on your tongue; the shrimp themselves are firm, fresh, and sweet."
Michael Stern


New England shortcake is made on a biscuit; its sweetness is all the the berries and juice.
"New England shortcake is made on a biscuit; its sweetness is all the the berries and juice."
Michael Stern


The Indian Neck section of Branford is an unspoiled bit of coast that makes us think of what life was like along the shore several decades ago.  Lenny's feels like it hasn't changed much at all in its 30+ years.
"The Indian Neck section of Branford is an unspoiled bit of coast that makes us think of what life was like along the shore several decades ago. Lenny's feels like it hasn't changed much at all in its 30+ years."
Michael Stern


The interior of Lenny's is dark and atmospheric.  This window throws lovely light across a table, especially if the table is crowded with seafood and beer.
"The interior of Lenny's is dark and atmospheric. This window throws lovely light across a table, especially if the table is crowded with seafood and beer."
Michael Stern


Usually a clam roll is a small portion as opposed to a clam plate, a large one. This clam roll was so bountiful that the roll itself was almost entirely eclipsed. The clams are among the shoreline's best: meaty and sweet, encased in an elegant, lightweight crust.
"Usually a clam roll is a small portion as opposed to a clam plate, a large one. This clam roll was so bountiful that the roll itself was almost entirely eclipsed. The clams are among the shoreline's best: meaty and sweet, encased in an elegant, lightweight crust."
Michael Stern


I excavated into the clam roll and found the bun. It's a good one -- split, buttered and grilled -- but rather useless in hoisting clams from plate to mouth.
"I excavated into the clam roll and found the bun. It's a good one -- split, buttered and grilled -- but rather useless in hoisting clams from plate to mouth."
Michael Stern


Not to slight Lenny's luxurious New England style chowder nor the fantastic zuppa d'clams, but this clear-broth clam chowder is authoritative. Not for seafood-frowners, it is redolent of ocean flavor, a bracing appetizer.
"Not to slight Lenny's luxurious New England style chowder nor the fantastic zuppa d'clams, but this clear-broth clam chowder is authoritative. Not for seafood-frowners, it is redolent of ocean flavor, a bracing appetizer."
Michael Stern


Lenny's cocktail sauce and tartar sauce, served in large squeeze bottles, are superb.
"Lenny's cocktail sauce and tartar sauce, served in large squeeze bottles, are superb."
Michael Stern


Lenny's is far off the beaten path, but well worth finding if you are in search of exemplary shoreline seafood.
"Lenny's is far off the beaten path, but well worth finding if you are in search of exemplary shoreline seafood."
Michael Stern



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