I had to go up to Massachusetts, and stopped at Denmo's as I was craving belly clams. Boy, was I not sorry! The editor review is right on: this place is great. Conveniently located just a few minutes off of Route 84, this little clam shack is a gem.
I ordered a large basket of whole belly clams, which came with French fries, tartar sauce, a lemon, and coleslaw. The clams were served on buttered toast. These clams were perfect: lightly breaded, perfectly gooey, and unbelievably delicious. I'm not sure why the clams were on top of the toast, but even that was really delectable!
I also ordered a lobster roll. Now this was the lobster roll to end all lobster rolls! Warm lobster (and these were big pieces of claw, tail, and leg meat) served on a large buttered, grilled hot dog bun. No mayonnaise. Absolute perfection.
I stopped back the next day on my way home and ordered the same exact thing, packed them away in my cooler, and headed home. I cannot wait to stop there again.
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As result of seeing Denmo's on Roadfood.com, my party of five stopped there on 9/6/03, passing through town on I-84. I guess arriving just after the Sat. night dinner rush was not a good time for testing this facility. Though all food items we tried were in the good to very good range, and prices were good, the atmosphere that night left lots to be desired. Business was still pretty good at 7PM, but the line moved quickly, and food was served hot and quickly. The outdoor tables "could" make for a nice atmosphere, but the cleanliness did not. Tables were dirty, trash cans overflowing, and we did not see an employee outside until we had finished eating. We felt sorry for the kid sent out to clean up the mess, as he did not know where to start. He began by bringing in three piles of trays that had been left on top of the trash cans, and was probably the reason they sent him, that being the need for more trays, not actually the desparate need to clean up. Also, though the single rest room was not as bad as we thought it might be, the heavy scent of garbage in the area was enough to turn your stomach.
After dinner, we ate our ice cream in the car in order to vacate the area. One of the grand kids had to use the rest room, in a bad way, and was made more of an emergency when the man in front of her accidentally locked the door on his way out. An employee was summoned with a set of keys that failed to open the lock, and only his obvious past experience of opening the lock with a piece of a cardboard tray saved the day. Inside was a warning to unlock the handle when leaving or the door will lock. This to us was another bad sign of poor management, as why not fix the door, and not cause such inconvenience to customers, especially little ones. Such problems always makes us wonder what kind of shortcuts are being made in the kitchen.
For those who may go there at a better time, we did enjoy or lobster roll, whole clams, hot dogs, hamburger, and one of our two little ones raved over the chicken pamesean sandwich he ate without the torpedo roll it was served on. The ice cream was in the excellent category. However, they should have an express line for ice cream, as it was only because of the kids that we endured a long wait for dessert.
We will not likely return, as it is not on our normal travel route, and the conditions would not pull us to make the 40 minute drive from home, as many other Roadhouse sites do.
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