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Bob's Clam Hut
Today for lunch, I had to try the real fried soft belly clams prepared the correct way. This trip wouldn't be the same without having the real fried soft belly clams. Every establishment want to offer everything bt the ones that specialize are usually the best. Bob's Clam Hut is located a little bit off the beaten path. While the commercial strip near the water is where all the action is, Bob's is locate a little inward bound, but if your palate and taste for authentic fried soft belly clams, then, you'll search high and low.
So, my daughter and I took a stroll, the weather was perfect and let our noses do the walking with little guidance.
It's a small establishment not I a touristy area but once you enter, its very clean and your menu board is easy to read.
Ahhh, fried soft belly clams, I'll order a quart. My daughter didn't know what they were. All I said was like steamers but coated with a light batter and fried. She said ok, she's training to be my sous food critic. I saw fried oysters, had to get some ans tender clam strips. Note: clams strips are not the bread type that we ll know. These were fresh clam strips. The batter for all 3 was a light fry not a heavy dark fry.
The tartar sauce was rich and creamy with a dash of sweet relish.
I took a bite of the fried soft belly clams and oh my goodness, not over fried, and the belly was creamy yet firm but oh so delicious. and a nice crunch.
The oyster were just as good. Freshness never tasted so great. and those tendersweet clams. If anyone remembers Howard Johnson's Tendersweet Clams, this is as close to them in terms of taste and crispiness.
The quart of fried soft belly clams were gone. My daughter was silent appreciating the favor and texture. A very light batter was used as to not overwhelm the clams or oysters or soft belly clams.
It was just heaven. I highly recommend this place. The neighborhood is isolated but the food more than makes up for the location. So, if your a clam eater, its the place to go.
On a scale of 1-5 and 5 being the best, I give Bob's Clam Hut a +2,000
By Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocan.com
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