Bob’s Clam Hut – Kittery, Maine
My very good friend, Brian, and I embarked on a 3 day roadtrip around the northeast. The point of the trip was to have fun, see sights, but mainly to eat amazing food. Our first stop brought us just inside the Maine border to Bob’s Clam Hut. I have been going to Bob’s longer than I can remember (it has been around since 1956) and it was just as packed as ever, there was actually a parking lot attendant showing people where to park because it was so full. There were still tables available and though the line looked long it went by very quickly. I had a clam strip basket which comes with fries, cole slaw and a dinner roll ($12.95) and Brian had a grilled cheese sandwich and fries ($3.90). The menu is huge, burgers, sandwiches, chicken, hot dogs and probably every type of shellfish you can imagine and it’s completely fresh. My heaping plate of clams were golden and tasted absolutely gorgeous. You could taste the sea but not in a disgusting salty way. It was like eating tiny pieces of deep fried gold. The fries were hot and crispy and the huge cup of coleslaw was delicious. The grilled cheese looked delicious and I’m sure if I had tried to touch Brian would have ripped my hand off.
Final Rating – 5. It would be sacrilegious to give it anything less. This classic roadside seafood restaurant has stood the test of time. For anyone even remotely near the area it should be a must. This is without a doubt one of America’s great road restaurants.
Check out the beginning of the road trip and bob’s clam hut in this video