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272 Pequot Ave, New London, CT 06320
(860) 447-1301
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    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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The quintessential clam shack. Gets incredibly busy in the summer, with speedy service. Great views and friendly local crowd. Deep fried classics.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 10, 2015
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New London, Connecticut
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I really do not like it when a restaurant or any other place states it is famous. Maybe for the local area but certainly not nationwide. Food is just average and overpriced. You can get better fish and chips at a local pizzeria. The one good value is the soft serve ice cream. The people are very nice.

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New London, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Hotdogs! Did anyone say hotdog! This place has great dogs and gets good wifi, too. It is a great place to sit and troll on the internet while eating a dog and fries. This is a walk-to place, so walk to it and you won't be complaining about parking. And bring your laptop or phone and wifi away the evening.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015 via mobile

The quintessential clam shack. Gets incredibly busy in the summer, with speedy service. Great views and friendly local crowd. Deep fried classics.

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Groton, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Best hot dogs around. Outdoor seating by the water .All there there food is great has been open since early 70s. service outstanding and family run very busy in summer, only opem from may to October. If in new London a must visit

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Dover, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I’ve been here before. This was my friend’s first visit. We stopped here in mid-afternoon of looking at New London Ledge Lighthouse and New London Harbor Lighthouse further south on Pequot Avenue. Luckily, parking wasn’t an issue. There are only about a dozen parking spaces in front of this popular walk-up fried food and ice cream stand. We both had... More 

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Clinton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Excellent burgers and fries, only thing I ever had because they are so good! Juicy with all the trimmings, thin, tasty fries. Can't beat the view, Thames River, outdoor seating only. will close on Oct 12th for the season, pick a nice day to enjoy a very reasonable treat.Bet the seafood is as good! Next year will try it!

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Claremore, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

We found Fred's after leaving Mystic. We had the chowder, very rich & full of tender clams. We also shared the fried clam basket & an order of whole belly clams. We had more food than we could finish & everything was delicious. The folks working there were friendly & helpful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 via mobile

My parents have been taking me to Fred's since I was a child. I love the foot long hot dogs and the full belly class and calm chowder are crowd pleasers. You know summer is close when they open. It's something r to look forward too during the long New England winters.

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Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We ordered the fish sandwich which was very hot and fresh and tasty! The better was light and perfectly cooked. The fish was flaky and piping hot. Service was fast and friendly. Situated on the road next to the harbor, with outdoor seating. Very casual and fitting for a fresh fish meal. T-shirts are very cute as well!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Growing up, Fred's was, and still is today the go to place for comfort food in New London. It is quick, relatively inexpensive, and tasty. I highly suggest their foot long chili cheese dog. The fried belly claims are also a staple. An added bonus about the place is its outdoor seating with marina views.

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  • Address: 272 Pequot Ave, New London, CT 06320
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  New London
  • Phone Number: (860) 447-1301

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