Four of us tried our luck at Freddy's Lobster & Clams in Bethesda. It set us back $96 including tip. The place is set up with take-out service as well as dine-in both inside and outside. Service was ok, though the place was not terribly busy (Sunday evening), they seemed understaffed. Parking was tough; there are more restaurants per square block in Bethesda than in any other town in the state, perhaps the eastern seaboard.
The menu is primarily limited to fish and shellfish, which you would expect to be at least very good. This was not the case. We were looking forward to having steamers and ordered them for an appetizer, but they were out even though delivery day was the previous day. We were encouraged that the fish would be fresh so instead we ordered a small bucket of mussels served with a toasted hot dog bun, which was strange, (mussels were good but a little undercooked) and fried calamari (good).
The four of us had a variety of seafood. Whole belly clams were underwhelming and extremely rubbery. Though we tried to share them, only a third of this expensive dish was eaten. Clam strips were better, though still not very sweet and also much of it was left on the plate. 2 Haddock filet sandwiches were ordered. The first got 2 bites from 2 people and tossed back onto the plate because it was slimy. The second miraculously disappeared into our hollo- legged college student. Why didn't we get the lobster rolls? They were hilariously expensive (18.95) for the tiny serving size of the orders we saw being served around us.
Soda was fine. Beer was fine. We passed on the unappealing dessert list.
Freddy's was overpriced and served us poorly prepared seafood. Two of the fried items tasted of overused oil. Do they only change one frying tank?
Overall, the dinning experience was bad. We left a good tip for the hard running server, but we will not return for more palate and wallet abuse.
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