I've been visiting Aunt Carrie's almost every summer since I was a kid, 35 years ago. I've never had a bad experience and I've always found the prices to be reasonable. I'm particularly fond of the broiled swordfish and broiled scallops. When we visited last week, market price was about $22 for each of these dishes. I've easily paid twice that amount at other restaurants and haven't been as happy with the quality. Clam cakes don't get any better than at Aunt Carrie's, period. They're large, full of clams, and fried to just the right level of crispness. I'm baffled as to what some of the other reviewers could find to complain about.
They could definitely improve upon the salads and vegetable selection. In my experience, the salads have always been a bland serving of iceberg lettuce with a few tomatoes and a couple onions. The vegetable sides are obviously canned.
This place isn't 5-star dining. You can pretty much walk in wearing what you wore to the beach. But, if you order the right dish (in general I stay away from fried dishes), it's a unique dining experience where you can get a lot of value for your dollar. The servers are usually college or high school age kids who don't have a lot of experience, but try so hard to please it's difficult not to be enamored with them. Think of your tip as a contribution to their school fund.
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