We have eaten here for over 40 years. Much has changed over the years from the building to the recipes. Those who complain about the style of restaurant need to know or remember that this is basically a converted drive in with minimal seating and outdoor tables to what it is today. It has never been or probably will never be a sit down with waiters type of place. We ate there the other day in the rain and was glad it is no longer a stand at the order window outside type of place. Maine has always had seafood fried in either batter or crumbs. The crumbs were always too coarse for my taste, but this time the fried clams I had in crumbs were just right. The crumb batter is ground to a finer consistency and more resembled what I am used to in NH. My wife's shrimp (native) were good, but the oil must have been too cool as they were slightly greasy indicating the the frying oil wasn't hot enough. The fries were spot on and the slaw was tasty. The portion size was Large, surprisingly so, and we didn't leave still hungry.
While prices today are high for seafood, Clambake is really no pricier than the competition and based on serving size I didn't feel ripped off at all. The place was clean, the staff was smiling & friendly and the restrooms were clean. In the tradition of Maine drive ins, Clambake still serves a pretty good meal at competitive prices in an upscale drive in type diner. We WILL be back next time we are in the area.
Oh, and in all the years I have eaten there I have never seen ANY frozen seafood or lobstah!
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