Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Bob's Clam Hut, Kittery
Martha Stewart has dined here. And just about everyone else who loves fresh seafood and happens to find themselves on the southern Maine coast. It's a perennial favorite of locals and summer visitors and residents. It may not be fancy but it, without a doubt, boasts the quintessential Maine clam hut experience. Yes, we're talking about Bob's Clam Hut in Kittery, Maine.
We're one of the few food blogs who was allowed behind the scenes during the busy lunchtime rush on a perfectly sunny but cool day recently. Other than the great food our biggest takeaway was the sense of family and fun that everyone seems to be having.
We helped Max Berman work the front window order line. Well, we didn't really help but we were there. On a good day he'll serve up hundreds of pounds of lobster in lobster rolls to people from literally all over the world.
Pat Licardo took our order. She's been doing this for over fifteen years, always happy to suggest menu items to first-time visitors.
We started off with a taste of the Lobster Stew. Delicious chunks of Maine lobster and potato in a rich, buttery but not overly thick broth.
And what could be better than a lobster roll? An absolute classic, light on the mayo and heavy on the lobster.
Fried seafood selections are also excellent. Bob's uses local scallops. We had dined the very night before on fried scallops and these were, hands down, superior. As were the fried clams. I'm sure it has to do with their fastidious attention to clean oil used for all the deep frying.
There are lots of clam shacks that dot the roads in Downeast Maine but Bob's has been in operation since 1956 and the lines of hungry patrons every day attest to the fact that they are still number one. Year after year they receive awards and accolades from major media outposts from Forbes to the Food Network. You absolutely cannot beat the experience. So, when you go be sure to say hello to Pat or Max for us until we're back again.
Bob's Clam Hut
315 U. S. Route One
Kittery, ME 03904