Known for its hand-picked Seafood and award-winning Chowder (they took 1st place at the 2010 & 2011 Chowda Fest), we couldn't wait to dive right in – especially since it'd been two long years since our last New England Seafood fest, eating The Ocean State.
- the plumpest, butteriest, juiciest, sweetest, tenderest Lobster you ever ate, tempts you to ditch the roll 'cuz it's so good on its own, but who could miss that rustic crusty goodness from my roots, Sauteed Lobster Roll in Butter & White Wine on a Portuguese Roll $22
- if you're a sucker for clams like me, these sweet 'n tender babies with juice that pops in your mouth won't disappoint, Fried Whole Belly Clams served with French Fries or Onion Rings & Cole Slaw $18
- great clam savory flavor, but way too thick, almost pastey, New England Clam Chowder Bowl $7
Even though their chowda' won awards, The Lobster Roll and Fried Clams really stole the show. Don't get me wrong, I like a thick 'n creamy chowder, but this one was just too lumpy. On a high note, I've never seen a restaurant serve 3 different chowders – Manhattan (red), Rhode Island (clear broth), and New England (cream). Perhaps that was a factor at the 'fest.
As for the Lobster Roll, it was pure and simple in just a Butter & Wine Sauce. However, because it lacked that creamy white sauce which typically binds meat to the bun, I was tempted to grab my fork and pick the Lobster out, had it not been for the sweet, flakey Portuguese Roll.
Mansion's Fried Clams have got me on a mission! I wish I could find Whole Belly's as good as these on the West Coast.
Finally, I'd describe the decor as American Fish Tackle Pride, complete with Jaws looming above the Lobster tank, and a fake fisherman on the roof out back.
The service couldn't have been more fast 'n friendly too.
P.S. Go during the summa' (when it's not raining so your hair won't frizz) to take in views of the lush tree-lined river.
541 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT 06880. 203-557-4811.