Clams at Belle Isle
Just visited Belle Isle Lobster & Seafood for lunch for the first time. For those of you who haven't been, this is a fish market that also has an extensive menu of fried, baked, grilled, and cajun seafood, also some stuff like burgers and chicken fingers.
I ordered the clam dinner, which was a plate piled high with clams (medium bellies, no bigs available), fries, onion rings, and slaw. The fry job was good, but greasy, the clams themselves were not so great - not sweet and a little too fishy. Onion rings were very good (again, greasy), fries and slaw were run-of-the-mill. The plate was $14.50.
Clams were several notches below the Clam Box for me; it might do in a pinch, but if you're the neighborhood looking for clams, I recommend Royal Roast Beef, right down the street. I'm thinking about going back for the lobster roll and/or pie, which have gotten some good reviews on this board (anyone tried them recently?).
There is very limited seating, maybe 7 stools at a counter. The location is on rte 145 (Saratoga St.) RIGHT by the Winthrop line, on a busy street but with some nice views of the water.
I went last summer for the much touted lobster roll......not impressed. The meat was overlfowing as promised, but not the freshest. My BF's fish and chips was overly greasy. The seating was horribly dirty and there were live and dead flies everywhere......
The only time I've been there I had a wonderfully moist broiled swordfish for around $10 and change! We ate at the beach because you really don't want to eat there.
I've tried the clams a couple of times. I found that the batter did not stick to the clam. Tried the fried oysters once, not bad but can't remember much more about them. My wife had the lobster pie once and enjoyed it very much.
As for Royal Roast Beef, I brought a crab salad roll home for my wife. She found that it was made from artificial crab. Not a good sign.