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Essex Seafood today- excellent

bex77 Jun 28, 2007 11:18 PM

Quick recap as I noticed there have been some recent threads about clam bellies and lobster rolls.

Clams- Perfectly fried, and very tender, fresh clams. The absolute best I've had in a long time.

Lobster roll- My parents (who are picky about their lobster rolls!) raved about them, and I must agree after tasting it. Very, very little mayo, and very fresh lobster on a lightly toasted roll. For $14.95 (which includes a side of fries, or onion rings) I was very pleasantly surprised. I've paid twice as much-- yet this one far surpassed any of them.

I think I will be making another road trip up there very soon!

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  1. Joanie RE: bex77 Jun 29, 2007 04:33 AM

    How much were the clams going for?

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    1. re: Joanie
      Taralli RE: Joanie Jun 29, 2007 05:42 AM

      Here's what's online, but not sure it's up to date: http://essexseafood.com/ESF/menu.html

      1. re: Taralli
        ipsofatso RE: Taralli Jun 29, 2007 07:21 AM

        We paid I think 4.50/lb for steamers on the retail side fish market. I am not sure what the steamers go for in the restaurant. The fish market has excellent fresh fish from the Gloucester wholesalers and local clammers. We love their food and th lobster roll- to repeat the OP - is about the best around.

        1. re: ipsofatso
          TomH RE: ipsofatso Jun 29, 2007 07:25 AM

          Wow! $4.50/lb is pretty steep. I usually get them at the Manomet Point Lobster Pound down here in Plymouth and they are usually $2.49-2.99/lb and I think the most I have paid for them there is $3.49/lb. I think I would have to cut back on steamer consumption at that price! :)

          1. re: TomH
            galleygirl RE: TomH Jul 2, 2007 07:31 AM

            And when did you last purchase them at this price? Seafood prices seem to fluctuate on a weekly, sometimes daily basis.

            1. re: galleygirl
              TomH RE: galleygirl Jul 2, 2007 08:13 AM

              About three weeks ago. They were $2.49/lb. I bought them a few times last year as well and they were never over $3.49/lb.

      2. re: Joanie
        bex77 RE: Joanie Jun 29, 2007 08:11 AM

        If I recall correctly my "Clam Boat" was about $16.95 (with a large mound of fries too.)

        1. re: bex77
          ipsofatso RE: bex77 Jun 30, 2007 08:29 AM

          With the Red Tide, local clams are unavailable and thats what the summer market bears. In the winter when the clams are much better anyway, they are in the $2 - $3 range. Now the clams are coming from Maine and Canada, some mid-Atlantic too,

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