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Jun 26, 2009 10:01 AM

Legals-shrinking portions or anomoly? [moved from Boston board]

On our way back from a trip to California, my wife and I stopped off at the Legals C Bar for our usual bowls of clam chowder and calamari appetizer. We were surprised to find that portions for both were considerably smaller than normal, despite the normal prices. Has anyone else seem this or did we just get a bad waiter/order? Look forward to hearing from others.

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  1. I have actually noticed this as well. On a recent trip to the Chestnut Hill location my DC noticed that the normal portion of fried clams was much smaller than usual, and definitely the same price...

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    1. re: fmcoxe6188

      The "trick" I use when ordering the clam plate at Legal is to ask for the fries on the side. That way, you get a decent portion of clams and not just a platter of fries with some clams.

      1. re: lizziee

        I'm skeptical about that approach. A corporate restaurant like Legal normally would have fairly strict portion controls in place, irrespective of how it's plated. I certainly could be wrong, but I don't think it's up to the line chef to decide how much clams to give you.

        1. re: Blumie

          I would tend to agree. They are most likely weighed.

          1. re: hargau

            I noticed this same extreme downsizing trend with my frequent $15 grilled shrimp salad at the Braintree location. Three months ago there used to be 8-9 shrimps. Then one day suddenly there were four shrimps. Then the next week I noticed there were only four shrimps so I complained with the waiter and the manager demanding a couple more shrimps. Last month I came back and there were 5 shrimps. I am not sure if I should complain to corporate but I just haven't been back and don't plan to be back to pay $15 bucks for some salad and 4 or 5 shrimps! People are not blind, if anything they're more perceptive than ever before.

    2. Perhaps it's no trick. This is always the trend when a recession is in. Not only will you notice smaller portions but the next step is lower quality. Those shrimps somebody mentioned will start to resemble "half shrimp" as they'll cut them in two.

      The sad thing is you can't really fault the place for doing this. They're just trying to "hang around" and ride it out. Otherwise a lot more places will be closing.