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Jun 19, 2013 10:48 AM

Soft Shell Sandwiches at Fresh Pond Seafood

I had already eaten and was just picking up some fish. I know what I'm doing for lunch tomorrow. It was $7 or $8 and I think came with fries.

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  1. Do you know whether they are using fresh or frozen soft shells and where they come from (US East Coast vs. Asia)? Sounds like a great deal worth trying!

    I picked up some pristine and delicious halibut steaks there on Sunday - it almost seemed wrong to turn one into grilled fish tacos...

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    1. re: rlh

      They sell fresh at the fish counter so I think it's fresh but never asked. I think FPS lunch specials are a great deal. Fried Clams (with bellies) fries, cole slaw AND a cup of great fish chowder for $12.99 is delicious and a steal. I've had teh soft shell sandwich once and it was OK and a bargain ($7.99) but detracted by low grade roll, tomato and lettuce.

      1. re: rlh

        Haven't had the fried sandwich...but regarding fresh at the counter, I've picked up 2 every week for the last few last few weeks and they are always alive prior to being cleaned. They were specifically noted as being from Maryland on my last visit (Sunday). $5.99/ea. Not quite as big as the whales at New Deal for $7.99 but well worth the price.

        1. re: rlh

          Hah, I just bot a Halibut steak... pretty sure the soft shells are Fresh Maryland...

        2. BT's smoke house had fresh crab sandwiches. BT used fresh live soft shell crabs. Great but caloric.

          1. Well, so went back for lunch today...

            The good: The crab was very fresh, tasty, and perfectly fried.

            The bad:
            1 - I got the price wrong, $10.99
            2 - The fries were freshly fried but a bit limp
            3 - The crab was on the small side

            The ugly:
            The little sealed tub of Ken's brand tartar sauce they served it with was disgusting. I don't do tartar sauce on softies, but I had to try it. If I was stuck with this for fried clams or worse, a fish sandwich I would be bummed.

            The wierd: They asked if I wanted cheese on the sanwich, really, on a softie?

            Bottom line. I'd do it again in a pinch, but I've had better.

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            1. re: StriperGuy

              Sounded better at $7-8..:)

              Hook's was selling mediums uncooked with no fries for $6 or 7 the other day.

              1. re: 9lives

                Uncooked mediums were $6 I think.

                1. re: 9lives

                  At $8 I'd eat it once a week. At $11 they are falling a little short. Rather go to Strip Ts for their version any day.

                  1. re: 9lives

                    Courthouse is still in your price range, serves a jumbo on a fresh Portuguese roll (papo seco), and has decent housemade tarter sauce. Is worth calling ahead to check they have them, because they'll send someone over to the fish market to get some if not on hand (so you aren't waiting). The fries are basic food service brand, but they were back to frying them properly on a recent visit. The cole slaw went downhill several years ago (far too sweet). Not very close to Concord though.

                    1. re: itaunas

                      I couldn't exactly reverse engineer my bill or order as I bought fish cakes and smelts (plus (pesky Cam bridge 8.45% meal tax). However, I am thinking the current price for the Courthouse SSC sandwich with fries is $9.99, not $8.99. You can also buy the crabs in the market and have them cook them in the restaurant if you don't want to eat bread or fries.

                      1. re: itaunas

                        Meals tax in Cambridge is 7.00%. The only allowed rates for meals tax in Massachusetts are 6.25% (the basic state rate) and 7.00% (in towns that collect the additional .75% "local option). Perhaps you're thinking of the hotel room state sales tax, which is indeed 8.45% in Cambridge (and Boston, Worcester, Chicopee, Springfield and West Springfield); local option rooms tax may increase that. But if anyone charges more than 7% on meals anywhere in this state, they're wrong.

                  2. re: StriperGuy

                    Thanks for the report back. Bummer about the Ken's tartar; is this the normal option there or just what they give with this sandwich? Also, cheese with crab, gross.

                    1. re: Klunco

                      It looked to me like that was there standard tartar sauce.

                      1. re: StriperGuy

                        Yeah, when they opened I asked if they had homemade tartar and they told me the only tartar was on top of the counter. At the time it was McCormick's...gross.

                  3. Just had a fried clam roll there for lunch. $12.99 for a rather large order of medium belly clams on a gorgeously butter griddled roll with fried.

                    Fry job on the clams and french fries was perfection! The clams were glorious/delicious.

                    Dang I have a new local for my fried clams. I'd say they were even a smidge better than the ones I've had at Twin Seafood in Concord.

                    Only quibble is the Ken's tarter sauce. But it honestly wasn't that bad...

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                    1. re: StriperGuy

                      Hi Striper: I really like the fried clams at Fresh Pond. I recall though that they has a fried clam plate with fries and cup of chowder for 12.99. Has this changed to a clam roll?

                      1. re: gourmaniac

                        Hmmm, I must've missed that one.

                        The full size fried clam plate (comes with slaw too) was more $ but I forget how much. Honestly the clam roll was PLENTY for me.

                      2. re: StriperGuy

                        Quick addition, after lunch bot some bluefish and flounder to take home (in the cooler in my trunk) for dinner.

                        Both were glisteningly fresh and delicious that evening. The bluefish was some of the freshest I've ever had short of catching it myself.