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hargau Aug 18, 2013 05:25 AM

Went to Kimballs in Lancaster last night and had the seafood platter $23.95
Thing was huge, fresh and fried to perfection.
Hard to tell in the photo but there are fries and cole slaw at the bottom. 2 large fillets of fish, about a dozen or so sea scallops, 1/2 dozen or so large shrimp, clams on top. (i got strips , yea i know i know..lets not go down that road again.. but it comes with whole clams by default)... Two of us split it and still had leftovers.
Then we got our favorite flavor ice cream (which they usually dont have till fall), gingersnap molasses. We love that stuff, cant get enough..

 
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    treb Aug 18, 2013 05:56 AM

    Scallops are huge , nice plate!

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      kreptol Aug 18, 2013 05:58 AM

      Interesting... had a couple ice creams this summer at the Westford location (caramel cashew chip and raspberry chip) and I have been getting worried Kimball's is going downhill. They were both served melted and had a gloppy consistency and didn't seem to be as creamy as in years past and I am starting to become a bigger fan of Laloo's goat milk ice cream on the higher end (it is heaven on earth at $7/pint at some Hannaford, WF, and Shaw's) and Blue Bunny natural frozen yogurt at the lower end.

      I liked the grilled chicken salad though and it was priced reasonable at $8.95. Do they have any good grilled seafood? Would love to get that plate but prepped grilled if they have it.

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        Bellachefa Aug 18, 2013 09:41 AM

        I haven't been to Kimball's in Westford in years. Back in the 70's we'd load into the station wagon once a year for dinner which were banana splits - huge! bigger then our heads and gloppy and sticky, with half of it left in a puddle of cream. Maybe it's time to return for a clam and a cone instead?

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          bear Aug 18, 2013 10:42 AM

          It's a very different place these days, except for the size of the ice cream dishes. I'm always torn between fried clams and lobster rolls during my annual visit. Both are good and well-priced. I think hargau's seafood plate photo speaks for itself.

          Perfect after a round of mini-golf or a go on the bumper boats, a visit to the animal tent, a trip to the batting cages...or myriad other new additions. They're taking over Westford! Great place for families, but not a cheap day if you partake of all the entertainment. Certainly worth a revisit.

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            hargau Aug 18, 2013 12:22 PM

            We tend to go to the Lancaster one now since it doesnt have any of the games or amusements. The lines are always MUCH shorter. At dinner time on a nice Sat night (last night) we were 2nd in line for both dinner and later for icecream. At the Westford location you can wait quite a while in both of those lines.

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              bear Aug 18, 2013 12:46 PM

              I guess. They do a pretty good job of moving the lines along in Westford, but it is still been pretty packed with families every time I've been there. I'm headed out to a cookout in Lunenberg next week, so maybe if we don't pig out too much then we'll head to Lancaster and check it out.

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                kreptol Aug 19, 2013 05:56 AM

                I do find the amusements to be a bit overpriced. A jumbo bucket of balls at the driving range is $13.50 including club rental ($12 if you have your own club). Max's in Tyngsboro is $10 for the same size (club rental is free).

                Lancaster can get extremely crowded as well. Maybe it was because the large 16 field soccer complex down the street was busy, but I even had trouble finding a parking space the one time I went and it was literally wall to wall people. I'd imagine that they do have some competition around the corner from Lancaster must limit the crowds a little.

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                  hargau Aug 19, 2013 06:23 AM

                  yes but can you also get a decent dinner and icecream at Max's or do you have to spend $3.50 in gas going to 2 more places to try and same a buck? I am not a golfer and have never been to Max's but are the facilities on par with each other?

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                    kreptol Aug 19, 2013 06:44 AM

                    The driving range facilties are comparable. There's no dinner but the ice cream is good (they serve Gifford's). There's plenty of options for dinner within a mile of Max's down the street in Nashua for dinner though. It's a good option, especially if it is more convenient for you.

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                      hargau Aug 19, 2013 07:27 AM

                      There is also a driving range in lancaster just off 2, that serves Richardsons ice cream and never has lines.. (maybe called lancaster golf?)

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                        kreptol Aug 19, 2013 09:41 AM

                        You are correct. There just isn't the competition in Westford as there is in Lancaster. Though, I think the soccer complex drives a lot of ice cream traffic as those folks that use it are generally in club teams w/ deep pockets. Plus, Cold Stone isn't far away as it's tucked in with the Target, Best Buy, etc.

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                          hargau Aug 19, 2013 09:52 AM

                          gross.. i cant stand cold stone.. overpriced and not very good

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                            kreptol Aug 19, 2013 04:14 PM

                            I agree; people just go there to ooo and ah over their treats being mixed into ice cream. Nothing compares to Laloo's though (most likely you'll find it at Whole Foods at $7/pint).

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          hyde Aug 18, 2013 10:10 AM

          You would have to re-mortgage your house to purchase this same meal at Dairy-Joy.

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