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The Clam Castle?

chefstu May 28, 2014 07:41 AM

Anybody have any information on what happened to The Clam Castle in Madison, Ct? I was looking to have some great seafood last night and went online to check the hours and it appears from their Facebook page that they're closed for good. Their phone is also out of service.
What a shame, they had the best fried seafood with a great clam shack atmosphere.

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    Bkeats RE: chefstu May 28, 2014 01:58 PM

    Say it ain't so Chefstu!

    I was waiting for CC to open for the season. This can't be.

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      chefstu RE: Bkeats May 28, 2014 03:00 PM

      I'm heartbroken too!

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      jdgall RE: chefstu May 28, 2014 02:32 PM

      Rumor I heard is that Donovan's (next door) purchased it and would soon open it as a clam shack.

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        bagelman01 RE: jdgall May 28, 2014 05:22 PM

        Is Donovan's the restaurant occupying what was Vicky's Corner in days gone bye?

      2. kattyeyes RE: chefstu May 28, 2014 03:52 PM

        GEEZ, after you nice people convinced us to give it a try and we agreed it was great? That IS a shame, buddy. :(

        1. bagelman01 RE: chefstu May 28, 2014 05:21 PM

          I was hoping to go this weekend. I've enjoyed it for more than 40 years. It was my favorite shack on the eastern shore.

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            kattyeyes RE: bagelman01 May 28, 2014 05:52 PM

            When you have a sec, bagelfriend, drop me a line, will you please?

            ETA: Now you'll be forced, FORCED, I say, to go to Lenny & Joe's! BWAH HA HA HA!

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            KelJne RE: chefstu May 28, 2014 06:16 PM

            How sad!! I only discovered this place a few years back, and it quickly became one of my favorite summer spots! Anybody know of a close second?

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              kattyeyes RE: KelJne May 28, 2014 06:22 PM

              We really like Lenny & Joe's (particularly the Westbrook location, but also right across the street from The Clam Castle in Madison). They're on the water in New Haven, too, but I've never been.

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                KelJne RE: kattyeyes May 29, 2014 03:50 AM

                Thanks, Kattyeyes! I've always heard the hype around L&J, but never felt the ned to go since I adored Clam Castle! I'll have to try it out. :-)
                Any other recommendations for fried clams? Willing to travel anywhere in the state if they're great!

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                  jdgall RE: KelJne May 29, 2014 04:19 AM

                  Sea Swirl in Mystic

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                    kattyeyes RE: KelJne May 29, 2014 04:24 AM

                    My favorite thing at L&J is the scallop roll:

                    My mom's favorite (Westbrook) is the fried oysters.

                    I haven't had fried clams in the longest time, but others here will help you for sure.

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                      bagelman01 RE: KelJne May 29, 2014 04:29 AM

                      Glenwood on Whitney Ave (RT 10) in Hamden north of Dixwell about a mile........................

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                        Clams047 RE: bagelman01 Jun 6, 2014 04:50 PM

                        Glenwood has my vote - best fried clams I've had except possibly for Five Island Lobster in Georgetown, ME.

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                        Bkeats RE: KelJne May 29, 2014 07:53 AM

                        Lenny's Indian Head Inn in Branford.

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                          KelJne RE: KelJne May 29, 2014 03:22 PM

                          Thanks, everyone! Can't wait to try these places! Although my fingers are still crossed the Clam Castle will miraculously re-open! :-)

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                      mmalmad RE: chefstu May 29, 2014 10:09 AM

                      It is sad...I did have a nice surprise with the whole belly clams at the Country Diner on RT 63 in Bethany, across from the old Bethany Airport

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                        chefstu RE: chefstu Jun 6, 2014 03:31 PM

                        Good News,
                        My friend went by the Clam Castle and said there was a sign on the door "Opening Soon". One can only hope.

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                          rbailin RE: chefstu Jul 18, 2014 08:35 PM

                          According to an article in today's NH Register, the Clam Castle has reopened under new management.


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                            kattyeyes RE: rbailin Jul 19, 2014 05:06 AM

                            Nice find, buddy! I wonder if anyone has ever eaten at the other Donahue's--or if anyone has been to the new CC?

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                            Bkeats RE: chefstu Jul 21, 2014 04:21 PM

                            I hate how chow hound works on iPad or maybe not work is better. Just wrote a review and then it didn't save and upload. Try again.

                            So we got to clam castle this weekend. We were told they have been open for a week.

                            The place has been spruced up. New coat of paint and new counter. The menu is now a blackboard with fancy graphics instead of the old whiteboard with handwritten notes.

                            There are things on the menu that I don't recall like pulled pork. Prices seem higher. If you want the fried onions it's $2 extra now. We ordered fried scallops and clam strips.

                            Went and sat at an inside table as it's coolish now that the old air conditioner that blew around hot air seems to have been replaced. They called out our order and then brought it to the table as before.

                            The portion was large. Nice number of scallops and a big pile of clams on top of the fried onions. Tasted ok but there was something missing. The fry job wasn't as good or as crisp as we recalled. It was a bit greasy. Tasted ok, but I'm hoping they get better. Just may take a bit of time to get everything working right. I really hope they do improve and we will try again. If it doesn't improve then I'm not sure we will be coming out as much as there are places that are closer that we would probably go to which are better than CC right now as it stands. Really pulling for these guys to match the old place.

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                              kattyeyes RE: Bkeats Jul 21, 2014 04:36 PM

                              "it's coolish now that the old air conditioner that blew around hot air seems to have been replaced." HA HA HA HA! That's great! Nice report, too. :)

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