Even first-time visitors to Bob's Clam Hut, in Kittery, ME (see the Roadfood.com review), couldn't help but be aware of her presence. If they wanted Bob's famous fried clams, a choice had to be made: do you want them Bob-style or Lillian-style? Lillian was not Bob's wife or daughter, but a long-time employee who insisted that her fried clams were better than those served at Bob's Clam Hut. They eventually showed up on the menu, and have been there ever since.
To regulars, Lillian was as much a part of the Bob's experience as the clams and lobster rolls. Lines at her register were longer than the other lines, not because she worked slower but because she had so many loyal customers.
Lillian Mangos was unable to continue working at Bob's after suffering a stroke in 2010. Cards arrived at Bob's daily from her many fans all over the country, wishing her well. These were delivered twice a week to Lillian by employees. We were saddened to learn that Lillian Mangos passed away Sunday at the age of 87. She will be sorely missed by all that had the good fortune to meet her.