Bob’s Clam Hut

Clam Shack | Drive-In | Seafood
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At Bob’s Clam Hut, the aroma in the parking lot and at the outdoor picnic tables to the side of the sprawling clamatorium is car-culture bliss: hot oil bubbling in fry kettles that yield gorgeous tan whole-belly clams, pillowy scallops, buff shrimp, snowy-fleshed fish and chips, and some of the crustiest onion rings anywhere along the shore.

Ambience at Bob’s isn’t what you’d call idyllic. The road is noisy, and directly across it is a cluster of factory outlet stores. One might argue that this is a truly authentic Maine setting, considering that outlet stores are as typical of the state’s lower coast as lobster piers.

The method of ordering and getting food at Bob’s is the traditional Yankee clam hut ritual. Read the posted menu then place your order and pay in advance. If it is summer and you are outside in the bright sun, you will not see anything in the darkened interior, including the person taking your order, and it is all done so fast your eyes don’t adjust. No matter. The order-taker hands you a number, then you dawdle outside around the pick-up window (different from the order window) until your number is called over a loud speaker. Dine either from the dashboard of your car, indoors at utilitarian tables and counter, or at one of Bob’s blue-checked picnic tables.

Seafood rolls are showpieces at Bob’s, most of them featuring one of the hot fried foods heaped into a top-sliced bun and served with pale twiggy French fries, secret recipe tartar sauce, and a couple of pickle slices on a porous paperboard plate. The fried fare is good, but this also is a fine place for a lobster roll, hot or cold. The bun is nice and warm — buttered and grilled until toasty golden brown on both sides; the lobster meat inside is either faintly warm or faintly chilled, depending on how you order it. There is plenty of meat, the cold lobster roll bound with just enough mayonnaise, the hot one gilded with melted butter.

What to Eat
Bob’s Clam Hut, Fried Clam Basket
Fried Clam Basket
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Here's a triple platter of fried clams, scallops, and haddock. Buried underneath them is a mound of French fries.
Bob’s Clam Hut, Lobster Roll
Lobster Roll
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There is no shortage of sweet meat in a Bob's lobster roll.
Bob’s Clam Hut, Tartar Sauce
Tartar Sauce
Bob's tartar sauce is some of the best on the shoreline.
Bob’s Clam Hut, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
Bob's onion rings are elegant.
Bob’s Clam Hut, Ice Cream
Ice Cream
In "tartar sauce ice cream" pistachios take the place of pickle bits.
Bob’s Clam Hut, Lobster Stew
Lobster Stew
The lobster stew is buttery-rich and full of fresh lobster.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday11 am - 7:30 pm
Monday11 am - 7:30 pm
Tuesday11 am - 7:30 pm
Wednesday11 am - 7:30 pm
Thursday11 am - 7:30 pm
Friday11 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday11 am - 8:30 pm
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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