Johnny Ad’s

Clam Shack | Drive-In | Seafood
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Although it feels like a summer place, Johnny Ad’s is open year around; and other than the deck of picnic tables that make outdoor dining here along Route One such a pleasure, there is a whole indoor dining room for shoreline feasting.

Johnny Ad’s is a shoreline restaurant, make no mistake about that. Featured menu items include fragile-crusted whole belly clams (or clam strips, if that’s what you prefer), shrimp, scallops, calamari, and soft-shell crab, all available either on a plate with fries and cole slaw or in a roll, which is a toasted buttered bun.

Among the superior seafood rolls available is a hot lobster roll: hunks of warm pink meat bathed in butter and nestled in one of those long, tender buns. It is also possible to get a cool lobster salad roll, the pieces of lobster bound with mayonnaise. The latter is more typical of downeast New England; the hot roll is more a Connecticut thing.

K.A. Bowen, who originally tipped us off to Johnny Ad’s, highly recommended we also try a hot dog. It’s a beauty, alright, a plump, foot-long that tastes especially right when blanketed with chili and cheese.

Unlike many shoreline quick-eats joints, Johnny Ad’s is open year-around.

What to Eat
Johnny Ad’s, French fries
French fries
Must-Try
Fries deserve high status among Connecticut clam shacks.
Johnny Ad’s, Lobster Roll
Lobster Roll
Warm pink meat spills out of a hot lobster roll in a classic Yankee bun.
Johnny Ad’s, Foot Long Hot Dog
Foot Long Hot Dog
Chili-cheese split dog
Johnny Ad’s, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
Onion rings are an alternative to French fries.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 7:30pm
Monday11am - 3pm
Tuesday11am - 3pm
Wednesday11am - 7:30pm
Thursday11am - 7:30pm
Friday11am - 8pm
Saturday11am - 8pm
Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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