Johnny Ad’s

Review by: Michael Stern

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

Lobster Roll

Foot Long Hot Dog

Onion Rings

French fries


Johnny Ad’s Recipes


What do you think of Johnny Ad’s?

One Response to “Johnny Ad’s”

Tim Hare

January 6th, 2023

The best lobster roll (hot) that I ever had and the belly clams
were outstanding. Heading up that way in March and will be stopping there.


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