Memorable | One of the Best
Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale
Review by: Michael Stern
Lenny & Joe’s opened as a roadside fried-clam stand in 1979. It has since become big business, its two locations on the Post Road in Madison and Westbrook offering broad menus of not only the fried seafood for which it is famous, but of broiled, char-grilled and sauteed seafood and, of course, lobsters. You can start a meal with classic clear-broth chowder and, in the summer, side it with good, fresh sweet corn.
Whole-bellied fried clams vary in size, but you can bank on Lenny & Joe’s to deliver them with toasty, golden crust that melts when you crunch it. We love the fried shrimp and scallops, even simple fried fish. All fried items are available in an ample regular size configuration as well as a “super” plate with double the amount of fish. This is one restaurant where the undecided customer who craves the crunch of fresh-fried seafood will be happy ordering a variety platter with some of everything. It is a gargantuan meal, accordingly priced, including crinkle-cut French fries and a cup of cole slaw. The only other necessary item would be an order of fried onions; they are slim and sweet with crust that is impossibly fragile, making them impossible to stop eating.
Lenny & Joe’s serves a good hot lobster roll, meaning chunks and shreds of lobster meat glistening with butter heaped into a butter-toasted long bun. This avoids all the whole-lobster hassle of shell-cracking and meat-extraction. In season, the kitchen also offers a soft-shell crab roll that is divine.
By the way, seafood frowners: Lenny’s split hot dogs are pretty darn good.
NOTE: In addition to the Westbrook address listed with the review, Lenny’s is located at 1301 Boston Post Rd. in Madison. The number there is 203-245-7289.
Directions & Hours
- Monday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Thursday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Friday: 11:00 AM – 9:30 PM
- Saturday: 11:00 AM – 9:30 PM
- Sunday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|