The Clam Bar: Last Chance Seafood in Napeague

The Clam Bar: Last chance for seafood on Rt. 27!

The Clam Bar: Last chance for seafood on Rt. 27!

The Hamptons is already synonymous with some of the freshest and tastiest seafood around.  And in spite of the fancy aesthetic that the Hamptons is known for, sometimes the best food is the one served in a place that lacks sophistication.  But what that place lacks in sophistication, it definitely makes up for in taste!  And one place that does such that is the Clam Bar.  As the name would imply, it is but a tiny roadside eatery on Rt. 27, that sits in the middle of Napeague, just mid-distance between Amagansett and Montauk.  Fans of both the Hamptons and seafood are already well aware of the iconic Lunch establishment that has made a name for itself for 50 years.  Well, if you don’t feel like waiting for a table, let alone finding a parking space, than this place is for you!

Clams, fishwiches, and lobster rolls, oh my!

Clams, fishwiches, and lobster rolls, oh my!

This burgundy-colored shack with its white awning and umbrella patio beckons all hungry travelers who find themselves awash in Long Island’s neighborhood of the rich and famous.  You don’t need to have a fancy car or a big billfold to get a table here!  On the other hand, during the summer months, do get here early if you want a seat at the bar.

I highly recommend the fishwich, the signature sandwich of the bar.  A deep-fried tempura battered piece of moist cod that is unbelievably crisp and crunchy!  The way to eat this fishy goodness is with a sprinkle of salt, a few shakes of black pepper, a few drops of malt vinegar, a squirt of lemon juice, a dollop of tartar sauce, and a few liberal drops of Tabasco sauce.  The spiciness of the Tabasco works well against the cool, creaminess of the tartar sauce, while the tartness of the lemon bodes well with the saltiness of the malt vinegar.  Pair it with a side of fries and a cold ice tea, and you may just have one of the best, if not signature meals that the Hamptons is known for!

"Here fishy, fishy, fishwich!"

“Here fishy, fishy, fishwich!”

If you are more prone to the fancier tastes of the sea, try their succulent lobster roll.  While smaller (and less expensive!) than its more famous relative just down the road at Lunch, this lobster roll is piled high with cool lobster meat on a toasted roll.  Be sure to ask for plenty of lemon and pepper!  For me, I prefer the fried goodness of their fishwich!

Lobster roll with a fresh squirt of lemon!

Lobster roll with a fresh squirt of lemon!

My favorite way to enjoy this place is by hopping on my bike and pedaling to the bar!  From my summer home in Napeague, it’s about a 2.5 mile ride.  After crossing the railroad tracks near the Art Barge and Mackay Tower, I’m almost there.  I just lean my bike against the bike rack, belly up to the bar, and unwind!  Of course, I can’t count on their being no crowds, but I can always count on the best fish sandwich this side of the Atlantic!  Then again, the bar is literally a stone’s throw from the proverbial salty shoreline!

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