A few things you need to know about Smitty’s Clam Bar:
There will be no less than a 1.5 hour wait to eat here.
Bring booze… everyone here will be tailgating during that 1.5 hour wait.
Dress casually. If you aren’t already sweaty from drinking outside during your 1.5 hour wait, you will be once you sit down at your plastic-covered chairs.
Since you’re already sweaty, you might as well go all in and order Clam Chowder. Get it mixed… as in: 1/2 Red, 1/2 White. You won’t be disappointed.
The most important thing to know about Smitty’s: They have the best seafood at the shore, at a great price.
Smitty’s is always one of my favorite dinners at the shore, and I’m hoping we get to go back before the season is over. We did get to go a while back in June this year, my parents took Dave, Adam, and I.
After our wait, we were finally seated and ordered some apps. We tried the fried calamari and some raw clams. The clams are awesome here, I can always count on my dad to order a half dozen. The calamari was fair. I mean all fried calamari is delicious but theirs is heavily breaded. It could have been anything in there and it would have tasted good.
The soup is fabulous. You cannot go here and miss the soup, no matter how hot it is. It’s that good.
For our meals, Adam ordered Chicken Parm (he is a very picky eater, but is trying new things these days!), my Dad ordered the Seafood Alfredo, and Mom ordered the Broiled Seafood Combination w/ the Ginger/Garlic/Soy/Wasabi Sauce. Both Dave and I picked the Tuna in the same Asian sauce. Everything was fantastic, with the exception of our Tuna coming out to us completely cooked through, after requesting it to be rare. Despite our terrible luck with service this summer, our server took them back right away and brought us an entire new platter properly cooked.
OH, I almost forgot to mention… you get to pick two sides with your meal. The french fries come in a HEAPING pile, so if you’re craving them, totally get it! The sides change everyday too, which is exciting to see what they come up with next. My favorite is their corn salad which wasn’t available this particular night.