To further complicate things, this was my third drive out to Iggy’s, the first time I missed my visit since I’d arrived shortly after they’d already closed, the second was after the new year, and they were on an extended vacation followed by a store remodeling. But as they say, the third time was the charm.
I really liked the location, it’s right by the waterfront, I honestly can’t wait to visit again during the spring or summer, this place has got to be a blast to visit during the warm weather. Just the idea of eating a good lobster roll with the seagulls flying overhead sounds pretty good right now, especially in the dead of January.
So about the food; Iggy’s is obviously known for the chowder & doughboys, but according to a few people around here I was also told they make a very respectablle clam cake as well. So I ordered all three!
The famous chowder is available in either red (Manhattan) or white (New England), I personally hate the red, so I went with the New England. I was very pleased, the thick creamy chowder was tremendous, large chunks of potato and the fresh hunks of clam meat dominated my every bite, with small bits of corn to accent the flavor. This was indeed a great tasting Clam Chowder, I can see why they are rated one of the states best, and appear on so many blogs and news articles.
The Clam cakes were OK, I’ve only had these doughy fried treats once before at the Crows Nest, and I liked these just about the same. Don't get me wrong, the flavor was there, its just that I’m just not crazy about eating several 4” balls of fried dough, so a just few nibbles of one really does the trick for me, unfortunately they're served in threes..
Next on my order was the lobster roll, and I really liked mine. The bread was unique in that it reminded me of a folded piece of Texas toast, lightly buttered and toasted. The sandwich was delicious, and I devoured it with an almost reckless abandon.
The doughboys, these tasty pillows of fried dough goodness can be made one of three ways: plain sugared, cinnamon & sugar or powder sugared. Since the smallest order is 1/2 dozen, I opted for 2 doughboys made each of the possible ways, which also made for a great photo.
One really cool thing about Iggy’s is that while the restaurant is set up to serve food from a counter more fast food style, the service is decidedly not of a fast food ilk. After my meal was out, they checked on me several times and even engaged me in conversation. Just another real nice touch to go with good tasting food at tremendous value prices and quantity, the place is great a value.