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Boston Restaurant Blog -- June, 2006

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Fried Clams and Ice Cream in Hingham and Hull

With the weather being so warm this weekend in the Boston area, we decided to head over to Hingham and Hull--two very different South Shore communities--on Saturday evening.

photo of the Hingham Lobster Pound, Hingham, Massachusetts We started off by heading to the Hingham Lobster Pound, a classic seafood shack in the toney town of Hingham. While most businesses in Hingham seem to have an upscale bent to them, the Hingham Lobster Pound is a down and dirty place with absolutely no seating that serves up some excellent seafood. We ordered fried clams, a chicken sandwich, and a side order of clam strips and waited in the front area while they handed out bag after bag of terrific-smelling seafood to an endless line of customers. Once we received our order, we made a beeline for Hull Gut to watch the sun set while chowing on our food, but sadly, the tip of Hull is closed off to the public for some reason (if anyone could tell us why the end of the road is closed, I would love to know). Instead, we headed up to Fort Revere Park at the top of Telegraph Hill, a slightly creepy place that nevertheless has some of the most stunning ocean views in all of Massachusetts. We enjoyed both the views and the food from the Hingham Lobster Pound very much. As much as I liked the clams, however, I tend to think that Tony's Lobster Shop on Wollaston Beach in Quincy may be a tad better, but that is surely up for debate.

After strolling around Fort Revere Park, we drove over to Nantasket Beach, Hull's answer to Coney Island. Nantasket Beach used to be a very fun place for families, with Paragon Park dominating the landscape. Paragon Park is long gone, but the historic carousel is still there and working just fine, much to the enjoyment of kids and non-kids alike. We went for ice cream at the Carousel Creamery next door, doing some serious people-watching and relaxing amidst the sea breezes and sounds of the ocean. The ice cream at the Carousel Creamery is adequate (Gifford Ice Cream is their supplier, I believe), though not up to the level of, say, Dairy Barn in Randolph or some of the other top ice cream stands on the South Shore.

As we were leaving Hull, the song "Knock Three Times" by (gasp!) Tony Orlando and Dawn started to play on the radio. Although I still don't totally understand the appeal of this completely inane song after all these years, it seemed to be a good fit as we were leaving a town that holds lots of memories for lifelong Bostonians like myself. We almost started singing along to it as we happily motored back toward the Boston area with our stomachs full of clams and ice cream.

For those of you looking for the address for the Hingham Lobster Pound, here it is: Hingham Lobster Pound, 4 Broad Cove Road (Route 3A), Hingham, MA 02043; the phone number is (781) 749-1984.

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