Westborough – The kids are heading back to school, the garden centers are stocked with mums, and the leaves are beginning to turn.
But if you’re not quite ready to let go of summer, stop by Harry’s Restaurant on Route 9 and let the clam shack atmosphere take you to the Cape, the North Shore, or even Maine to recapture that vacation feeling for lunch or dinner.
A friend and I did just that recently, stopping by for lunch to celebrate the end of summer.
Harry’s has been around since 1946, and the place still has that ‘50s look about it, with knotty pine walls and ads and posters that will bring a smile. The warm friendliness of the staff will also remind you of a slower-paced era.
Since we were pretending to be on vacation, we both decided to have seafood, though Harry’s also off ers a wide selection of sandwiches, burgers and salads.
One of the week’s specials, written on a whiteboard, was a lunch-sized version of the restaurant’s fried seafood combination dinners. The mini-combo off ered your choice of any two fried seafood itemswhole clams, clam strips, bay or sea scallops, haddock or calamari, plus french fries and coleslaw, for $9.99.
That sounded perfect to me, and after consulting with our server on the merits of bay versus sea scallops, I went with fried clams and sea scallops.
My friend imagined she was in Maine and opted for Harry’s lobster roll, served with onion rings ($16.95). The lobster salad is made to order and came with very little mayonnaise, as she had requested.
The combo plate was just the right size. The half-dozen sea scallops were piping hot, and still moist inside, and the clams were crisp and light.
The lobster roll contained an extremely generous portion of fresh lobster on a grilled bun, with a pile of hot, crisp onion rings.
Except for the traffic whizzing by on Route 9, we could have sworn we were close to the ocean.
We were going to be good and skip dessert, but Tricia Wiseman, our server, came to the table and reminded us with a smile that hot fudge sundaes were on sale for 99 cents the entire month of August. How do we pass that up?
So we shared an old-fashioned sundae topped with a mound of whipped cream, my friend recalling that the glass dish was just like the ones her grandfather had used in his store in Brooklyn.
Fried clams, lobster rolls and ice cream definitely mean some little bit of summer is always available at Harry’s.
Harry’s is one of the few places in the area open late at night, until 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The restaurant opens at 7 a.m. weekdays, and 11 a.m. weekends. Its breakfast menu is available all day and several folks were enjoying omelets and eggs while we were there at lunchtime.
One word of warning: Harry’s is cash only, no credit cards, but there is an ATM machine in the restaurant.
For more information or for takeout orders, call 508-366-8302 or visit www.harrysrestaurant.com.
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