The Seafood Place You’ve
Been Waiting For
By Luann & Margaret Ann/
If there was ever a place
where lobster and plastic forks go together, Southside Fish
& Clam is it.
A very casual eatery, youll order at the counter, seat
yourself and retrieve your food when your buzzer goes off.
Youll use paper napkins and drink out of a paper soda
cup. But youll also have a delicious broiled lobster
tail, the best clam strips around and an array of fresh seafood
at your fingertips.
The original Southside opened in 1934 in Lindenhurst and is
still there today. The Commack location opened in October
2009, taking over the home of a former diner on Jericho Turnpike
east of the Sunken Meadow Parkway. After extensive renovations,
the restaurant now boasts a distinct nautical, at-sea theme
with booths and tables, complete with a fish market that displays
fresh catches brought in daily. Southside also boasts a clam
and oyster bar with little neck, top neck and cherrystone
clams, blue point and wellfleet oysters, beer and wine.
We parked ourselves in a cozy booth in the middle of the sizable
restaurant and pursued the extensive menu, featuring everything
from fried seafood and land-and-sea platters to pasta creations
and their famous twin lobster dinner. There are even hamburgers
and chicken parmigiana.
We loved our pair of appetizers: the Super Clam Strips ($8.99)
and Baked Clams ($7.39 whole, $6.39 chopped). The clam strips
were long, tender and tasty, fried in a delicate batter and
not chewy in the least. Our baked clams were chopped, but
tasted like they contained several whole clams. The stuffing
was excellent, a combination of bread crumbs, crab meat and
peppers and other ingredients, leaving us hopeful for the
stuffed items on the menu.
The Seafood Fra Diavolo ($25.99) is a huge portion, with a
1 and 1/8-pound lobster, shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels
and bay scallops over linguine in a garlicky scampi sauce.
Mussels are enormous but do not lose their tenderness, and
scallops are soft and not rubbery.
The cold salads enticed us from behind the counter, so we
opted for the scungilli salad with large, thick pieces lightly
flavored with oil and lemon. It was a nice change of pace
from the hot dishes.
All in all, Southside is a seafood delight with a simple message:
Dont over-season and let the freshness speak for itself.
We love a good clam place, no matter how far from the water
it is. Check out the $6.99 lunch specials.
Fish & Clam
1095 Jericho Turnpike, Commack
Fish Market: 631-670-6464
Atmosphere: Casual, walk-up counter
Cuisine: Seafood, lobster specialties
Price range: Inexpensive-moderate
Hours: Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.