By T. S. Chamberland
Staff writer
Week to week, my routine is fairly similar: find a store, restaurant or pub, eat there and review it for the B-plus section. Perusing the menus of new restaurants and bringing attention to worthwhile eateries — for work. Be jealous, it’s one of the perks of this job.
I often receive recommendations, which was the case with The Lost Gull Fish ‘n Chips. Three people mentioned this clam shack gem at 479 Main St. in Oxford a few weeks ago and I was reminded as I passed it on my way home from a friend’s birthday party.
The small white clam shack with red trim, just off the road to the right, already had a number of cars parked out front when my son, Riley, and I pulled into the parking lot. Tables with and without umbrellas are on either side of the entrance, giving an instant summertime atmosphere.
The aroma of fried seafood greeted us as we went in to order. I suddenly felt much hungrier and scanned the menu hanging over the cash counter. While it’s filled with seafood options that all sound delicious, the picky eater in your group will sigh with relief to also find a few turf items to choose from.
There are hearty chowders, rolls, sandwiches, boxes, dinners and more.A copy of the menu can be found at www.thelostgull.com, though no prices are listed as market prices fluctuate often.
Wanting a variety, I ordered a clam cake, a shrimp salad roll and a haddock sandwich box that came with fries. A cream soda and a Diet Dr. Pepper brought the total to around $14. Riley, my youngest son, and I opted to sit in the car rather than outside as it was a bit chilly, and we shared all of it.
Until finding The Lost Gull, I had never tried shrimp salad. Crab and lobster salad, absolutely, but never shrimp. The shrimp salad roll was bursting with the curled crustaceans, free of their shells of course, so a fork was necessary. I have always enjoyed clams, regardless of how they are cooked, so I was pleased the clam cake was full of them. The haddock sandwich and fries rounded this lunch out and both of us were stuffed when we finished.
My only caution, other than to bring your appetite, is that the food isn’t loaded with seasonings, so if you’re one who likes salt and pepper be sure to grab packets of it before heading out the door.
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Tasty tidbits
What: The Lost Gull Fish ‘n Chips
Where: 479 Main St., Oxford (Route 26 at Welchville Junction)
When: Open seven days a week 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (March through November)
Atmosphere: Seasonal clam shack, order inside, eat outside on picnic tables with or without umbrella shading.
Prices: Market driven, so prices change regularly; reasonable for most items.
www.thelostgull.com


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