What’s the perfect stop after hitting the driving range and batting cages? A clam shack, of course.
DARTMOUTH – What’s the perfect stop after hitting the driving range and batting cages? A clam shack, of course.
That’s the idea behind Dicky’s Clam Shack, a new food truck parked in the parking lot next to Caddy Shack on State Road. Richie Medeiros, owner of Caddy Shack at 900 State Road and A-1 Car Wash at 876 State Road, has decided that a clam shack would be ideal on the vacant lot he owns between the two companies.
And so far everything has gone very well, said Medeiros, who opened it four weeks ago.
Parked in a lot with picnic tables and a grassy area for the kids to play in, the colorful food truck serves exactly what one would want in a clam shack: cakes and clam chowder, fried clams, fish and chips, clam rolls, burgers, hot dogs, fries, onion rings and chicken fingers.
The most popular items, says Medeiros, are fried clams, fish and chips, and clam cakes. The creamy New England chowder has also received rave reviews from customers, he said.
The secret to the clam shack’s success so far, he said, is using the freshest local clams purchased every morning and changing the frying oil every day. It also fried in four different berries, so there is no crossover of flavors, from fried fish and clams to fries and onion rings.
“I use chopped fresh clams and everything is cooked fresh. I don’t believe in heat lamps, ”Medeiros said.
And so far, it seems to be working.
“It’s delicious,” said Lisa Weichand, a native of Tiverton, a transplant from Florida who was visiting the area and stopped for fried clams on Thursday after noticing the food truck earlier in the week. “Every time I come back I have to go to Venus de Milo for some baked lobster, and now I’m going to have to add it to the list when I come back.”
Hours are Thursday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. He expects to open more days this summer.