The Clam Shack, perched at the bridge over the Kennebunk River, provides a classic visual welcome to visitors. The tiny, immaculate fish shack serves award winning fried food, traditional boiled lobster dinners and lobster rolls served on freshly baked buns from a local bakery. A fresh lemonade stand and, for the truly indulgent, fried dough, are additional temptations. Diners eat al fresco on wooden benches and lobster crates or find a spot on the narrow boardwalk that sits directly on the river.
Local lore establishes the Clam Shack's roots in 1968, when the little shanty was rented on a handshake. Current owner, Steve Kingston, bought the Shack and the adjoining Clam Shack Seafoods in 2000. In the decade since, Steve has kept a brisk trade going by following tradition and keeping the precariously balanced buildings shipshape. Visiting the Clam Shack is a timeless summer ritual, good for the soul and a nostalgic taste of Maine.