Spanky’s is a pretty popular place. Granted, I was there on a day and during the hours that they were not too busy, cause that’s just how I roll, but I could tell. They have their own custom T-shirts, a huge stack of paging devices to tell you when your table is ready, two hostesses ready to seat you, and plenty of waitstaff for the indoor dining, outdoor dining, and bar. Furthermore, Spanky’s is located in a harbor.
I’ve never been a proponent of boats. I’m not saying that I disapprove of them as a means of transport, but it has never been my desire to own a schooner, yacht, ship, or any other sort of maritime vessel. However, many people love to be anywhere that they can gaze upon ships. Some enjoy the activity more when at a bar. Come to think of it, maybe the bar is where the ship owners, and ship desirers meet. Oh well, enough speculation. Onto the food.
The Onion Rings are amazing. They are crisp. They are meaty. The shell is gluten free (made with cornstarch). The onion tastes fresh. There is no excess oil. They are the zenith of onion rings. Ok… maybe I am going a little overboard, but they are really, really good.
Sadly, the Steak Tip Salad did not fare quite as well. MG pronounced the lettuce “tinny”. While the steak was well cooked, it left something to be desired in the way of seasoning. MG ended up eating the steak with a healthy dose of salt, pepper, and steak sauce. She ate it mostly without the lettuce, but with the cucumbers, peperoncini, and other salad accoutrement.
Our waitress was Gina. She was great. She took MG’s order first, which is a great quality. I’m a big believer in ladies ordering first. When MG told her about the tinny lettuce, Gina was mortified. She tried her best to make it right, from offering us drinks to dessert, but we were OK at that point. However, her efforts should not go unmentioned. Ask to be seated in her section. She will treat you right.
The Lobster Roll, as you can see, is absolutely bursting and overstuffed with lobster. The lobster was not anything amazing, but that is the beauty of lobster. It just needs a little salt, and maybe a touch of lemon, and it tastes wonderful. The accompanying french fries were pretty good. The pickle slices were especially nice.
Stop in a for a drink. Have the onion rings. Watch the boats. Who doesn’t like the restaurant that sports a happy clam?
Spanky’s Clam Shack and Seaside Saloon
138 Ocean St #115,
Hyannis Port, MA 02601