Destination: Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale – Madison, Connecticut
Posted on July 9, 2015
Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com
Anyone expecting to wait to be seated then served at a table at Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale in Madison, Connecticut will be surprised. Unlike the Lenny & Joe’s a few miles away in Westbrook where that is the set-up, Lenny & Joe’s in Madison is an order at the counter, self pick-up, condiment corner restaurant. Customers can then seek out their own booths. What is the same however, is good food at reasonable prices.
With Hammonasset Beach State Park located in Madison barely five minutes up Boston Post Road, this more casual restaurant style is perfect for beach-goers or campers who want to stop in for a no-fuss bite to eat, or grab take-out. As the restaurant name indicates, the menu focuses on seafood. The hot lobster roll was delicious, priced at $16.50. It was served with a side of coleslaw. Clam chowder here is not the milk-based New England style, rather it has a broth base. Although that is not my ‘cup of tea’, I’m told it was excellent, as well as wide cut crinkle fries.
Given the close proximity of these two spots to each other, making a choice really comes down to whatever mood one is in. A couple differences include a loaf of warm mini bread served before the meal in Westbrook, where they also have a short dessert list, and a small bar not available in Madison. But Madison has an ice cream carousel area outside in back that is especially appealing to families with kids. There is also a Lenny & Joe’s in New Haven which I have not visited.
Both Madison and Westbrook (and undoubtedly New Haven) sell their popular Lenny & Joe’s baseball caps and tee-shirts. Designs are slightly different each year, and the shirts are still less than ten bucks. Yes, I added one to my assortment on this trip.
Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale 1301 Boston Post Road, Madison CT 203-245-7289 http://www.ljfishtale.com