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Freddy's Lobster & Clams
Posted by Mjedl on 07/31/2013
The crab cakes are some of the best I have every eaten. I normally only eat a few fries but these were so well seasoned and cooked to protection. I loved them and ate them all. Even the cole slaw was some of the best I have ever eaten. Nothing fancy in setting and service was so-so but the food can't be beat.
Posted by Melanie on 01/26/2013
Food was overpriced and not tasty. I would not recommend this resturant.
Posted by iris on 08/23/2011
I thought they were very good and very hard to find! I did ask for them to be well done, crisp and I think that's what made them delicious. The lobster roll was also good, and reasonable considering Wegman's Lobster salad is around $30.00 lb.
Posted by Soldmyfortune on 06/10/2011
First the Good: The cold lobster roll was moist and tasty with what looked like a full 1/4 pound of lobster. Some people have suggested lemon was used in the aioli mayo, but to me it tasted a lot more like lime juice, which was actually very nice. The second star was awarded solely for this tasty morsel, which was the only saving grace in our entire meal. Now the Bad: Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING else. To begin with, all portions of food besides the lobster roll were small and way expensive. An $8.00 bowl of clam chowder was served lukewarm and bland. Wolfgang Puck's canned clam chowder from the supermarket is better. I have spent many summers on Cape Cod, and every second rate clam joint and chain restaurant there has better chowder than Freddy's. The fried chicken special had all of the flavor burnt out of it and the accompanying fries were served ice cold. I have had this same fried chicken at the Old General Store in Silver Spring, and it was 1000% better there. The pieces of chicken here were small and dried out from the deep fryer and served with a small cup of grease(?!) I guess this was supposed to be gravy, but I have no idea since it was just disappointing. Ice cold fries were hastily replaced by our waitress once we complained, and the freshly cooked ones were decent. Except for the lobster roll, quality control was pretty much non-existent at Freddy's and corner cutting is rampant. Even the calamari was served with barely a tablespoonful of marinara sauce. Did they really have to skimp on the (cold) marinara sauce like that? Apparently so. What a disappointment. I spent $50.00 on our meal and my date and I left hungry and feeling ripped off. Fortunately I knew a decent rib joint nearby where we were able to finish our dinner. I'd say the only thing worth eating at Freddy's is the lobster roll, and even then I'd get it as take out. If you insist on actually dining here, eat somewhere else first, since you're not going to get much in the way of actual food at Freddy's. I take a cold measure of satisfaction in the knowledge that given the current US economy, the poor quality food here and the expense of keeping a restaurant open on Cordell Ave. in Bethesda, there will probably be another restaurant opening in this space before the summer's out.
Posted by ab on 05/21/2011
The loster roll is decent but tiny. When I saw it served at an adjacent table I was hoping it was a kid's meal. Raise the price by a couple dollars and serve a sandwich that won't leave people hungry. Fried clams were too big, soggy, and undercooked. Shoestring fries that come with the lobster rolls were good, but dull. The food menu is too llimited; if you wanted to bring a group, they had better all like fried seafood or lobsster, because otherwise they are eating some called "portuguese beef." There was a nice beer / drinks menu, with a decent price range, but getting charged $8.50 for an 8-ouce draft or $12 for a Mojito "because you're in Bethesda" gets old after a while. Our waitress was nice, but if you're not going to write down the dinner order please be able to remember it all. Freddy's is an interesting addition to the area, but a place like this needs cult following, and before that can happen, it has to be good.