October 21, 2020

Thompsons Clam Bar

In the 1980s, One of our favorite Cape Cod restaurants was Thompson’s Clam Bar. It was a family tradition to get some seafood and watch the boats come into Wychmere Harbor.

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Remember that jingle: “Hey Where Are You Going...”

Things I Remembered About Thompson’s

The restaurant closed in December 1995.

People would wait for hours to get into the 450 seat restaurant.

You could arrive by boat and tie it to the dock. I remember people helping boaters dock their boats.

They offered valet parking and on a busy summer night the car line would back up to the main road. We used to go around and park at the club.

In the late 1980s they put in an outside bar. People could order drinks and appetizers while they waited. They had some kind of bar rice snack in baskets on the tables. They were so good.

In the Summertime in the late 1980s, I worked on the other side of the river at HarwichPort Boat works. I can remember smelling the clam chowder just before the restaurant would open.

I also remembered getting a steam lobster that smelled like bleach. I asked the waitress to take it back as there was something wrong. I got a new lobster a few minutes later. I enjoy the baked stuff lobster and always treated it as my summertime treat.

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