Have you ever said “I wish there were clams in these clam cakes!” when tearing open one of those fritters at your favorite seafood joint? Well, here at Cove Surf and Turf, NOBODY says that because we load our clam cakes with so many fresh chopped clams that we actually can’t fit any more in. When we opened in 2014, people said our clam cakes were the clammiest they’d every seen anywhere. We like compliments, so we made them clammier.
Come to Cove Surf and Turf in the South End of New Bedford and sit on the patio, at a picnic table or in a cozy booth indoors to enjoy our crispy, fresh-made clam cakes loaded with so many clams that you’ll think you ordered a fried clam plate. Does it get any better? Yes. If you want to stay in tonight with a pile of our super-filled clam cakes, dip them in some homemade tartar sauce or malt vinegar, then call 774-202-2819 for DELIVERY to South Dartmouth or the south and west end of New Bedford. Yeah, we do that too. You could even order clam cakes online.
Back into clam boil season at Cove Surf and Turf in New Bedford. We’re excited to have Maine softshell clams available for our guests! Popular demand brought them back to the restaurant sooner than the planned Memorial Day weekend launch, and they’ve surely been welcomed. New England clam boils at Cove Surf and Turf are a favorite among patrons from New Bedford, Fairhaven and Dartmouth because, as we’re frequently told, they’re delicious and so clean.
Our steamers are carefully washed in a water bath made from sea salt during the first day of delivery; and we get three to six deliveries of fresh seafood each week. There’s a lot of prep involved to provide quality, clean clam boils. After about ten hours of constant cleaning, the clams are ready for the next step where they’re combined with locally-made linguica, sausage, all-beef hot dog, red potatoes and a soft onion. Each order is steamed in clam juice, garlic, beer and different spices to provide an intense flavor and a great broth. Finished with a cup of real butter for dipping, our clam boils and steamers are sure to satisfy the adventurous diner looking to try something new and the seafood connoisseur alike.
What makes them even better than all that? Our restaurant delivers New England clam boils and steamers to South Dartmouth and most of New Bedford!
We thought maybe we’d open for the weekend and offer delivery to our fans in South Dartmouth, downtown, south and west end New Bedford. We started Saturday morning on time despite the forecast and served some baked haddock, ribeye steak and onions, fish and chips, clam cakes, chowder and even some herbal tea and wine before the snow really hit. But while the lot and streets filled inch by inch, the phone stopped ringing and traffic slowed to become just a few plows so we made the difficult decision to close for the weekend and make some family plans. Most of the mango salsa and Caribbean Jerk Chicken that was specially prepared came too, but we may make some more; especially the mango salsa to serve with our salmon and asparagus.
After some sledding on Sunday afternoon, I went in to the restaurant to grab some buffalo tenders for the big Patriots vs Broncos game and felt crushed when I saw the caller ID list how many people had already called for takeout and delivery. Just during the few minutes I was there, we got about another half-dozen calls more and an online order for steak tips, more baked haddock and some of our delicious stuffed quahogs. It was painful to call the family back to say that we were closed and in hindsight should have made the order anyway and delivered it myself.
I’m sorry to everyone who tried to reach us and happy to say that your favorite New Bedford & South Dartmouth delivery restaurant will be back in action on Wednesday!
-Chef Jesse James
Well this is it: our first blog! I’ve been wanting to start one for a while about what we do here. I’d like to just tell you everything now, but I’ll keep it brief.
How about our newest special: Gluten-Free Seafood Chowder. People have been asking us for some gluten-free options for years; primarily chowder. I bought some brown rice flour some time ago in anticipation to get this rolling and it’s been staring at me on my desk while I worked on website stuff and other admin things. So with this new winter weather (finally) I found some extra time to get experimenting.
I love making up recipes and trying different options for our menu items. I’m sorry to say that probably less than a quarter of the things we try here every actually make it to your table. That’s mostly because we just eat it up so quickly and selfishly hoard the ingredients list in our minds. But on the flip side, every one of our recipes here (hundreds btw) is a result of trial and feedback from you all. Some of them have found their permanent spots and others could use more work…like this chowder I mentioned.
So, it’s made with gluten-free brown rice flour, fresh haddock, calamari, chopped clams, scallops and teenie little shrimp ( I wonder how they peel those). I tried really hard to remember what else I wanted to do with it; I thought maybe vegan, but that wouldn’t make a whole lot of too much sense with all those little creatures in it. So I told my lady and she asked if she and her lactose intolerance could eat it. I only buried my face in the sand for a brief moment before I decided that the next batch would also be lactose/dairy-free and made without butter. This time I used almond milk instead of the typical cream, and even though it was unsweetened it still seems to have a sweet tint to the flavor.
It’s received some fantastic reviews from the adventurous eaters here and earned itself a spot on our specials list at least for the rest of January. I even committed to offering a cup for free to those who subscribe to our email list or look at our coupons link. You can also order it online here for takeout or delivery or call 774-202-2819.
So there it is…gluten-free seafood chowder; soon to also be dairy-free and get a bump of extra clams, shrimp, haddock and scallops because I love making our recipes better!
-Chef Jesse James
*update: Entered in the 2016 New Bedford Chowder and won first place by a panel of judges in the blind taste testing AND second place by votes from the 2500+ visitors!