We love coastal drive-in restaurants, even more than we love diners. There’s something about dining on fried seafood and inhaling the inimitable aroma of onions and potatoes and vaporized cooking oil mixed with the salt air that gets our juices flowing. If we’ve just spent the day in the sun, within sight and sound of the water, it doesn’t even matter if the drive-in is ten miles inland, as David’s Place of Oakdale, CT is. Our memories supply the salt air.
There’s indoor seating at David’s, and we suppose if you arrive in bad weather, what else can you do? Speaking for ourselves, we wouldn’t bother. Outdoor dining is what it’s all about, and David’s Place supplies plenty of outdoor places to dine. There’ll likely be a line but fret not – it moves quickly, and the cooks are rapid.
While the wide-ranging menu includes all sorts of burgers, grinders (New Englandese for hot subs, heros, hoagies…), hot dogs, and a smattering of Greek specialties, the thing to get is seafood, preferably fried. If you are a whole-belly clam lover, they got ’em. There’s also clam strips, shrimp, calamari, scallops, and fish, along with good fries and superb onion rings.
Soon after you place your order you receive your tray weighted down with fried seafood. Stop by the sauce counter for whatever you need, then find yourself a picnic table, settle in, and enjoy summer in New England.1647 New London Turnpike Oakdale CT 06370 860-442-7120 No website David’s Place on Facebook