I am all about discovering kitschy places to eat and drink at as I love them! The kitsch factor is off the hook here and we loved eating at Gilligan’s Clam Bar & Grill! It was one of those days that we had a car and decided to just take any random exit to explore a bit and hopefully find somewhere decent to grab a meal before heading home. When we drove by Gilligan’s I did a quick u-turn and made a bee-line for it. So glad we did!
It’s a lot bigger inside than what you see from the road. The also have free valet parking for everyone. Whoa! When we walked in he laughed in delight as we scored big time kitsch here! Tiki Hut looking bar, mannequin in a hula skirt, all types of things hanging on the walls and ceilings – fans, signs, fake birds and monkeys, plastic palm trees, beach scene murals – you name it! This place is just over the top kitsch! In Pomona NY of all places? It’s not even near the water!
The menus we were handed were huge. So much to choose from. Seafood, meats, pastas, cocktail list, you name it. I was craving fried clam strips as I love them. We also ordered the Cape Cod Imperial plate which is a combo platter of seafood, the coconut shrimp (which were pretty large), fish and chips, and a few frozen pina coladas. Plus, our meals came with salads and a loaf of warm house made bread and cornbread squares. Can you tell we rolled out of here in food comas after this?
Nothing fancy about this place. It’s where the locals dine on tasty filling plates of reasonably and cheap priced fresh seafood. Specials during the week. The service is super friendly and attentive. The ambiance and atmosphere is a marriage of the Rain Forest, Central Park Zoo, and a place you would eat at in the Florida Keys while drinking heavily. We had a smile on our faces the whole time, and full bellies as we left!
Sometimes it pays to just take a trip off a random highway exit into the unknown. So many hidden gems like Gilligan’s are everywhere in America!
Gilligan’s Clam Bar & Grill -http://www.gilligansclambar.com/ordereze/1000/Page.aspx