Lime Rickey’s: Mom Would Never Approve

Posted: July 21st, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Casual/Pub Food, Lime Rickey's, Marblehead, Seafood | Tags: , , , , , , , | 9 Comments »

When I was a kid, my mother would herd my siblings and all our friends to the beach on many a summer’s day, but plead as we might, she would never let us buy lunch there. Instead, we would grudgingly eat our limp tuna sandwiches, into which grains of sand invariably found their way, adding grit to every bite. The reason for this torture? Mom would repeat it like a mantra, “Buying food at the beach is too expensive. What do you think I am, made of money?”

Not surprisingly, all these years later, beach food is still expensive. Most beach shacks have a captive audience—unless you bring your own food, they’re the only game around, so their prices don’t have to be competitive.

We accept this; we only wish that Lime Rickey’s at Devereux Beach made us feel better about it. Unfortunately, the quality of the food that we have tasted is less than stellar, and the service, by what appears to be bored college kids, is lackluster at best.

The fried foods are priced similarly to those at the clam shacks in Essex and Ipswich, (clam plate is $18, shrimp plate is $16), but the quality doesn’t come close. The breading is heavy and over-fried, and the only selection that it doesn’t overpower is the scrod, making the fish and chips ($12) a reasonable choice.

The lobster roll is decent, if a bit frou-frou. (Call us purists, but tarragon doesn’t belong in lobster salad.) And at $16 each, these guys clearly haven’t heard that the boat prices have plummeted lately.

The burger is a smallish, previously frozen, overcooked patty, ($5) but the fries (small $3.25, large $4.75) are the coated-to-be-crispy kind and are tasty. For the same money, you could have stopped at Five Guys in Vinnin Square on your way to the beach and gotten a larger, much better tasting burger and much larger fries.

The ice cream, however, is excellent. It’s Richardson’s and is priced similarly to the other places you’ll find it in town, from $1.90 for a single scoop up to $3.90 for a triple.

Aside from the location, which can’t be beat, Lime Rickey’s does have two things going for it. The first is variety; they offer salads, wraps, hummus plates, and a few specialty sandwiches ($5 to $8) in addition to the more traditional beach fare. The second is free live music Friday and Saturday nights in August, and live music at the beach anywhere on the North Shore is pretty hard to come by.

Yes, we’re a bit nostalgic for the days when a hot dog and a Hoodsie could be had for a dollar and a quarter, but the truth is, there are so many excellent North Shore eateries to patronize, the next time we hit Devereux, we’re packing lunch.

Lime Rickey’s
Devereux Beach
105 Ocean Ave, Marblehead
(781) 631-6700


9 Comments on “Lime Rickey’s: Mom Would Never Approve”

  1. #1 Susanna said at 7:43 pm on July 22nd, 2009:

    Hey – just came to your site via Tammy (FoodontheFood) – I love it! Live in Salem, look forward to checking some of these places out. Tried Cielita Lindo last night on your rec., yum!

  2. #2 admin said at 8:51 am on July 23rd, 2009:

    Hey Susanna, thanks for the kind words!

    We appreciate feedback, and as a local, feel free to let us know of any hidden gems or great finds you think we should check out.

  3. #3 Larry Cultrera said at 4:21 am on July 25th, 2009:

    Just a comment on the “coated to be crispy” fries, they are the cheapest frozen french fries a restaurant operator can buy. I firmly believe this is a corner that should not be cut. I am so happy Five Guys is fairly close to me, (certainly closer to you). They have fresh cut fries which to me are the best. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind regular frozen french fries, it is the coated ones that bum me out.

  4. #4 Beansie's mom said at 10:19 am on July 27th, 2009:

    Waiting for August so we can head north, we were hoping to hear about the actual drink Lime Rickey. Is it any good. Should Mr. C stop by?

  5. #5 Steve said at 12:52 pm on July 31st, 2009:

    Don’t drink the lime rickeys. They’re undrinkable: completely sour and practically salty. The least thirst-quenching thing around. Like drinking battery acid. I agree with the article; lobster roll was completely underwhelming but the fish in the fish and chips was quite good. Fries were those cheap coated-fried ones. Yech. Onion rings were not bad. Ice cream was fine. It’s location is it’s only huge plus.

  6. #6 admin said at 2:34 pm on August 2nd, 2009:

    To tell the truth, I don’t know that we have ever ordered the namesake drink here, though I have tried the Raspberry Lime Rickey, which was drinkable, if a bit too sweet.

  7. #7 Leslie Lamb said at 1:33 pm on March 21st, 2010:

    I agree about the food at Lime Rickey’s. It bummed me out that such a great location has such bad to mediocre (and overpriced) food. The fries are the WORST. That is one point I disagree with the writer on. A plain, fried potato is a beautiful thing. Why do people want to coat them with spices, and probably chemicals?

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