Joey’s by the Shore is one of Westport’s not-so-hidden gems.
It’s got the most interesting menu of any beach place I’ve seen. Joey, Donny and the kids who work there do a great job cooking, handling crowds, and coaxing orders out of kids (and parents) who get to the cash register, look up from their iPhones and suddenly have no idea what they want.
Joey’s crew is also fanatical about keeping the place looking nice, inside and out.
One thing they should not have to do is clean up after customers.
On my way inside Sunday, I passed a family — dad, mom, 3 cute kids — eating at a patio table. The sky was blue; the vibe, wonderfully chill.
This is what I saw when I came out:
The happy family was nowhere to be seen.
Of course, they may have had an excellent excuse for leaving their gross mess:
Perhaps it was their maid’s day off.