I had some wonderful steamers today at Brian's in Linwood, Mass. The "steamer" lunch special was on today. (on again and off again, I suspect, based on the availability of steamer clams) For 9.95 I got access to a bread, beet and soup bar (wonderful in and of itself), family style salad and then the main course, a heaping plate of hot, in the shell, soft shell clams with a side of green beans and potato. Only one clam on the plate had a little grit. The rest were sweet and fresh. I'm a fried clam guy, myself, but Dad wanted me to take him to Brians, and I am glad we did it. BTW Brian's is across the street from Pirates Cove, a locally famous clam and ice cream shack.