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RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2004/10/02 17:10:55 (permalink)
Tmiles knows fried clams. My wife and I checked out Scales in Millbury this afternoon. The clams and scallops were fantastic. No more trips to Dube's in Salem or the Clam Box in Ipswich! The onion rings were probably the best we have ever had. I highly recommend Scales Restaurant in Millbury, MA.
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RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2004/10/25 12:18:26 (permalink)
There is another place I didn't mention, because I had not been there in a couple of years. I'll mention it now because we ate at CJ's yesterday. They are on Rt 20 in Monson Mass. Ph 283 2196 (sorry no area code on placemat) They are not as good as Scales,in my opinion, but they are very worth visiting. I had the hot lobster roll that costs 10.95. I made it "Delux" with a pile of fries and a very nice cole slaw for 13.95. The lobster was on a grilled hotdog roll with melted butter on the side. The lobster itself was not prebuttered. My honey got the fish and chips. The portion was huge, and the fish was served tidbit size. We both got a very crisp salad with a wonderful blue cheese dressing for only a dollar. (with meal) Unlike some restaurants in the area, this place does not charge extra for the blue cheese dressing. I didn't try the fried clams, but others were ordering them. A steady flow of them was being served. They were also serving a lot of the special, a 10 oz strip steak at 9.95. This is a sitdown restaurant with friendly servers, paper place mats (the kind with ads), and dishes, not paper plates. The prices were very reasonable.
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RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2004/10/25 12:32:01 (permalink)
Putnams pantry is still open
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RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2004/10/25 12:48:11 (permalink)
Originally posted by Hepcat

Any specific recommendations in the Kennebunkport to Portland, Maine area?

Try Newick's in South Portland, on Broadway near the million-dollar bridge.
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RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2004/10/25 14:35:10 (permalink)
You might find things still open at Old Orchard beach.
Year round, the Arundel Seafood Ctr., Rt 1 Arundel, just north of Kennebunk has excellant seafood.
Also the Maine Diner, on Route 1, just before the turn off on Rt 9 to kennebunkport, does well with seafood.
For Portland restaurants, try www.foodinportland.com
Clam places still tend to be seasonal.
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RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2004/10/25 15:08:53 (permalink)
Before you get to Portland, for fried clams, Bob's Clam Hut in Kittery has great clams (onion rings also). It's right next to the Kittery Trading Post on Route 1. You won't be dissapointed and it is open year round.
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RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2004/10/25 15:31:19 (permalink)
Clam Box without a doubt is tops. After a 10 day tour of NE coast, the Box beats out other Roadfood stops. Dont forget their clam chowder, it's excellent!
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RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2004/10/25 15:48:29 (permalink)
I liked davetoo's comment about Bob's being open year around. That is important! It is easy to get good or great fried clams in the summer around coastal New England, but what are we to do in winter? I want my clams in January as much as in July. I may miss some, but in this thread, the only year around places I remember are Bob's, CJ's, Harry's and Scales. I am sure there are others. (Mrs O's, a place that I have not visited is reviewed on this site, and is also year around) Maybe we should start a new thread for year around clams.
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RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2004/10/25 16:08:11 (permalink)
If you happen to be in Maine during July, the Yarmouth Clam festival is certainly worth a stop.....at Yarmouth of course...
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RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2014/04/30 19:22:58 (permalink)
Scales in Millbury, Mass has been mentioned by myself and others in this thread. It is under new ownership, but still really good. I dug up this old post, because The Phantom Gourmet, a Boston area TV show was there last Friday. I don't know when the segment will air, but I expect that it will bring in some customers to a place that doesn't do much self promotion. They serve year around, but fried clams really do go with summer!!!
 
If you are in Millbury, and want some very nice clams at a GREAT price, try Pizza Chef. When they have them, the "clam boat" for 9.95 includes TWO whole belly clam rolls (hot butter toasted New England style buns), average fries, and better than average cole slaw.......a real deal, and sometimes a sellout. Pizza Chef is about 1/2 mile from Scales.
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RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2014/05/10 11:43:26 (permalink)
The lines at Ronnies (Auburn, MA) have not looked as long so far this season. I've not made it there for clams this season, although I did stop for ice cream. I wonder if they will remain the largest customer for Ipswich Shellfish Co, the reputed best supplier of whole belly clams. I hope to test a lot of clams this summer!!!
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RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2014/05/18 14:30:41 (permalink)
Representing southern Connecticut, Stowe's Seafood in West Haven is my local go-to joint. A simple, nautical setting across from the beach, very good clams. Lobster roll is pretty good. too.
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RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2014/05/18 14:46:21 (permalink)
Stowe's is still good? I'm glad to hear it. I haven't been there in more than 15 years.
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RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2014/05/18 15:50:36 (permalink)
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The lines at Ronnies (Auburn, MA) have not looked as long so far this season. I've not made it there for clams this season, although I did stop for ice cream. I wonder if they will remain the largest customer for Ipswich Shellfish Co, the reputed best supplier of whole belly clams. I hope to test a lot of clams this summer!!!

 
tmiles,
 
Don't know how I missed Ronnie's?  I stay at the Hampton Inn, Auburn.  I drove by it over 100 times!  I stopped at the Clam Box in Auburn once, the ordering experience itself was so bad that I walked out.  Also tried Harry's on 9, not impressed.
 
I am starting a new project in Billerica in June, any RF places nearby?  I had the roast beef at Mikeys, it was good.  The whole bellies, just alright.
 
My current favorite for clams is Westfair Fish & Chips in Westport, CT.  I am planning to stop there on Thursday on my way to West haven, but, maybe I'll give Stowe's Seafood a try.  It's walking distance from the project I'm bidding on.  Michael Hoffman, I'll be sure to send you a picture 
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RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2014/05/18 16:03:41 (permalink)
Oh, sure. Rub it in. But we'll be up there after June 15th.
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RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2014/05/18 23:34:14 (permalink)
Joe...........you're gonna be in West Haven..............from what I remember/am told..........it's still the Fried Clam Capitol of the NH area!
 
but all pic and recs are appreciated
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RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2014/05/19 11:51:38 (permalink)
I think the best fried clams are at the Clam Box in Ipswich although Woodman's claims to have "created" the fried clam.  Theirs are good too.
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RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2014/05/19 19:16:19 (permalink)
You mean that it's not Howard Johnson's anymore?

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