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2003/08/25 21:01:07 (permalink)

WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND?

As fried clams are probably my favorite food, I would like to hear anyone's thoughts with regard to where they think the best fried clams can be had in New England.
Unfortunatley we live in western MA (about 80 miles from the coast)and great fried clams do not exist out here (at least to my knowledge).
Its not uncommon for us to drive 120 miles (one way)...(EAST OF HERE)to get great fried clams / flounder flakes...(anyone ever here of flounder flakes?)....thats what they call them at our favorite seafood resturant...which again is 120 miles away.
Any inland recomendations would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
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    mayor al
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/08/25 21:09:41 (permalink)
    No Debate here-
    IPSWICH and CAPE ANN. Several Stands qualify within that small area. Drive the distance and appreciate the results. Clam Box and Woodsman are leading examples...but there are others in the same league.
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/08/25 22:48:09 (permalink)
    You definately have to come to the Cape Ann area for good clams. I vote for Farnham's for the best. I've had Clam Box and Woodman's, Farnham's beats them hands down.
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/08/25 23:53:03 (permalink)
    I gotta go with the Clam Box in Ipswich. Woodman's has been coasting on its reputation for years, and the clams are absolutely nothing special anymore.
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/08/26 00:01:26 (permalink)
    Hey Linda or Lucky.... How does McIntyres on Rt 1 in Rowley compare to Ipswich clams? We used to really like the McIntyres Clams and Onion Rings, but it has been 10 years since we visited it.
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/08/26 04:41:01 (permalink)
    Last year's Roadfood taste-off rated the Cape Ann Clams thus, on a scale of 1-10: Clam Box (10), Farnham's (9), Essex Seafood (8), The Village Restaurant (7), Woodman's (7). These ratings were for clams only.
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/08/26 08:43:44 (permalink)
    Cream N' Cone in Cape Cod's West Dennis was consistently voted tops in fried (belly-less) clam strips before the place was fried itself recently.
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/08/26 11:32:23 (permalink)
    2 places in Orleans mass. Sir Cricket and Cooke's both serve top notch fried clams and other seafood / At Cookes they have Fried Lobster tails.
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/08/26 14:34:49 (permalink)
    Al, I've never eaten at McIntyre's -- if I'm on Rt. 1 in Rowley, my car moves immediately to the Agawam of its own accord.
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/08/26 14:44:45 (permalink)
    I cast my vote with Mr. Mayor, Ipswich and Cape Ann!
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/08/26 15:01:02 (permalink)
    Nice to know I have the support of the Artic delegation.
    While on the subject of the Northern side of Boston (Rt 1 or I-95). Is Putnam's Pantry still around in Danvers?? I used to make the gooiest ice cream sundae messes there.
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/08/27 01:35:24 (permalink)
    Thanks Mr. Mayor! I'm leaving next Tues. for two weeks in MA. My friends all live on the North Shore so that's where I'll be roadfooding it.....Essex, Danvers, Rowley, Newburyport, Ipswich. Am looking forward to some awesome fried clams, lobster rolls and we're planning a New England boiled dinner on Crane's Beach (lobsters, crabs, mussels, clams, corn, potatoes and don't forget the beer and wine!!!).
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/08/27 03:36:09 (permalink)
    Actually, I'll be on Crane Beach, lessee...about 36 hours from now! Followed, naturally, by a lovely late dinner at the Clam Box before a meandering ride home.
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/08/27 07:31:33 (permalink)
    Speaking of Route 1 north of Boston, looks like Russo's Candy & Ice Cream has at least a year stay as Krispy Kreme keeps running into zoning roadblocks in its attempts to commandeer that prime Rt. 1 south location (right across from Kelly's Roast Beef). FYI.
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/08/29 18:02:24 (permalink)
    Apologies to the folks from the Bay Colony, but I gotta go with Bill's at the Singing Bridge in Westbrook, CT as best clams.
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/08/29 18:09:55 (permalink)
    Mr. Mayor, I've never been to McIntyre's. Like Mr. Bishop, when our car comes in sight of the Agawam it automatically heads in that direction for pie and a cuppa tea. :)
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/08/29 18:36:23 (permalink)
    Lucky and Linda,
    I do understand about the craving for the Agawam. We lived in Georgetown when I attended Salem State and visited many of the food establishments around that area often. I worked for those years at the HOJO that was built as a service area on the old I-95 between Rt97 and Rt 133. That one was paved over with the coming of the newer freeway. It was a very busy stop for Beans and Franks or Clams on Friday nights back then. McIntyre's had very good clams and Onion Rings at that time...BUT then as now they aren't cheap !!

    BTW do either of you know if Putnams Pantry the ice cream place is still open on Rt 1 in Danvers?
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/08/31 22:38:12 (permalink)
    There are so many places on Cape Cod with great fried clams, ditto for Maine. Just head for the coast and you'll find them.
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/09/04 01:50:27 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by croquethed

    Apologies to the folks from the Bay Colony, but I gotta go with Bill's at the Singing Bridge in Westbrook, CT as best clams.

    I agree w/ c.hed- Bill's Seafood has the best: rich and tender, with a crust so crisp it shatters. It's not summer til I'm seated on their deck, smelling the salt air, and eating my first clam roll of the season. Ambrosia!
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/09/04 17:10:40 (permalink)
    The Clam Box is tremendous but Cape Cod people know that Kreme N' Kone in Dennisport and Chatham are right up there. The Dennisport Kreme N' Kone has reopened after the fire last winter. A new location on cor of rt 28 and rt 134. Give it a try!
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/09/16 14:54:00 (permalink)
    Not sure just where you live in western MA but I live in NW CT near the MA border and we love the whole belly fried clams at Blue Sky Foods in New Hartford, CT. Also....probably a hike for you but Lenny & Joe's Fishtail Restaurant in Westbrook, CT has great ones, too as does Denmo's in Southbury, CT.
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/09/16 19:37:55 (permalink)
    Fried clams aren't my "thing", but I have heard that Harry's, a great diner on Route 9 in Westboro, has great fried clams. I can say that Harry's is a wonderful roadfood experience in general, great menu, GREAT staff, colorful handmade signs displaying the various dishes.


    And Mr. Mayor...to answer your question, Putnam's is still on Route 1 in Danvers.
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/09/16 20:07:10 (permalink)
    No one's mentioned Kelly's Roast Beef in Revere. Actually, the clams (which are very good) may not be quite as good as you get in Ipswich or Essex, but Kelly's is open very late at night (great if you work until midnight, like me) and is closer to Boston (depending on where you're coming from, it may be more convenient) . . . but what really makes Kelly's clams stand out is their tartar sauce. It's unlike any you'll find anywhere else. We always get extra tartar sauce and use it on the fries as well as the clams (or scallops, my husband's preference). I've tried to duplicate it at home, and come pretty close. Kelly's tartar sauce with fried clams from Ipswich or Essex is as close to fried clam heaven as it gets.
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/09/17 01:40:44 (permalink)
    I like the Clam Castle in Clinton, CT. Bill's is quite ambrosia-like too though.
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/10/15 18:36:30 (permalink)
    Any specific recommendations in the Kennebunkport to Portland, Maine area?

    I went to boarding school in Kennebunkport in 1965/1966 and am considering revisiting the place next summer!

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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/10/16 16:13:54 (permalink)
    I just got back from a trip to New England, and I ate some scrumptious wholebelly clams on Cape Cod at a place called BarbyAnne's in Hyannis. My two traveling companions were served a couple of beautiful chicken pies here, and they pronounced them delicious. We all had chocolate mousse torte for dessert that was out of this world.
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/10/16 17:53:33 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by croquethed

    Apologies to the folks from the Bay Colony, but I gotta go with Bill's at the Singing Bridge in Westbrook, CT as best clams.

    I've been there, and the clams were good. Didn't they replace the Singing Bridge?
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/10/17 07:33:51 (permalink)
    If you want a lobster roll with REAL chuncks of lobster, try the Seafarer Tavern in WIckford, RI. Had to cut the lobster with a knife they were so large. Just the right amount of mayo and no other fillers.
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2003/10/17 08:54:08 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by pfarmer241

    If you want a lobster roll with REAL chuncks of lobster, try the Seafarer Tavern in WIckford, RI. Had to cut the lobster with a knife they were so large. Just the right amount of mayo and no other fillers.


    That's not a lobster roll. That's a lobster salad sandwich.
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    RE: WHERE ARE THE BEST FRIED CLAMS IN NEW ENGLAND? 2004/10/01 16:16:53 (permalink)
    Coming from Western Massachusetts, you have to pass a few very good clam places to get to Cape Ann. In the Brookfields on Rt 9, you can't miss Howard's a dumpy seasonal drivein. If you can stand the wait in the long line you will get the best lobster roll anywhere. The fried clams are good too. A little east on Rt 20 in Auburn, you will pass Ronnies. Ronnies is also seasonal but bigger. The lines are long but they are set up to handle the crowd. I think that they do great clams, perhaps as good as the Clam Box, but if you have gone that far, you should go 1 more town east to Millbury and try Scales Restaurant in a hard to find former mill on River Street. Scales is great because they serve the best fried clams year around, and price them well below the competition. You can eat on the deck in season, but most people eat inside. The plates are paper, but the restaurant is clean and neat. They serve only the best grade of clams from Ipswitch Shellfish Co, the best supplier of clams to restaurants.
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