Re:Woodmans in Essex
Well, I'm an official Woodman's addict. Sadly (where it comes to finding this kind of food) I'm also a New Yorker. I love New England--most everything about it, except the Red Sox, of course. Now, don't get all huffy about that, you guys. If anyone understands passion for a sports team you guys do. I consider Red Sox fans to be some of the best baseball fans in the entire world, especially you older ones. You hung in there with the Sawx for a century with nothing to show for your allegiance, and were finally rewarded twice. But I'm a Yankees fan and have been since 1956. You can hate me if you want to, but you have to respect the fact that I've been following the same great team for over 50 years, and I've seen my share of downs as well as ups. You may consider them to be the Evil Empire, but it's all about passion and allegiance, and I've had both since 1956.
Now, let's get to the important stuff. I've never lived more than a mile offshore in my life (except for a year in Phoenix, which I won't discuss). Born in Miami and grew up and still live in Long Island, NY. Seafood is KING (well, along with Italian food and sushi of course). And the best thing ever put on the planet is of course the whole belly Ipswich fried clam. And the best place to find it is still Woodman's. My screen name probably gives you an idea of my adoration for this incredible morsel of loveliness. I've traveled all over looking for the perfect fried whole belly clam. Sorry gang...there are great places on the Cape, and the Clam Box is probably just as good, but for my money, it's all about Chubby's joint. Woodman's is KING. I've tried 'em all: the Clam Shack in Kennebunkport (meh...not bad, but no Woodman's). Nope. It's Woodman's. I'm just grateful that there are no good places on Long Island or I'd be eating these things like M&M's and my arteries would be going on strike. There's a place here called Bigelow's but it's crap and it's expensive. I hear there's a place in Madison, CT that's good, but that's a ridiculous trip for me too. Guess I'll just have to fantasize about WBC's all the time and whenever I'm on my way north and east, I'll gladly drive out of my way to hit Essex and pay Woodman's a long-anticipated visit. You eastern New Englanders are so lucky!