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RE: Fried Clams - Tue, 06/24/08 7:37 AM
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No change as of yet. The flats are still closed, we need a good nor'easter to stir things up a bit.
Clams are available though, being trucked in from other areas and frozen supplies still on hand.
Be prepared to pay, a lot of places are dropping some dishes {steamers etc.}
and changing the menu to market price for other offerings.
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RE: Fried Clams - Tue, 06/24/08 8:00 AM
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I tried the fried clams at Micky's Oceanic Grill in East Hartford last week. Good, but not up to Essex MA standards IMHO. I followed a truck from the Ipswich Shellfish Company into the parking lot, which was a good sign! The clams themselves seemed to be fresh, and were good sized. I wonder where they came from if the flats are still closed?

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RE: Fried Clams - Tue, 06/24/08 9:06 AM
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Good chance they were from Maryland or Canada, parts of Jersey and maybe some areas of northern Maine.
Ipswich shellfish is a huge company and own many other wholesale/ distribution companys on the east coast.
You said the clams were of good size so my guess would be Maryland.
Most Canadian clams are smaller.
Also most clams you get have been previously frozen, sold by the gallon to restaraunts. It may also have been leftover winter harvests from our areas but those go quick this time of year. Those winter stores are also saved for the larger and loyal long time coustomers. Chow Jim

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RE: Fried Clams - Tue, 06/24/08 1:40 PM
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I lived on the North Shore for 25 years, and have been to all the clam spots there - some of them dozens of times! - so I'm an experienced clam-o-phile. I'm pretty sure I could spot previously-frozen clams, and I'm reasonably certain these were fresh. Maryland sounds like the most likely source from your list.

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RE: Fried Clams - Sat, 06/28/08 8:13 AM
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Ipswich is opening on Monday. lets hope this is over for another year.

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RE: Fried Clams - Thu, 07/3/08 12:57 PM
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I'm a Connecticut native, but have lived in Chicago for the past 25 years now. There's nothing I miss more than my whole belly fried clams. I'm planning a trip back to New England the last week of September and am wondering if there's any chance I'll be able to enjoy my favorite treats. Does the red tide last the entire season or does it usually dissipate later on?

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RE: Fried Clams - Thu, 07/3/08 2:03 PM
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I'm a Connecticut native, but have lived in Chicago for the past 25 years now. There's nothing I miss more than my whole belly fried clams. I'm planning a trip back to New England the last week of September and am wondering if there's any chance I'll be able to enjoy my favorite treats. Does the red tide last the entire season or does it usually dissipate later on?


Welcome!!! I note that this was your first post. A few years ago, I too, found Roadfood as the result of a Google search on fried clams. I hear that the clam beds are reopening, but if they stay open, who knows??? In my experience, though, the good clam shacks find a way to serve clams all season. They depend on frozen and product shipped in from other areas. Some on Roadfood are able to notice when a frozen product is served. I can't tell the difference. If you come all the way from the windy city, make sure you get clams!!!!! Post a few days before you come, and this friendly group will tell you of lots of places serving clams

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RE: Fried Clams - Thu, 07/3/08 2:21 PM
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Thanks, I'll definitely post in time to make reservations. I'm planning this whole trip around the clam shacks. Although my wife won't touch them (native Chicagoan, what can I say?), she's giving in to my passion. This vacation is all about the clams, with maybe a lobster or two thrown in!

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RE: Fried Clams - Thu, 07/3/08 2:26 PM
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I have a question that I'm sure has already been asked and answered somewhere but please don't make me read this whole thread. What is a Whole Belly Fried Clam vs a fried clam? Thank you

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RE: Fried Clams - Fri, 07/4/08 7:37 AM
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Ipswich is opening on Monday. lets hope this is over for another year.


GREAT NEWS, keeping fingers crossed!

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RE: Fried Clams - Fri, 07/4/08 8:20 AM
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Originally posted by mmarkovitz

I have a question that I'm sure has already been asked and answered somewhere but please don't make me read this whole thread. What is a Whole Belly Fried Clam vs a fried clam? Thank you
A whole belly is just a regular steamer or piss type clam sucked from the shell breaded and fried intact.
The other option known as fried clam strips are sea clams that have been sliced into strips breadded and fried.
As far as the earlyer poster stateing his wife dosen't care for them.
I'll give you a hint if you decide to do the Ipswich area for your fix. Go to the Agawam Diner on Rt#1 in Ipswich.
The same family as The Clam Box, sister owns the Clam Box.
Same supplyer, same quality both very good.
Keeps the wife happy with more menu options, and as all GOOD diners they do their baking on premise from scratch.
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RE: Fried Clams - Fri, 07/4/08 10:34 AM
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Jim,
I believe the Agawam Diner is in Rowley, just up the road from Ipswich. My ex taught in the Rowley School while I was attending Salem State an eternity ago. The Agawam was an institution then as it is now !! And yes, I have a good memory or two of their clams being as good as Mcintyres, another (now gone) institution in the same community.

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RE: Fried Clams - Sat, 07/5/08 10:08 AM
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Right you are Al.
But if you were in a watermellon seed spitting contest the seeds would land in Ipswich.
Of note to others www.boston.com {travel section} has listed some of New Englands favorite clam shacks. I did say SOME.
There are many more with some great offerings where you wouldn't expect them. I guess we all have those secret spots tucked in our back pockets.
A fear of the place getting too popular. Chow Jim

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RE: Fried Clams - Sun, 08/31/08 8:05 PM
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OK, I'm not one to let an old thread die.

Can anyone comment on prices this year? We just made our annual birthday trip to Bubbling Brook in Westwood. I know, not a famous clam destination, but it is a RF destination in our neck of the woods. Clams were excellent. Big, tender, sweet, rich, not cloyed by batter or fat, everything I dream of in a Summer treat. Scallops were excellent: sweet, moist, barely dusted in flour and fried to perfection.

The clam plate with decent fries and a decent (i.e. very good for New England) nappy cup of slaw was $26 and change, the scallops $16+. We enjoyed it immensely and we're not complaining. There's something great about having the old time ice-cream, fried shellfish, hot-dog stand so close and so near to horse farms despite the MacMansions growing like mushrooms that we love. But this is more than a 10% increase in a year. Is this normal this year, or did we hit a bad week, or has our standard place gone to Dover/Sherborn pricing?

One reason I ask is that a business associate of the Lady Ashphalt is coming in from KC to spend a long week on the Cape. He's a fellow foodie and we're planning to meet. At these prices, we may want to take him to upscale dining, rather than clamshack.

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RE: Fried Clams - Mon, 09/1/08 6:55 AM
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OUCH! $26 bucks is steep. Up here on the North shore we are close to the $20 dollar area for the plate of fried clams.
I can't justify that price though. All the flats are open and the diggers are racking out on every tide. Must be other associated costs?
Your right at those prices go for the upscale spot, unless your willing to travel up here. Contact me if, I've got a spot in my back pocket that may fit the bill. Chow Jim
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RE: Fried Clams - Mon, 09/1/08 7:33 AM
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OK, I'm not one to let an old thread die.

Can anyone comment on prices this year? We just made our annual birthday trip to Bubbling Brook in Westwood. I know, not a famous clam destination, but it is a RF destination in our neck of the woods. Clams were excellent. Big, tender, sweet, rich, not cloyed by batter or fat, everything I dream of in a Summer treat. Scallops were excellent: sweet, moist, barely dusted in flour and fried to perfection.

The clam plate with decent fries and a decent (i.e. very good for New England) nappy cup of slaw was $26 and change, the scallops $16+. We enjoyed it immensely and we're not complaining. There's something great about having the old time ice-cream, fried shellfish, hot-dog stand so close and so near to horse farms despite the MacMansions growing like mushrooms that we love. But this is more than a 10% increase in a year. Is this normal this year, or did we hit a bad week, or has our standard place gone to Dover/Sherborn pricing?

One reason I ask is that a business associate of the Lady Ashphalt is coming in from KC to spend a long week on the Cape. He's a fellow foodie and we're planning to meet. At these prices, we may want to take him to upscale dining, rather than clamshack.



I was in Kittery and YorkBeach ME in early July and late August. A lunch of fried clams was $16-19. Wish I could find fried clams on the Eastern Shore of Maryland!!! Only one place I know of has them, Harris' Crab House. They do great seafood and crabs, but the fried clams are just ok.

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RE: Fried Clams - Mon, 09/1/08 11:03 PM
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And then you don't tell me where Harris Clam Shack is????????

I have yet to find any places in MD DE or PA that have decent fried clams (well, the Samson St Oyster House in Philly did, but they closed)

A lot of NE fried clams actually come from MD. The best places in NE still dig locally, but a lot of the others just go with flow. MD is far from being a hotbed for clams, fried or steamed. Even the "steamers" you get in many places are littlenecks.

I once, on a trip to CA, went 60 miles out of my way to a Marin Cty Restaurant thet had Ipswhich Clams ( got the only order they had that night, and they were good, not great), so I"m willing to travel to Harris's.......just where is it?

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RE: Fried Clams - Mon, 09/1/08 11:09 PM
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OK, found Harris's on the Internet. But you said they were just OK. Worth a trip from Wilmington DE? Are they large and lightly breaded or just small and overly breaded? (That will depend on how fast my car turns South)

PS...thanks for the info and your help

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RE: Fried Clams - Tue, 09/2/08 5:20 AM
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And then you don't tell me where Harris Clam Shack is????????

I have yet to find any places in MD DE or PA that have decent fried clams (well, the Samson St Oyster House in Philly did, but they closed)

A lot of NE fried clams actually come from MD. The best places in NE still dig locally, but a lot of the others just go with flow. MD is far from being a hotbed for clams, fried or steamed. Even the "steamers" you get in many places are littlenecks.

I once, on a trip to CA, went 60 miles out of my way to a Marin Cty Restaurant thet had Ipswhich Clams ( got the only order they had that night, and they were good, not great), so I"m willing to travel to Harris's.......just where is it?


Sorry! Harris' Seafood and Crab House in Grasonville MD. It sits on the Kent Narrows, right off of US
Rts 50 and 301.

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RE: Fried Clams - Tue, 09/2/08 5:22 AM
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Originally posted by FriedClamFanatic

OK, found Harris's on the Internet. But you said they were just OK. Worth a trip from Wilmington DE? Are they large and lightly breaded or just small and overly breaded? (That will depend on how fast my car turns South)

PS...thanks for the info and your help


On the small side and more breading than they do in New England. Most of the time they are ok, but once in awhile too crispy.

That said they are better than nothing.

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RE: Fried Clams - Sun, 09/14/08 11:23 AM
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Silly question, what do they DO with the BELLYS if a place serves only strips ?!!!! Hmmmmmm...........

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RE: Fried Clams - Sun, 09/14/08 12:15 PM
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Not silly at all.
They are two different clams. The clam strips come from the meat of a sea clam cut into strips.
The piss clam is always served whole, fried or steamed. Chow Jim

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RE: Fried Clams - Sun, 09/14/08 12:38 PM
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Jim,

You forgot the "and..."

and that's why they don't taste as sweet and briny and depending on the size of the sea clam and where the strip is cut from are often rubbery.

To my taste, I'll take calimari over sea clam any day.

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RE: Fried Clams - Sun, 09/14/08 2:12 PM
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poor me, I've never seen fried whole clams in my town, or clam pizza either.... do you think any clams might make their way into lake superior?? I could go CLAMMIN" !!!!I even own a pair of pink clamdigger pants ! so I'm all set !! Dawn

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RE: Fried Clams - Sat, 01/3/09 8:22 PM
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I'm so excited! Kroger's (Mockingbird) in Dallas is now stocking Mrs. Paul's frozen fried clam strips. They are the only packaged frozen fried clams for sale in all of Dallas! 

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RE: Fried Clams - Wed, 01/7/09 10:45 PM
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I must admit that I really, really miss Howard Johnson's.

I LOVED their clams.

I love all clams!

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RE: Fried Clams - Wed, 01/7/09 11:31 PM
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Me too! The last time I was in NY, I ate 4 dozen littlenecks on the half shell in one sitting!
The amazed counterman said, "boy, you must have really been hungry".

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RE: Fried Clams - Thu, 02/12/09 12:46 AM
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Truer words have not been said. My best friend lived in the blue house right behind The Clam Box for 20 years. The smell of them cooking while we sat on his deck was heaven. We would each throw in a few bucks and send a kid over to wait in line!

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RE: Fried Clams - Wed, 04/8/09 2:49 PM
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Went to the Clam Box at wollaston beach today.  They were awesome.
The clams were fresh and the bellys were huge. 

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RE: Fried Clams - Wed, 04/15/09 5:14 PM
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Still looking - Anyone know where in Maryland/Delaware, they have whole bellied fried clams on the menu?

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RE: Fried Clams - Wed, 04/15/09 7:57 PM
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There is a legal seafood in King of Prussia PA that supposedly serves them, but I haven't tried them yet.  other than that....slim pickin's

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RE: Fried Clams - Thu, 06/18/09 6:38 PM
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THose of you in Marin County, Ca are in for a treat!  I had to fly out there to help s friend and we went to The Yankee Pier in Larkspur for lunch.  Great fried clams supposedly flown in daily!  Nothing like flying 3000 miles for a great meal!  You can have them as an appetizer, a sort-of Clam roll (they call it a po-boy) or a full plate.

And Although I didn't get to sample it, the rest of the menu looked pretty good too.  You can have Lobster rolls with or without butter or mayo, etc. as you wish. Part of the place is outdoors (they even have a sandbox for kids!).  Just up the street from the Larkspur Inn.

Oh.....and nice wine by the glass or bottle


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RE: Fried Clams - Thu, 06/18/09 7:03 PM
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With all the GREAT seafood on the Pacific coast why even bother with wholebellies and lobster, no dis. but really why?

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RE: Fried Clams - Thu, 06/18/09 7:13 PM
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exsquidao


With all the GREAT seafood on the Pacific coast why even bother with wholebellies and lobster, no dis. but really why?

 




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RE: Fried Clams - Tue, 06/23/09 2:48 PM
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I don't know if it will be an everyday thing, but I had some great fried clams at the newly opened Oyster House, which used to be Sansom Street Oyster House.  On Sansom between 15th and 16th in Center City Philadelphia.

Also had maybe the best Oyster Stew ever, made with DOUBLE CREAM!!!

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RE: Fried Clams - Fri, 06/26/09 4:07 PM
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Love them fried clams.

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RE: Fried Clams - Sun, 08/2/09 8:36 AM
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Going to Rhode Island, the Coventry- Warwick area. Any suggestions on places to get whole belly fried clams there? I saw on Trip Advisor a person suggested Iggy's in Warwick. Anyone been there? Also, anyone been to Champlin's in Narragansett, it sounds good online! Oh, and one more question, any places for whole belly fried clams around Auburn or Sturbridge MA.?
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RE: Fried Clams - Sun, 08/2/09 10:53 PM
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try ronnies in auburn .real nice seafood.i was there  a month ago got an large fried scallop and large fried clam was very good.

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RE: Fried Clams - Mon, 08/3/09 7:11 AM
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Fantastic! Thank you for the tip! Sounds like the place to stop for the night. Now you do mean whole belly fried clams, right? OK, now if someone would just know which RI. place is better, Iggy's or Champlin's, or another place....I'll be in the Coventry/ Warwick/N.Kingston area.

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RE: Fried Clams - Mon, 08/3/09 8:22 AM
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First things first....exsquidao....as the Harley slogan goes...."if you have to ask, you wouldnt understand".
Don't forget Farnhams in Ipswich as well.....good clams there....last beer that I had there was so cold I thought my fillings were going to fall out.
Clam Box, Woodmans, Clam Shack (Kennebunk, ME), Bob's (Kittery, ME) and Cape Pier Chowder (Cape Porpoise, ME) are my other favorite fried clam / seafood destinations.

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RE: Fried Clams - Mon, 08/3/09 8:42 AM
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Avoid Iggy's as it is all frozen stuff that's you'd probably find anywhere in the country.   Champlins is significantly better, but excluding the view at Champlins, Aunt Carries is hands down the best in the area. 

If water view is not important, Buttonwoods Fish & Chips in Warwick has the best fried seafood (as well as best fresh cut fries & onion rings) south of Hortons.
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RE: Fried Clams - Mon, 08/3/09 9:14 AM
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I second the opinion(s) of mjambro.....Champlin's and Aunt Carrie's should be a must on your stay. That's BOTH of them! You won't be sorry.

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RE: Fried Clams - Mon, 08/3/09 9:15 AM
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Thanks so much for the heads up on Iggy's! We'll only be in the area a day, so want to get the best whole belly fried clams we can. Where is Aunt Carries? And I did see Buttonwoods online, but wasn't sure if they had the whole bellies - do they??

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RE: Fried Clams - Mon, 08/3/09 11:41 PM
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Woo


Fantastic! Thank you for the tip! Sounds like the place to stop for the night. Now you do mean whole belly fried clams, right? OK, now if someone would just know which RI. place is better, Iggy's or Champlin's, or another place....I'll be in the Coventry/ Warwick/N.Kingston area.
yes they have the whole belly clams at ronnys,sorry i wasnt thinking .


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RE: Fried Clams - Tue, 08/4/09 8:29 PM
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That's ok, I just wanted to be sure! Has anyone been to Buttonwoods Fish and Chips in Warwick? Thank you to all who are jumping in here.

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RE: Fried Clams - Tue, 08/4/09 8:35 PM
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I haven't eaten fried clams in any way, shape or form in so many years, I'd eat them fried anyway their served! 
Strips, bellies, Ipswich, East coast, West coast, I don't give a damn. Just serve em up!

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RE: Fried Clams - Tue, 08/4/09 9:01 PM
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Whole belly fried clams are being served at *some* places in New England.  The algae and red tide has wiped out very many clam beds in that area.  This weekend I had a "small" order at Kelly's on Revere Beach which cost $16.99.  The fried clams at the Maine Diner in Wells, ME, were $26.99 for a full order.  Many places just indicated "market price" on their menus.



Balancing this, and on the other hand, lobster prices are lower than they have been in years!   I enjoyed a twin lobster dinner at the Mount Vernon Restaurant in Somerville, MA, for $12.99!
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RE: Fried Clams - Tue, 08/4/09 9:27 PM
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I just can't believe the current prices for fried clams. Growing up in NY, a (baker's) dozen of little necks on the 1/2 shell were .98 cents! .98 cents!!!
We used to go clamming on Saturdays and sell them for $4.00 a bushel!

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RE: Fried Clams - Wed, 08/5/09 2:43 AM
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Woo


Thanks so much for the heads up on Iggy's! We'll only be in the area a day, so want to get the best whole belly fried clams we can. Where is Aunt Carries? And I did see Buttonwoods online, but wasn't sure if they had the whole bellies - do they??



Buttonwoods has whole belly clams.   Had their scallops yesterday - outstanding (sea, not the smaller bay scallops as served at Aunt Carries).  All their seafood is fresh & lightly / freshly battered immediately before cooking, similar to their freshly prepared onion rings.  I've found their fried clams to be superior to Aunt Carries and Champlins.  Aunt Carries is across the street from the Pt Judith Iggies (NOT the Warwick location).

May want to call to confirm (401 - 738-7571) that they have whole bellies in inventory the day of or day before you intend to be there (closed Mondays and only open for lunch and breakfast til about 2 pm mid week & Sunday (possibly just breakfast on Sunday).  They are open until early evening (8pm?) on Friday  &  (from what I recall) possibly Thur / Sat evenings.
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RE: Fried Clams - Wed, 08/5/09 9:38 AM
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THose of you in Marin County, Ca are in for a treat!  ...  Great fried clams supposedly flown in daily!  Nothing like flying 3000 miles for a great meal!  You can have them as an appetizer, a sort-of Clam roll (they call it a po-boy) or a full plate...  ...You can have Lobster rolls with or without butter or mayo, etc. as you wish. Part of the place is outdoors (they even have a sandbox for kids!).  Just up the street from the Larkspur Inn.

Oh.....and nice wine by the glass or bottle



This is great news.  I am a Marin Co. guy and my mom lives up in Novato. She was raised in CT and went to Southport Seafood in Westport, CT. before it was ever listed in Roadfood. I have sent her photos of fried bellies from Denmo's just to tease her.
The funny thing is that I am very far away from any seafood and it seems that my best bet for fried clams will be in the west coast when I go to visit this Christmas...

Currently I am reading about the lowered lobster prices and sort of wishing I was back east  ...but only for a moment.

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RE: Fried Clams - Wed, 08/5/09 10:06 AM
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I had my first whole belly clams last week in Sandy Hook, NJ. at Bahr's Seafood. I was in love with the first bite. I had only previously had clam strips being a southern girl.  There is no comparison.

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RE: Fried Clams - Thu, 08/6/09 12:36 PM
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They have an extensive seafood menu  as well as a few non seafood things.  I can almost guarantee you will enjoy it!

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RE: Fried Clams - Sun, 07/25/10 11:05 PM
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Clam strips??? BLEEECHHH!!!!! You mean fish lips!!!

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RE: Fried Clams - Mon, 07/26/10 9:23 PM
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If they ain't Ipswich they ain't fried clams.


I have to agree.
 


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RE: Fried Clams - Tue, 07/27/10 12:44 AM
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With that statement I love clams and also those other things they call clams.

So...  if Howard Johnson's clams were so loved by so many why don't the many fast food places or any of the many fast food places about add fried clams to their menus?

I'd get in line!

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RE: Fried Clams - Tue, 07/27/10 6:01 AM
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Michael Hoffman


If they ain't Ipswich they ain't fried clams.


I have to agree.
 


We will be at the Clam Box a week from Friday on our way home from Maine, mouths are watering already.
 
Red Sox Nation, what's the word on Ipswich conditions and harvest so far this year? Thanks, Doug

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RE: Fried Clams - Wed, 07/28/10 10:41 AM
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Marlene,
  In this part of the Midwest/South (you choose), most of the seafood menus at the larger restaurants have "Clams (Strips)" on there somewhere. Usually it is as one of several items on their "Seafood Platter" NONE of them feature "Whole-Bellies" !!!

Same goes for the FF fish chains...Captain Dee's and Long John Silvers. Clam Strips  will be on the 'assorted seaford' combinations...and may be a plate of it's own at times.

As a person who worked his way thru undergrad college by breading and frying tons of the clam strips at HOJO's, while loving the Whole-Bellies available at nearby "McIntyres in Rowley", I will testify to the quality and flavor of the Whole-Belly Clam over the Rubber Band Quality of the Clam strips.

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RE: Fried Clams - Wed, 07/28/10 3:12 PM
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I found a whole belly place here in the San Fernando Valley but I've yet to go.

$30 for a plate of Ipswich far away from their home.  Don't know if I should trust it.

That's just a whole bunch of money.

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RE: Fried Clams - Wed, 07/28/10 9:55 PM
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mar52, Fried whole bellies are pretty expensive even in New England--during a recent trip we paid between $12 and $18 for a serving. Considering the cost of transporting the clams to San Fernando, and perhaps restaurant overhead costs in your area, that restaurant may be offering the real deal. I wish I could find them on the menus in Milwaukee.
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RE: Fried Clams - Wed, 07/28/10 10:03 PM
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mar52


I found a whole belly place here in the San Fernando Valley but I've yet to go.

$30 for a plate of Ipswich far away from their home.  Don't know if I should trust it.

That's just a whole bunch of money.

Better be at least a pint.

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