Fried Clams

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jellybear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
2004/03/11 09:48:48
I havent had any of these in a long time so I decided to try some the other nite and all I can say is WOW!what have I been missing,They were great!Whats your favorite clam recipie?Do you use flour and cormeal or a commerical bread mixture?Ive got clams right out my backdoor!
signman
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/03/11 12:29:39
The first time I was served real whole fried clams in a real Clam Shack, I thought "What the &%@#&&??" For me a fried clam will always be the memory of Howard Johnson's Fried Tendersweet Clam Roll. Boy those were great.
Cakes
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/03/11 13:25:25
Do you mean clam strips or real fried clams - with bellies?, said with a distainful sniff that only a New England yankee can master.

I am not the NE yankee, I have just heard it said more than once.

Cakes
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Fried Clams 2004/03/11 14:52:50
If they ain't Ipswich they ain't fried clams.
lizardqueen1
Junior Burger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/03/11 15:11:06
The Clam Box in Ipswich just opened this past weekend - they have the best fried clams anywhere in my opinion.
pfarmer241
Junior Burger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/03/12 06:24:50
Have been to the Clam Box in Ipswich and they are the best. As I am from NE, there is no other place to get fried clams. I live in FL (34 yrs) and the restaurants import the clams from NE, just no the same.

Peggy Farmer
Englewood, FL
tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: Fried Clams 2004/03/12 07:21:28
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

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

Truer words were never spoken!!!!Clams stips aren't clams. Since i am no longer living on the coast if i get a craving for fried clams--I order scallops!!!
Cakes
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/03/12 07:49:55
quote:
Originally posted by pfarmer241

Have been to the Clam Box in Ipswich and they are the best. As I am from NE, there is no other place to get fried clams. I live in FL (34 yrs) and the restaurants import the clams from NE, just no the same.

Peggy Farmer
Englewood, FL

Peggy,

Have you tried the ones at Barnacle Bill's in Sarasota?

Cakes
pfarmer241
Junior Burger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/03/12 11:16:38
Cakes - no I haven't - address please!!! Am always looking for a good restaurant in the Englewood/Sarasota area.

Peggy
Salty
Junior Burger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/03/12 11:20:56
Kelly's on Revere Beach, just north of Boston - best fried clams I've ever had!!! These are the real, full belly ones that just melt in your mouth. I used to go in the summers when I was growing up. I went back a few years ago. The clams were as good as I remembered, but the prices had shot up.
pfarmer241
Junior Burger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/03/12 11:36:03
Ok Ok Ok - stop - my mouth is watering - can't stand it!! Will be in NH on the 27th of March - will have to make a trip to MA - will be flying into Portland, ME - don't mind driving to get the best fried clams.

Peggy
Hode
Cheeseburger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/03/12 12:47:14
We go to Cape Cod every year , we go to Cooke's in Orleans every year for thier fried clams , then to Emack and Bolio's for ice cream.
Cakes
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/03/12 13:17:24
quote:
Originally posted by pfarmer241

Cakes - no I haven't - address please!!! Am always looking for a good restaurant in the Englewood/Sarasota area.

Peggy


http://www.barnaclebillsseafood.com/

They have 3 locations, the original at Beneva and Webber, there is one downtown and one up by the airport on 41 where the Golden Budda used to be.
lleechef
Sirloin
RE: Fried Clams 2004/03/12 13:54:58
Kelly's on Revere Beach can't hold a candle to The Clam Box in Ipswich or Woodman's in Essex. They serve clams that were dug the night before and are fresh. Kelly's serves 2-day old clams and while they're also good, lack that fresh sea taste.
pfarmer241
Junior Burger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/03/12 14:07:08
Thanks for the website for Barnacle Bill's, Cakes - use to go to the Golden Budda - Will definitely try Barnacle Bill's. There use to be a Barnacle Bill's in Englewood - have been there and it is not that great. Thanks again.

Peggy

GordonW
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/03/12 14:31:27
One of my family's rituals as soon as the water got warm enough in Delaware was to head out to Indian River Bay and rake up a bunch of clams. My father was the clam guy -- he'd cook them fried, deviled, stewed, chowdered, and whatever else they couldn't run away from. It's like the people who ice down their sweet corn between the garden and the boiling pot of water in kitchen, to keep the corn at it's peak during the trip -- he'd take a clam knife in his pocket while out raking clams and have a few on the hoof (on the halfshell, whatever) out in the water. Fried clams were the mid-Atlantic hardshells; pristine fresh opened; flour, egg, breadcrumbs, fried; the whole clam. Clams strips were a foreign concept to my family.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Fried Clams 2004/03/12 14:46:45
Add McIntyres in Rowley to that North Shore List of good clam stands.
Rusty246
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/03/12 15:54:02
quote:
Originally posted by pfarmer241

Thanks for the website for Barnacle Bill's, Cakes - use to go to the Golden Budda - Will definitely try Barnacle Bill's. There use to be a Barnacle Bill's in Englewood - have been there and it is not that great. Thanks again.

Peggy




When in Daytona, steer clear of that one too, in my opinion of course.
Cakes
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/03/12 16:45:32
quote:
Originally posted by Rusty246

quote:
Originally posted by pfarmer241

Thanks for the website for Barnacle Bill's, Cakes - use to go to the Golden Budda - Will definitely try Barnacle Bill's. There use to be a Barnacle Bill's in Englewood - have been there and it is not that great. Thanks again.

Peggy





When in Daytona, steer clear of that one too, in my opinion of course.


I wasn't talking about a Barnacle Bill's in Daytona.
Lucky Bishop
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/03/13 00:13:38
quote:
Originally posted by lleechef

Kelly's on Revere Beach can't hold a candle to The Clam Box in Ipswich or Woodman's in Essex.


Woodman's has been coasting on its reputation for quite literally YEARS, and their clams are no longer worth the powder it would take to blow them to hell. Kelly's at this point is actually better than Woodman's, although of course neither of them can hold a candle to the Clam Box.
pepperoni pete
Junior Burger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/06/28 13:25:38


I returned to my birthplace this weekend. I don't get up to Boston too often but when I do I always have to treat myself to fried clams washed with some Ballantine Ale. Well, I found the ale at a Stop and Shop but when I drove toward Revere Beach and looked for Angie's Clam Shack, it was gone. Went by the Beach and was disappointedly shocked to see all the food stands gone, and I didn't remember that Kelly's served the fried clam. I thought that Kelly's only had roast beef sandwiches but your forum confirmed they served the fried clam. I talked to an old Revere resident later who said he worked at Kelly's in his younger days and said he didn't remember them serving them. I went up to Glouster later in the day on Friday not remembering that nearby Ipswich and Essex had clam treats. I guess I should have done some reseach before I departed on the trip. I am seriously considering going down to the wharf in DC and buying some clams to fry up. I know they won't compare.
allbookedup@tbscc.com
Junior Burger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/07/16 05:47:18
Re: lizardlover1

I've been to the Clam Box many times and, while I agree that their fried clams are very good, I would like to suggest that you try them at "Ellen's" restaurant on the wharf at Rockport, MA. They are not particularly generous with the clams and perhaps a bit on the pricy side, but I've never tasted better. Being as close to Ipswich as they are I assume that they probably serve Ipswich clams and presume that is part of the reason that they are so good (but there is something about their breading and/or frying technique that makes them a cut above - in my humble opinion). I'm one of those odd individuals who doesn't much care whether his clams are steamed or fried as long as they are good, and Ipswich clams are certainly among the best (however they are cooked).

Changing the subject (but still in terms of clams), does anybody know of any restaurants along the I-90 corridor between Buffalo and Boston which serve the whole New England (soft-shell, long-neck) clams in either form (steamed or fried)? We travel eastward from Erie, PA on a regular basis and used to stop at the Weathervane restaurant in East Greenbush, NY (near Albany) for our first taste of genuine New England seafood. While the quality was never as good as what one can find near the coast it was, at least, an acceptable 'teaser' for those who were (are) desperate for fresh seafood. We will be making the trek again in mid-September and would like to hear about any places along the way. We like our lobsters, too, but those are available almost everywhere (including near home), so, in this case, it's all about the clams!
Stonewall
Junior Burger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/07/25 14:46:11
The best clams that I've ever eaten were at The Clam Shack, Wells, ME. As one poster said , order the clams with the Bellies, and he's right on the money. The clams we get around my home state of VA and other surrounding states, are like rubber. Take it from me, if you have an opportunity of going to New England, order clams w/bellies, and you won't be dissapointed.
daveritzdog
Junior Burger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/07/27 22:31:19
There are many good fried clams to be had on the Connecticut shoreline as well! Just as good as in Cape Cod, Boston, or Maine! I'm sure that they are listed on previous threads, so check them out! No need to go all the way up north and east to get a decent order of fried belly clams!
tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: Fried Clams 2004/08/05 18:37:11
Just found this today and thought i'd share

Clam Box Fried Clams
Ingredients:
½ cup evaporated milk
¾ cup milk
1 egg
½ teaspoon vanilla
Dash salt and pepper Dash salt and pepper
4 dozen freshly shucked clams
½ cup cake flour
1½ cups yellow cornmeal
Oil for frying
Cooking Instructions:
Combine evaporated and whole milk, egg, vanilla, salt and pepper. Soak clams in liquid, then dredge in combination of cake flour and cornmeal, fluffing them in the flour mix for light but thorough coverage. Shake off excess flour.



Fry at 365-375 degrees until golden brown and crisp, about 5 minutes. Do not crowd clams in oil. Drain on paper towels, salt to taste, and serve immediately with french fries, onion rings and coles
Additional Comments:
from the Clam Box of Ipswich, Mass.

i beleive you will find a source for the clams in the forum--Clams-with bellies---that Lleechef posted.
Copper Top
Junior Burger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/08/26 12:36:24
tiki, Gourmet mag. mentioned that they use lard (Clam Box claimed was the secret) for deep frying.
Lucky Bishop
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/08/26 13:49:17
Good luck trying to make that recipe for at least the next month: the Massachusetts clam flats have been wiped out by weather and algae, and clams are at a premium. So much of one, in fact, that the Clam Box this week isn't even serving whole clams at all!
tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: Fried Clams 2004/08/26 14:58:02
quote:
Originally posted by Copper Top

tiki, Gourmet mag. mentioned that they use lard (Clam Box claimed was the secret) for deep frying.


Sounds good to me!!!
tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: Fried Clams 2004/08/26 14:59:43
quote:
Originally posted by Lucky Bishop

Good luck trying to make that recipe for at least the next month: the Massachusetts clam flats have been wiped out by weather and algae, and clams are at a premium. So much of one, in fact, that the Clam Box this week isn't even serving whole clams at all!

Rusty246
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/08/26 15:06:25
Cakes:

Since I couldn't seem to reply to your post above I will say here that I realize you weren't talking about the Barnacle Bill's in Daytona. Peggy said the one in Engelwood wasn't that great, I was simply saying nor was the one in Daytona. I don't believe I was the one confused.
nyclthrm8
Junior Burger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/08/31 21:25:05
does anyone know ANYwhere within a hour or so of NYC for good whole belly fried clams? legal seafoods, the chain, does serve them, and they're decent and will satisfy a craving when i'm not up for the ride to connecticut (sea swirl in mystic are tough to beat, tho admittedly i've never been to clam box or woodmans or any of those...). keep thinking there must be a little place on Long island or even the boroughs by the water that i dont know about. thanks!
Rustywolf
Cheeseburger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/09/02 15:07:01
NYC - Try Bigelow's on Sunrise Highway in Rockville Center. I always thought it was terrific, but it's been years since I've been there. - Rusty
karmon
Junior Burger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/10/02 18:16:55
For the best whole belly fried clams in CT, if not New England.........The GLENWOOD Drive-In, Hamden, CT cannot be beat, and definitely Ipswich are the best for frying.
tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: Fried Clams 2004/10/03 10:10:02
just got back from a trip home to New England--ate as many fried clams as i could get--but the BEST were home cooked---my cousin is a liscenced clammer and lobsterman and brought a large cooler full of three lb lobsters and a bushel of fresh clams---dug that day!!---we shucked half and made up some home fried clams---done with peanut oil and the clambox recipe that i posted here---they were awesome!!!

BTW-----shucked clams for frying are wholesaleing for $122 a gallon!
karmon
Junior Burger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/10/04 20:53:31
Ain't that the TRUTH!!!
Cakes
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/10/04 21:37:53
quote:
Originally posted by tiki

just got back from a trip home to New England--ate as many fried clams as i could get--but the BEST were home cooked---my cousin is a liscenced clammer and lobsterman and brought a large cooler full of three lb lobsters and a bushel of fresh clams---dug that day!!---we shucked half and made up some home fried clams---done with peanut oil and the clambox recipe that i posted here---they were awesome!!!

BTW-----shucked clams for frying are wholesaleing for $122 a gallon!




You know, when you stop to think about it, a gallon of shucked clams is a lot of clams and probably should cost a lot of clams.

Cakes (not to be confused with clams)
tmiles
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/10/05 13:40:26
I saw the comment that Woodman's fries in lard. I don't know if they do, but great clams do NOT need lard. Ronnies in Auburn Mass uses TRI FRY, or so they advertise, to make a clam that stands up against the best. Scales in Millbury, Ma does not use lard, and most people who know about them agree that Scales has the best clams anywhere. The best thing about Scales (hard to find the first time, but very close to Rt 146)is that they are open all year, so you can get great fried clams in January. No credit cards.
jordan12
Junior Burger
RE: Fried Clams 2004/10/15 23:00:13
quote:
Originally posted by tmiles

I saw the comment that Woodman's fries in lard.


Go to the "No Name" in Boston. Full belly clams fried in oil that get's changed ( have spoken with owner) and the tarter sauce is the best with lots of pickle in it, less mayo. Slaw is great too. Seafood chowder is the way I like it. Thin milky broth. Others don't like so much

J
AHR
Junior Burger
RE: Fried Clams 2005/01/11 00:43:24
quote:
Originally posted by Rustywolf

NYC - Try Bigelow's on Sunrise Highway in Rockville Center. I always thought it was terrific, but it's been years since I've been there. - Rusty

Still good as of a year or so ago.
Cosmos
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Fried Clams 2005/01/11 12:21:56
Trivia tease...Name this tune:
"Ethel? you wanna eat some clams? (Johnson Howard, Johnson Howard, Johnson Howard)
dctourist
Cheeseburger
RE: Fried Clams 2005/01/11 22:28:51
I was in way downeast Maine this past summer and there was red tide - no clams!!

I go up once a year and decide in advance to focus on either clams or lobster. This year was going to be a clam year (fried, steamers, doesn't matter). So I got a lobster instead - the smallest one they had was a 3-pounder - and it about did me in. Rather overwhelming, I'm ashamed to say...
jellybear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Fried Clams 2005/01/12 08:17:36
122.00 for a gallon of CLAMS?Thats a lot of clams to shuck out for some clams!Think I will have to make a run up there.
tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: Fried Clams 2005/01/12 12:08:26
quote:
Originally posted by jellybear

122.00 for a gallon of CLAMS?Thats a lot of clams to shuck out for some clams!Think I will have to make a run up there.


and they have NO problem selling all the clam rolls they can cook no matter what they have to charge for them--there are many thousands of folks that get to pop those succulent deep fried beasties in their mouths for just TWO WEEKS a year!! vacation time--and they really dont care what it costs---if you've got them---they will eat them! I know that i have had clam rolls ro $1.99---LONG ago--to 4.99 to 7.99 and this last trip i saw them at 9.99---i went with ones that my cousin cooked for free and the ones at my uncles tavern that they reserved for me!
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Fried Clams 2005/01/12 12:33:49
Are you trying to tell me that clam rolls don't cost 75-cents these days? Next, you'll probably say the same thing about lobster rolls.
garykg6
Cheeseburger
RE: Fried Clams 2005/01/12 13:51:01
originally from Maine,I am not a new Englander,nor are any of my fellow Mainers. Southern Maine folks are 'down easteners' and northern folks are Maineiacs......a small point food-wise,but we must strive for accuracy in all things here. One thing seems consistant though, we all love clams with bellies and that is a good thing.
tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: Fried Clams 2005/01/12 14:40:23
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

Are you trying to tell me that clam rolls don't cost 75-cents these days? Next, you'll probably say the same thing about lobster rolls.


imagines---2 bucks for a lobster roll--its outrageous!
tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: Fried Clams 2005/01/12 14:41:24
quote:
Originally posted by garykg6

originally from Maine,I am not a new Englander,nor are any of my fellow Mainers. Southern Maine folks are 'down easteners' and northern folks are Maineiacs......a small point food-wise,but we must strive for accuracy in all things here. One thing seems consistant though, we all love clams with bellies and that is a good thing.


and Mainiac or Down Easter--your both "Yankees"!
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Fried Clams 2005/01/12 14:44:42
quote:
Originally posted by tiki

quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

Are you trying to tell me that clam rolls don't cost 75-cents these days? Next, you'll probably say the same thing about lobster rolls.


imagines---2 bucks for a lobster roll--its outrageous!

I certainly think so. Why, when I was a young man I'd order two lobster rolls, half a dozen hotdogs, an order of fried clams, a dozen clams on the half shell (13, actually) and a pineapple drink or birch beer and still get change from a five dollar bill.
tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: Fried Clams 2005/01/12 15:59:41
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

quote:
Originally posted by tiki

quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

Are you trying to tell me that clam rolls don't cost 75-cents these days? Next, you'll probably say the same thing about lobster rolls.


imagines---2 bucks for a lobster roll--its outrageous!

I certainly think so. Why, when I was a young man I'd order two lobster rolls, half a dozen hotdogs, an order of fried clams, a dozen clams on the half shell (13, actually) and a pineapple drink or birch beer and still get change from a five dollar bill.


and how long at your pay rate then--did you have to work to make that 5 dollar bill---and did that include a tip I know that what my old man paid me for an hour as an electricians helper in 1964 could buy me a large pizza-drinks-and a banana split next door. BTW that was $5.75/hr.
garykg6
Cheeseburger
RE: Fried Clams 2005/01/12 16:34:22
TIKI,thanks for clearing up who won the civil for for me....by the way,you wrote 'your',which is the possessive of 'you',what you should have written is 'you're',which is the contraction of 'you are'. Forgive me for showing off the benefit of a good 'yankee' education. Best wishes.
jellybear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Fried Clams 2005/01/13 09:20:51
I must have missed something here,What is a Clam roll?
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Fried Clams 2005/01/13 09:59:53
quote:
Originally posted by tiki

quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

quote:
Originally posted by tiki

quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

Are you trying to tell me that clam rolls don't cost 75-cents these days? Next, you'll probably say the same thing about lobster rolls.


imagines---2 bucks for a lobster roll--its outrageous!

I certainly think so. Why, when I was a young man I'd order two lobster rolls, half a dozen hotdogs, an order of fried clams, a dozen clams on the half shell (13, actually) and a pineapple drink or birch beer and still get change from a five dollar bill.


and how long at your pay rate then--did you have to work to make that 5 dollar bill---and did that include a tip I know that what my old man paid me for an hour as an electricians helper in 1964 could buy me a large pizza-drinks-and a banana split next door. BTW that was $5.75/hr.

It took me about a minute and a half to make it back then. Money came fast when you were running bets. Tip? No tip. It was at a place called Jimmy's and you just walked up to the window and ordered.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Fried Clams 2005/01/13 10:06:20
JellyBear,
A Clam Roll is a New England regional speciality... Take a N E style hot dog roll (top-sliced) toast/grill it and stuff it with as many fried clams as you can fit in and over it. Howard Johnson's used a 3 oz portion for the filling....but those were the Clam Strips not Whole-Belly clams.
These are not the buttery, falling apart as you eat it rolls, like the Lobster rolls at Abbott's or in Maine, but rather a crunchy delicious treat.
tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: Fried Clams 2005/01/13 10:51:23
quote:
Originally posted by garykg6

TIKI,thanks for clearing up who won the civil for for me....by the way,you wrote 'your',which is the possessive of 'you',what you should have written is 'you're',which is the contraction of 'you are'. Forgive me for showing off the benefit of a good 'yankee' education. Best wishes.


Actually-i am also a Yankee---Millis Ma.---but i was refering not the the "late unpleasantness"--but to "Yankee Magazine-NE country lifestyle.
CarolinaBill
Cheeseburger
RE: Fried Clams 2005/01/21 16:10:08
Ok - it appears that there is a "sin" attached to eating the clams without the bellies. I've only had "whole" clams once - at a "New England"-style restaurant in South Carolina. Though the bellies weren't offensive - still seemed a little creepy. What exactly is "the belly" (if there is a more technical answer than just, well, the belly)? Did I get bad bellies and I missed out of a magical taste? Or is it simply a matter of tradition, for which, of course, there is nothing wrong. I love plain old clam strips and miss the ones at HoJo's. (That should put me in good standing with die hard New Englanders)

Someone please "learn" me the joys of the belly.
tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: Fried Clams 2005/01/21 16:45:07
CarolinaBill--i think that to truly "learn" you about the joy of clams with bellies means a trip to New England for FRESH clams!--the fresher the better----and yep bellies are just that--bellies. But you know--there is no sin in eating what you LIKE!--so if you find that clams strips are for you---by all means--go for it---besides---means more of the others for me! I think the bellies add a true taste of the sea--and a much fuller flavor then strips--cruchy AND creamy and salty all at once---and a true clam roll--served on a toasted "top split" bun!!!! with fresh clams is really best enjoyed while sitting on the coast in the sun! Its an experiance that--like finding a great bbq spot down south-that probably involves a sence of "Place" as much as "taste", if you know what i mean. I really dont think i could order a clam roll out of New England and expect it to be trully great---i also dont expect good brisket or pulled pork in Boston!!!---but i hear that is changing now that so many folks from the northeast have been turned on to bbq and have finally realized that "Grilled" doesNOT mean "bbqed"!!!!!
Chip12414
Junior Burger
RE: Fried Clams 2005/01/22 00:00:36
quote:
Originally posted by signman

For me a fried clam will always be the memory of Howard Johnson's Fried Tendersweet Clam Roll. Boy those were great.


The Kingston Family Diner in Kingston, NY (a former Ho-Jo's on Route 28 just past the traffic circle by Thruway Exit 19) offers what the manager insists are the original Tendersweet™ Fried Clams. And, in fact, they certainly do look like the originals...tentacle-like strips with crinkled (wrinkled) breading and very light brown in color after frying.

Do they taste as good as years ago? Well, pretty close.

A still operating Howard Johnsons in Lake George, NY, http://www.menumart.com/howardjohnsons/ advertises:

Tendersweet™ Fried Clams --

Our famous clam strips freshly breaded in our special mix
and fried golden brown $8.25


OK.......who wants to car pool and take a trip up there?
CarolinaBill
Cheeseburger
RE: Fried Clams 2005/01/25 11:32:34
Count me in on the road trip, Chip! But how far north do I have to come to hook up with everyone else?

I remember as a kid that the idea of going to Hojo's usually did not elicit a positive reaction. Who would have thought that 30+ years later that I would be truly wishing for one? Think my closest one is either in Delaware or an obscure location in Key Largo, FL.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Fried Clams 2005/01/25 12:07:48
Clam strips? Why bother?
dbear
Cheeseburger
RE: Fried Clams 2005/01/25 13:34:37

I think I've been to all of the clam shacks mentioned in this thread at least once except the 2 in Auburn, which is fairly close to where I live, so I'll try them. Clams at the No-Name are as good as anywhere else; the boats they come in on are parked right outside so very fresh, and they are open all year. I think they tend to be less expensive than some of the places located on the Capes (Cod, Ann). A few additional places to try: Village Restaurant in Essex, down the street from Woodmans is very good and has a little more ambiance, if you care. Farnum's also in Essex, can be reached by boat and is excellent. West of Boston, C & L Frosty in Sherborn (where I live) has been highly rated for fried clams, but is also seasonal. In MA. at least, whole belly clams are assumed; clam strips are not a viable substitute, although they can be pretty good in their own category.
db
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