Fried clams in Chicago?

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2014/04/07 13:41:30 (permalink)

Fried clams in Chicago?

I realize this question may sound ridiculous on its face, but has anyone found good fried clams in Chicago? I don't get out to the East Coast much, and I remember loving them there as a kid. But I want to introduce my sons to this wonderful food, and wondered if there were any good examples closer by.

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    ChiTownDiner
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    Re:Fried clams in Chicago? 2014/04/07 14:41:22 (permalink)
    Not on a par with New England, but the best I've found locally is Johnson's Door County Fish in Lombard.  My son and I love the many fried fish options and we always get a half pound of the clam strips.
     
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      Lombard., IL 60148
     
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    Re:Fried clams in Chicago? 2014/04/07 14:51:20 (permalink)
    danimal15: I don't know why something so good can't be in every state. I also miss fried clams, I miss them so much, we now plan a trip back to the East coast every two years. While I'm there, I also get my Pastrami fix taken care of........
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    Re:Fried clams in Chicago? 2014/04/07 15:07:02 (permalink)
    Alas, I am at a loss on this one too.  By fried clams I assume you mean the ones with bellies.  Once you get out of New England, they are rarity, except in certain parts of Florida and California, where a cple of ex=pats have braved to try and offer them.
     
    ChiTown...clam strips are really not the same thing. Different type of clam all together
     
    Danimal.if the strips are what you crave, you might find a (weak) substitute in the supermarket from the likes of Gortons, Mrs. Paul's etc.  They work better fried in oil than oven baked, but still a far cry from the "real thing"
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    Re:Fried clams in Chicago? 2014/04/07 19:03:42 (permalink)
    Haven't had them myself, but based on everything else I've had there, I'll bet Calumet Fisheries puts out a pretty good Fried Clam.  Not quite as far south is Lawrence Fisheries near Chinatown.  I'd think both would offer a respectable version, although maybe not quite as fresh as what you'd get on the east coast.
     
    Also, a current favorite at LTHForum.com is Boston Fish Market in Des Plaines.  They're a full service fish monger with a small dinning area up front.  You can order off the menu or point at something in the display case and they'll cook it up for you.  I haven't seen Fried Clams offered as a menu item,  but they do offer them by the pound.  I'll bet if you asked, they'd fix you up.
     
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    Calumet Fisheries
    3259 E 95th St, Chicago, IL 60617
    (773) 933-9855
    http://www.calumetfisheries.com/

    Lawrence Fisheries
    2120 South Canal Street Chicago, IL 60616
    (312) 225-2113
    http://lawrencesfisheries.com/
     
    Boston Fish Market
    1225 E. Forest Ave.
    Des Plaines, IL 60018
    (847) 296-1111 (847) 803-2100
    http://bostonfishmkt.com/
     
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    Re:Fried clams in Chicago? 2014/04/09 12:27:29 (permalink)
    Thanks everyone! This is helpful.
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