Fried Clams et al- mostly North Shore
Ive always liked the Clam Box in Ipswich. Had them again. They offer native and strip. had native. i still think they have the best raw material ove ever had in fried clams, not rubbery, etc. but their batter is not the greatest.
Farnham's in Essex had good clams, more rubbery perhaps, but a superior batter. Maybe one of the best. And the lobster rolls looked tasty too. And i like sitting on the edge of the marsh, chowing down.
The cupboard in Gloucester didnt have a veyr good batter...didnt care for it...
Tried that clam shack in Hull near pemberton terminal where the long wharf ferry goes. its a "snack bar" decent batter, disgusting clams that day.
The heavy rain that hit the area that week wiped clams out of a few places for a day or two...
I'd recommend two out of the way places, both in Salem MA.
The first is Dubee's. It used to be a bar a LONG time ago and started serving fried seafood on weekends now it serves every day. Only about 15-20 tables and always a line on weekends but worth the wait. The clams are always golden brown and lots of them
The send place is Bob's on Highland Ave. From the outside you'd just drive by but he Clams are great. Gpr about $6 you can get a lunch special that's a small plate of clams and fries -- or you can got for the bigger dinner plate.
These two places are the best clams around!