Fried Clams South of the North Shore
- ed k May 19, 2003 03:35 AM
If you were going to be in Boston only for the weekend, and going to Essex or Ipswich was not an option because of time contraints, where would be the best place to get amazing, not-found-outside-of-New England, unforgettable fried clams? Thanks in advance from a Beverly native who moved west 15 years ago.
Yup, I'm one of the people who would suggest the Barking Crab....After the Clam Crawl last summer, I thought it ranked around #2 or 3 (Essex or Farnham's)with the Essex big fellas, which is as good as your gonnah get..PLUS, you get the ambiance of a North Shore shack, sitting in a tent, on the water, with a beautiful view of the downtown skline, a cool thing for a visitor...Really wonderful in the evening...And you can walk from South Station....I take my guests there when NShore isn't an option.
Legal Sea Foods, period end of story finite'. I am going to catch huge crap for this but it is THE TRUTH. They are up on Cape Ann EVERYDAY buying Essex and Maine steamers and fresh fish. I ate at Legals two months ago and IT WAS OUTSTANDING. Get the clams and ignore all the razzing I am about to endure.
I think you'd probably get less grief from people if you weren't so adamant that your opinion is the definitive truth.
Any Tom, Dick, or Harry can get a hold of fresh clams, the difference lies in the preparation. Nothing wrong with Legal's, except for the price and the attitude, but they aren't the pinnacle of clam excellence.
There is a little restaurant/fresh fish store in Medford on Winthrop St called Moultons Seafood. They have the best fresh fried clams around. They also have the best fish either cooked to order or to take home and cook yourself. Worth a try. They hold their own to the N.Shore favs.
Thanks for all the suggestions. I've narrowed it down to a Thurday late night at either the Barking Crab or the Clam Box on Wollaston. I've had the clams at Legals, and as good as they are, I think I'm looking for more of a one of a kind experience. If I knew my way around Medford I might check out Moultons, but I'd probably get completely lost. Also, where is Kingfish Hall?
re: ed k
Kingfish Hall is in Fanueil Hall, the most convenient location. It's got a lively bar area and an upstairs dining room. Depending on how late you're talking, you should double check with the Clam Box cuz I don't think they're open later than 9:00 or so. Plus it's supposed to rain on Thurs. I think.
My favorites south of Boston are:
380 Washington St, Weymouth, MA 02188
Phone: (781) 335-9817
Tony's Clam Shop
861 Quincy Shore Dr, Wollaston, MA 02170
Phone: (617) 773-5090
By the way, there are two options almost side by side on Wollaston Beach, The Clam Box and Tony's Clam Shop. The Clam Box has been mentioned here a few times, but I've done comparisons over the years and very strongly prefer Tony's. Frankly, the other one doesn't even come close except in location. I think they survive only by confusion.
I must urge you to avoid Legal at all costs. I keep checking, and from time to time they inch ahead from the depths from which they plunged, but a few weeks ago I sat cringing as I watched my fried oysters sit under a heat lamp, turning into a blob of warm grease.
I really have to give Barking Crab another try because of the stellar references of the folks who praise it on this board. My previous experiences were colored by the frankly, dirty dining room.