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Seafood shacks in Cape Cod

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  • kvpi Jun 6, 2000 11:05 AM
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i am driving from Boston to Provincetown and I would love to know about great places to stop and eat along the way.

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  1. Arnold's, right along the main highway in Eastham. Not a discovery or a tiny little waterside shack, but perhaps the best fried clams on the Cape.

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    1. re: AHR

      AHR, you should write a Fried Clam Guide to the Northeast (just don't forget who hipped you to Bigelow's.)

      1. re: Helen

        PJ's on Rt 6 in Wellfleet. MA on the Cape...great fried clams

        1. re: Helen

          How could I ever forget you?

          I visited my accountant in Baldwin a few weeks ago and stopped at Bigelow's for dinner. It was just as good as ever; better, in fact, in one regard: the clams were of uniform middle size.

          To answer someone else's recent question:

          The fried clams at Mary's Fish Camp are tasty indeed, but do not reach the heights of those at the specialists on Cape Ann (or Bigelow's, for that matter). Based on a single sample, I'd guess that they're breaded and fried with the oysters; perhaps as a result, they were more tender than crispy, which I find perfect for oysters but not clams; they also lacked the slightly gamy taste that characterizes the very best.

          Overall, my Mary's meal (pinot gris, chowder, steamers, clam+oyster fried appetizer, lobster roll, sundae, coffee) was heavenly, though I may still marginally prefer the original Pearl. Clearly, further research is in order.

        2. re: AHR

          There is a small shack near a small beach on the bay near Matakees Warf in Barnstable, not far from from Barnstable harbor and a whalewatching place. The grilled and fried fish are sublime, the lobster rolls inedible. Go figure.

          1. re: Alan Divack

            Although not a shack.....but an informal seafood
            restaurant....be sure to stop at Moby Dick's Seafood
            on Route 6 in Wellfleet. The food is fabulous and
            the people that work there are so friendly. You will
            go back again and again