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  • Dilly Aug 14, 2005 12:49 PM
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Where should we go? I know about the Blvd Ocean View restaurant, but otherwise haven't found much in the way of clam shack eats... thanks.

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  1. I just posted under Boston about the Causeway, not a clam shack but great seafood, fried and baked and reasonable. Also Charlie's near Good Harbor. For Clam Shack's travel up 133 heading towards Essex.

    1. Check the Boston Board. There have been a lot of recent posts about clam shacks in Essex. There is also the Lobster Pool on the Gloucester/Rockposrt line near Halibut Point. Good food and nice water view. Someone just posted today, on the Boston Board, about The Causeway in Gloucester.

      1. There's Amelia's on Thatcher Rd, opposite the GoodHarbor Beach parking lot. Decent fried clams, broiled/baked haddock, Portuguese kale soup, fried fish cheeks.

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          cowgirlinthesand

          There's Wodman's in Essex and the Clam box in Ipswitch but no need to travel because there's Lobstaland in Gloucester right before you cross the bridge to the rotary. (it used to be called Larry's lobstaland...).
          It's got great fried clams, oyters and calamari and great grilled tuna and halibut.
          It's not touristy although I thought it would be. I go every time at least for 2 meals :-D

          1. c
            cowgirlinthesand

            There's Wodman's in Essex and the Clam box in Ipswitch but no need to travel because there's Lobstaland in Gloucester right before you cross the bridge to the rotary. (it used to be called Larry's lobstaland...).
            It's got great fried clams, oyters and calamari and great grilled tuna and halibut.
            It's not touristy although I thought it would be. I go every time at least for 2 meals :-D

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            1. re: cowgirlinthesand

              Sorry but need to disagree about Lobstaland. Poor food, poor service -- skip it. Also, for clam shacks, don't go to Woodman's. They use LARD and it is also so touristy... not even the best for fried clams and not the best prices. I've never been to the Clam Box because I prefer other offerings than just fried stuff, but people say it's good -- still it's the furthest away from Gloucester where the OP was looking. Essex Seafood is the closest for the Essex clam shacks, really just 10 min or so away from causeway area. And just a few more minutes away is my favorite, J.T. Farnhams, also in Essex.

              At the Causeway restaurant in Gloucester they do have all sorts of fried stuff but it is not a "clam shack". And as also mentioned, the Lobster Pool in Rockport has the best outdoor seating clam shack scenery, but it is a bit pricier then the others.

              1. re: capeanna
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                cowgirlinthesand

                You're certainly more than welcome to a different opinion but I have to say that you couldn't be more wrong! Service may not be stellar but i go for the food. Non-greasy clean oil, fresh finfish, great fries...
                You can't go wrong!!