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Fried clams in Ipswich area?

Heading out to Crane's Beach tomorrow and remembered that there was a place in Ipswich that I'd read about here -- the Clam Box. But I did a search and none of the posts that came up was recent. There were also recommendations for a few other places: Choate Bridge Pub and the White Cap. Anyone who knows the area willing to give an update about which of these place I should head for? This is my sole fried clam adventure this year (so far), so I'd like it to be a good one! Thanks!

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  1. Hi pamlet,
    There was a lengthy post on this just the other day:
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
    long lines at the Clam Box - may want to try Farnham's or Essex Seafood.

    1. Great. Essex Seafood it is. Shame my searching technique missed this thread.

      1. The reason there are long lines at the Clam Box is that people are willing to stand in long lines for their food! That attests to its quality, I think. The Clam Box is my favorite of the many Ipswich clam shacks. And besides, the line doesn't actually take that long.

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        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          I happen to like the Clambox too but byy that logic, you'd think Woodmans must be good..and it isn't..it has long lines too..and McDonalds hamburgers must be of high quality because they sell lots of them.

          People wait for hours at Cheesecake Factory. I don't think that attests for their quality.

            1. re: Infomaniac

              Let me rephrase that: people stand outside the Clam Box in midsummer, with 80+ temperatures and equal humidity, while being eaten alive by some of the most voracious mosquitos I've ever seen. I've never seen anyone do that for the Cheesecake Factory.

        2. There was a line out the door at the clambox today at 11:45AM.

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          1. re: ipsofatso

            Although to be fair, the order window at the Clam Box is about six feet from the front door, so "line out the door" starts as soon as there are more than three people in line!

          2. I was told that Essex Seafood was expensive. Any truth to that? Also Has anyone here been to the Village Resteraunt?

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            1. re: agnesrob

              We did go to Essex and I didn't think the prices were absurd -- I think it was $16 for a platter that included the clams plus one side (onion rings or french fries). Thought the clams were pretty darn good -- very light batter, fresh-tasting clams. I wasn't so keen on the onion rings -- the light batter didn't really complement the lovely sweetness of the onions that well. I think you need something a bit heartier/maybe more salt? But the fries were good. I was happy!