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Fried Clams

Atahualpa Aug 8, 2006 02:28 PM

Whenever I have been down to the Maritimes for summer vacation, one of the great joys of the trip, besides cheap (comparatively) lobster and mussels, has been really nice juicy whole fried clams. I am not talking about pre-packaged frozen 'strips' (like you can get at some fish and chip stores). I am talking about whole, juicy, belly clams -- large, flavourful clams. Like at Gould's in Shediac or the Briar Island B&B on the Digby spit (actually better than Gould's!).

There have to be a few expat Maritimers in T.O. on these boards that have tried to find these. Have you had any luck? Or am I destined to continue making these myself whenever the urge takes. I know they will undoubtedly cost a lot more here.

I actually got my hopes up when fried clams appeared on the menu at Reliable Fish and Chips -- which makes the best Halibut F&C in the city -- but they turned out to be the frozen 'strips'. I am going out to NYC this week and have already scouted a few places to try, so I should be satisfied for a while (or maybe I'll come back with an even bigger urge).

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    Jax RE: Atahualpa Aug 9, 2006 01:15 AM

    I've found nary a worthy fried clam in this city. But then I don't really think I'll find anything comparable to the ones served at the Big D drive-in restaurant in my hometown of Bathurst, NB.

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      qtxniki RE: Atahualpa Aug 9, 2006 05:48 AM

      I've been looking for fried clams all over the city too. You'd be lucky just to find the frozen ones. Sadly, Red Lobster makes the best fried clams here. Try making your own at home for ones resembling the freshness of the east coast.

      P.S. occassionally the upscale oyster bars in the city serve fried clams on their menu.

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        Mila RE: Atahualpa Aug 9, 2006 04:53 PM

        There is a place in the St. Lawrence Market called Buster's Sea Cove in the South market in the back SW Corner. I'm pretty sure they have fried clams but I can't vouch for the quality.

        And yes I know your pain, I love Maritime fried clams. Maybe time for a road trip.

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          Atahualpa RE: Atahualpa Aug 9, 2006 06:34 PM

          Thanks guys,

          At least I know I am not missing somewhere good unecessarily. I will try Buster's Sea Cove and I already make my own. I have never tried Red Lobster's clams and if I ever go there again, I will give them a try. And, Jax, next time I go down east, you have given me yet another reason to swing up the coast from Shediac and go around the Gaspé rather than cut over to Fredricton and take the TransCan.

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            Jax RE: Atahualpa Aug 10, 2006 01:54 AM

            While you're at it, Atahualpa, stop in Miramichi for bar clams. They come in a jar with brine and are heaven. Also good are the cohogs and welks, and if you cross to the Quebec side of the Gaspe to the Cote Nord, Sept-Iles has some of the best shrimp, sea urchin and razor clams you will ever eat.

            Hm, maybe it's time for me to take a trip that way too...

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            qtxniki RE: Atahualpa Aug 9, 2006 07:42 PM

            Been to buster's sea cove. They serve up a small portion of those frozen clam strips. Cheers!

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              fickle RE: qtxniki Aug 9, 2006 09:40 PM

              Darn! I was hoping Buster's would be fresh. It's only been 9 days since I came home from PEI and New Brunswick and my lobster roll and fried clam withdrawal is getting stronger...

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                qtxniki RE: fickle Aug 10, 2006 07:03 AM

                yeah, you'd think being in st.lawrence market close to all that fish would make a difference, but it doesnt =).

                I've also seen some Japanese places in the city cover clams in panko crumbs and deepfry em. It's not really the same as a plate of fresh fried east coast clams.

                Has anyone tried the "Duke of Argyle" On John st? They sell fried clams and claim to be an "East coast" pub. I've never been though.

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              gourmaniac RE: Atahualpa Aug 10, 2006 03:03 PM

              As a transplanted Torontonian in Boston, This is one dish that Boston is outstanding for that I never found in Toronto. Maybe a clam shack is a good idea for TO as there would be no competition. The Boston board has been inundated with Canadians coming to visit and interested in lobster. Lobster is no better here but fried whole clams is a revelation that I hope you will seek out when visiting.

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                savory RE: Atahualpa Aug 23, 2006 02:43 AM

                You are kidding me! I was just home recently and am craving the Big D's or the tavern across from Burger King (can't believe I cannot remember the name - Saint??)

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                  minto RE: savory Aug 23, 2006 08:56 AM

                  where are these located?

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