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Craving Hush Puppies!

OK Hounds, I can't get hush puppies out of my head -- this has been going on for the last couple of weeks. I remember many, many years ago, my grandfather used to take us to this funky seafood place on Rte 99 in Malden called the Clam Boat or something like that. The restaurant was boat-shaped. Anyway, they had the most amazing hush puppies -- crispy on outside, moist inside with a touch of onion, if I remember correctly. I used to dip them in tartar sauce, along with my fried clams.

So, does anyone know a place that does a decent hush puppy? TIA!

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  1. I can't really compare it to any other hushpuppy as it's the only place I've eaten a hushpuppy, but they sell them at Redbones in Davis Square.

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    1. I don't know of anywhere in the area that has good hush puppies, but I would warn you that the ones at Redbones are pretty gross. Sort of dry and flavorless. To be fair, I had them as take-out, so maybe they are better fresh?

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      1. re: maillard

        Not any better fresh. Dense and dry, flavorless, and hard as a stone right out of the deep fryer. You would think they would do a better job since they make corn fritters that are soft and moist.

      2. Are you sure those were not clam cakes you had? Much easier to find clam cakes around these parts then hush puppies

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        1. re: hargau

          No, definitely hush puppies. I'm not much of a clam cake/crab cake gal.

          1. re: Trixie Too

            What im thinking of are not like clam/crab cakes but are more like fried dough balls you get at the carnival/fair with bits of clam in them. More like a fritter or a hush puppy. Very common at clam shacks.

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              1. re: Angel Food

                also called clam cakes even woodmans calls them that, as noted on the website link. Here is another

                and another:

                I think its a regional thing, most places i have seen them at call them clam cakes.

        2. In addition to Redbones, I've had them at Magnolia's in Cambridge, and Glenn's Restaurant and Cool Bar in Newburyport.

          Glenn's in Newburyport have been the best I've had around here.

          1. There's also Bob the Chef's in the South End/Roxbury. (It is actually called Bob somethingelseoranother now, but same place. Wanna say Tremont St and Mass Ave.

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            1. re: sailormouth

              It's Bob's Southern Bistro now, and they didn't have them on the menu last time I was there a few months ago.

            2. The corn fritters and hush puppies at Redbones are made from the same batter, with the addition of corn kernels for the fritters. East Coast grill has them occasionally. Venture up to Long John Silvers in Everett if you are really desperate, yeah, there's one there on rt. 99.

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              1. re: Mr.Og

                I dont think they are the same batter - the corn fritters are much better than the hush puppies. Aren't Hush Puppies fried cornbread (supposed to be)? Fritters are lighter. Have had corn fritters before many meals there, but pushed aside the Hush Puppies on the fried catfish platter. Also, once at Redbones we were told corn fritters weren't available because the batter wasn't made that day, but the hush puppies were served.

                OP might have had clam fritters at the clam shack.

                1. re: Angel Food

                  I've made the mistake of ordering them both at the same time and to me, they were virtually identical save for the corn (total corn overload). I'll concede they may be slightly different recipes.

                  1. re: Angel Food

                    angel, i grew up adoring the fried cornbread my VA. mother made. cornmeal, white, with boiling water and bits of onion. period. made into a thick 4" wide pancake and fried in bacon fat or oil a long time til dark brown on outside. only good with TONS of butter.

                    Hushpupppies have same ingredients PLUS bak soda or powder i believe, so they're lighter than fried cornbread, and shaped into 2 1/2 " football shape. we never had hushpuppies- i don't think they're a VA. thing.

                    1. re: opinionatedchef

                      I'm from Virginia and have had hush puppies but we wouldn't make them at home... We would get them at seafood restaurants. Chesapeake Bay Seafood House when they existed and there's a fast food place - Arthur Treacher's. I've never had fried cornbread or at least had it called that name.

                2. You are not crazy. I grew up in Malden prior to 1970 (I am age 47), and my parents took me to the Shrimp Boat on Rt.99, and I had Hush Puppies back then.
                  Strickly southern origins, with usually same ingrediants, cornmeal (white or yellow), and onions or scallions. Most restaurants and BBQ joints add or subtract ingrediants to create their own personalized recipes. Seems to be more available around this area in BBQ establishments, as opposed to seafood shacks. Often a large bowl of the batter is made, and scooped out using a cookie dough scoop, and the batter dropped into a fryolater.
                  Redbones in Somerville has them on the menu for $2.99 an order, served with vinegar.
                  Many places would rather make cornbread in full sheets and serve slices as opposed to doing hush puppies.
                  Martha White's is a commercial brand available for sale in supermarkets.
                  You may find it in some of the WalMart Super centers.

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                  1. re: Lighthousehunter

                    Wow! Someone who remembers the Shrimp Boat (well, I was close with the name anyway..)! Thanks much for the link.

                  2. I had some spherically shaped hush puppies at Jasper White's Summer Shack about a month ago. They actually weren't bad at all. The ones I grew up on (in Texas) were shaped like a tube of chapstick. Just the right ratio of crust to insides. MMMMMM.

                    1. I-95 S to Richmond, I-85 S through Durham, exit on NC-86 south, look for Allen & Son on your right about 2 miles down the road.


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                      1. re: Venable

                        So I'm from Virginia too, and in terms of actual hush puppies, I hate hate hate to be so un-chowish but you really can't beat Long John Silver's. It's the northern incarnation of Arthur Treacher's (previously mentioned) and I'm sorry but they are the best, so crispy and light, perfect flavor, there are three locations in MA and you can search for them through Yum brands.com the parent company. They are often LJS/KFC combo locations, but all the better because that means they make the puppies fresh for you. Good luck!