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Oct 30, 2006 04:07 PM

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.


              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.