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Seafood shacks North of Boston

HarryFish Dec 5, 2006 06:56 PM

I am looking to go to seafood shack style restaurants in the Topsfield, Ipswich area. I have already been to the Clam Box and loved it, any others not to be missed. Thanks for the help!

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    buffet king Dec 6, 2006 05:54 PM

    I also tried Farnham's this summer and didn't like their fisherman's platter. I won't be back. I should have went to the Clam Box instead.

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      greenstate Dec 6, 2006 11:44 AM

      Farnham's in Essex is hands down the best place for a fried clam fix. Their lobster rolls are about the best on the north shore.

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        Science Chick Dec 6, 2006 05:44 PM

        The only thing I could never stomach at Farnham's was their Miracle Whip-based tartar sauce. Haven't gone there for about 5 years simply for this reason. Still the same???

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          Joanie Dec 6, 2006 06:08 PM

          I'm fairly averse to Miracle Whip and haven't noticed it in their tartar sauce, but can't say for sure.

        2. re: greenstate
          srgoodman Dec 6, 2006 06:11 PM

          Farnham's is almost certainly closed until March. The Clam Box closes this Sunday until February 15.

        3. Harp00n Dec 6, 2006 07:26 AM

          With all due respect, the Agawam and the Royal mentioned above are good seafod options but could hardly be categorized as "clam shacks" either. My Grandma eats with me on the pub-side with the Harley Boys :-)

          1. Harp00n Dec 6, 2006 12:23 AM

            Not a clam shack, but the Village Restaurant in Essex has excellent seafood and you'll be eating with the locals to boot.

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              bee Dec 6, 2006 02:43 AM

              The Village has excellent seafood, but the atmosphere does make you feel like you should have your grandmother in the vinyl booth next to you. That's kind of comforting, but not so clam shackish.

            2. Kip McSkipster Dec 5, 2006 10:41 PM

              Yup, I really enjoyed the clams at Royal last summer, the best I've had in the Boston area (I would avoid their lobster roll, though). I was underwhelmed by Agawam's clams. The fry job was excellent but the clams themselves were small and not very sweet or tasty. Clam Box and Essex Seafood are my two favorites - always consistent and worth the trip.

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                tallullah Dec 5, 2006 08:38 PM


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                  Karl S Dec 5, 2006 08:40 PM

                  The word on this board was that, when the ownership of Seawitch changed this past spring (?), the quality dived. Were it not for that, I would agree.

                  Btw, the fried clams at Royal Roast Beef in East Boston (Orient Heights area) are highly esteemed.

                  1. re: Karl S
                    The frug Dec 6, 2006 11:53 AM

                    I used to live in Wintrop and I loved the fried clams at Royal. Whenever I would mention this to people, they looked at me like I had two heads! Glad to hear that I'm not the only fan.

                    1. re: Karl S
                      tallullah Dec 6, 2006 01:04 PM

                      That's too bad. I was there late spring, early summer so I must have been lucky.

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                      HarryFish Dec 6, 2006 03:46 PM

                      thanks, where would I find Seawitch?

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                        ScubaSteve Dec 6, 2006 04:23 PM

                        rte 1 north in peabody.

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                      4chowpups Dec 5, 2006 08:37 PM

                      You may want to check out past posts (there are SEVERAL on this topic). Noteworthy are Farnhams and Essex Seafood, in Essex and Agawam Diner just north of Topsfield.

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