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Jan 29, 2007 06:37 AM

Seeking delicious fried clams Quincy/Dorchester

My Sister and her SO are coming from England for a visit in February, he for the first time. The first thing they want do do after getting off the plane on a Sunday evening is go out for fried clams. My sister has fond memories of going to a cozy Savin Hill neighborhood pub and having great fried clams about ten years ago. Neptune Oyster or B&G would probably be safest for food quality but have a different kind of atmosphere. Should we rethink atmosphere for quality? Would Kelley's Roast Beef in Revere be a possibility? A good comfortable local (Quincy/Dorchester region) option would be best. I know this topic has been covered many times, but the North Shore is not possible, and its not a big fried clam season. I just don't want her to experience the slick greasy almost belly-less balls with freezer-tasting fries that so often disappoint. Any ideas/suggestions are most welcome, and I appreciate your indulgence in addressing this topic again!.

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  1. Was the neighborhood pub CF Donovans? They probably still have safe clams.

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    1. re: C. Hamster

      I honestly can't remember, but it sounds like it well could have been, or would fit the bill anyway. I'll give them a call to see what's on the menu. Thanks for the suggestion.

      1. re: chowfamily

        Sorry, but CF Donovans doesn't have fried clams on their menu at the moment. They offer them seasonally or when the price is right. Neptune Oyster has great fried clams, around $18 for an appetizer portion. I find that it's enough for a meal. Kelley's Landing in Weymouth always had good clams and awesome onion rings. I'm not good with route numbers but it's over the Fore River Bridge on the way to Nantasket. Which reminds me that Schooners across from Nantasket Beach also had great fried clams along with a view of the beach. If these places aren't convenient, you could always go to Legal's at Braintree Plaza. While, I'm not a big Legal fan, I will go there for clams and the atmosphere is nice.

        1. re: Pegmeister

          Thanks so much for your response. We might go for Neptune Oyster and pay the price/atmosphere since it is close to the airport. Legal's is also an option, and Atlantic Seafood on Boylston also serves them. I should taste-testing them all, but I am still compensating for the chowhoundish delights of last year!

          1. re: chowfamily

            I am thinking that I might call CF Donovans and suggest it for a Valentines/February comfort food addition to their menu. Whenever I mention the topic off=line it sets off hunger pangs, and memories of quality not recently experience.

    2. I had the fried clams at Kelley's yesterday..along with a scrumptious Lobster roll. They are very, very good..not gritty at all and good sized. Portions are very large though. We got a small and it was too big as a side dish for two to split. I have had better at Woodman's, but it's just too far to drive.

      1. ps...there is no seating at the Kelley's in the ambiance isn't quite there in the winter.

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        1. re: spirit7125

          Thanks for letting me know - I was going to ask about that.

          1. re: chowfamily

            I've actually had better luck at the Kelly's in the Jordan's Furniture in Natick than I have the clams at Kelly's on the Beach. Not my #1 suggestion for atmosphere, but they were good. What about Tony's or the Clam Box in Wollaston? Are those both closed for the season? I thought one of them stayed open but not sure. There's also the very basic Morse Seafood on Washington St. in the south end.

            1. re: Joanie

              Unfortunately both Tony's and the Clam Box are closed for the season, and Natick is too far for this visit, but it is good to know for future reference. Thanks.

        2. It would have been a hoot to drive them from the airport to a FURNITURE STORE for dinner, though..... :-)

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          1. re: C. Hamster

            That's for sure! Welcome to America! LOL

          2. how about Kelly's Landing on L street in south Boston. Excellent clams and other seafood in large portions, nice room and waitstaff.