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Farnhams alert!

shaebones Mar 1, 2007 10:09 PM

OPENS TODAY!!!! A sure sign that Spring is soon to follow. :)

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  1. ScubaSteve RE: shaebones Mar 2, 2007 04:29 AM

    Frickin' Sweet!

    1. Gio RE: shaebones Mar 2, 2007 04:32 AM

      The Clambox is probably open too.... So where's the sun?

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        srgoodman RE: Gio Mar 2, 2007 05:16 AM

        Not only is the Clam Box open, they've got big-bellied clams! (At least they did last week.)

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          Gio RE: srgoodman Mar 2, 2007 05:22 AM

          OMGoodness - I'm already there. Thanks!

      2. hiddenboston RE: shaebones Mar 2, 2007 04:55 AM

        What are Farnhams' hours? Are they open for dinner? It's supposed to be 50 and sunny tomorrow, so that might be a good option!

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          4chowpups RE: hiddenboston Mar 2, 2007 12:18 PM

          If they're open they are open for dinner.

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          Bostonbob3 RE: shaebones Mar 2, 2007 05:06 AM

          Damn. I have to work tomorrow. But, uh, I AM really close to North Station. Anyone want to make a delivery?

          1. SEH RE: shaebones Mar 2, 2007 10:28 AM

            I'm not a lover of things fried but DH got Essex Seafood fried clams last month and he said they were the best he's ever had. They also gave him an unusually mighty portion. I think getting to these places prior to tourist season is key.

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              shaebones RE: shaebones Mar 2, 2007 01:32 PM

              Hours are 11am- 7:30 pm. Open 'til 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

              1. steinpilz RE: shaebones Mar 3, 2007 01:08 PM

                I developed a craving for fried clams after reading this yesterday and took advantage of the beautiful weather to drive up to Essex. Due to the route I took Woodman's came by first and I stopped there, got a pint ($18pt, $35qt seemed a bit high to me!). Yum, judging from last summer's memory I prefer Clam Box, thinner batter, darker fry, Woodman's needed salt and the clams could have been juicier (maybe it's a seasonal thing). There had to be around a hundred cars parked at Woodman's and maybe 30 at Farnham's (which I haven't been to yet though it looks intriguiing). Thanks for getting me craving!

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                  buffet king RE: steinpilz Mar 3, 2007 01:28 PM

                  Wow $18 for a pint and $35 for a quart of fried clams? That's expensive in my opinion. I'll stick with the Clam Box in Ipswich for their Fisherman's Platter for $21.50 according to their website. I don't know if they have raised their prices this year. The Clam Box gives you plenty of food. You never leave the Clam Box hungry! I also went to Farnham's in Essex last year and got a Fisherman's platter. The food was okay but I like the Clam Box better.

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                    steinpilz RE: buffet king Mar 3, 2007 02:31 PM

                    Yeah, I thought so too. I'd remembered a quart for around $20 last summer, that's quite a hike.

                2. yumyum RE: shaebones Mar 3, 2007 01:30 PM

                  Sssshhhhhh....... Woodman's is not good. Drive up the road to Farnhams or Essex seafood for much better clams at a much nicer price. But don't tell all those folks waiting for a table at Woodmans. It's our little secret.

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                    nincyh RE: yumyum Mar 3, 2007 01:46 PM

                    How does Essex Seafood compare? That's where we usually go... we've learned from experience: if you call and order when you leave Good Harbor Beach, the food will be ready when you arrive - just go to the head of the line, pay and take food, find a spot and eat. Otherwise you'll wait in a line for 20 minutes just to place your order, and another 20 minutes for the food to be ready. (I'm talking peak summer season, of course).

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                      yumyum RE: nincyh Mar 3, 2007 02:04 PM

                      How does Essex compare with what? With Woodman's, imho no comparison. With Farnhams, that's a tough one. Farnhams has very good tartar sauce and an expert hand with the fryer. Essex is tops for lobster and steamers, but the clams are good too. The chowder at Essex is clambrothy and not-thick, the kind of traditional clam chowder I pick when I can. Farnhams has picnic tables overlooking the river, which is lovely except for when it's buggy out. At the end of the day, I usually go to Essex, but only because it's usually not very crowded.

                  2. DropD RE: shaebones Mar 3, 2007 01:31 PM

                    Where is Farnam's and what do they sell?

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                      buffet king RE: shaebones Mar 3, 2007 01:36 PM

                      J.T. Farnham's is on Route 133 in Essex MA. and they sell seafood items, sandwiches, burgers, chowder, etc.

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