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Apr 18, 2007 01:54 AM

Razor Clams

I am hoping for some help finding razor clams in Chicago. I remember seeing them in a "No Reservations" episode and have been frustrated in my attempts to find them here. I would be willing to drive in order to try them but a downtown location would be ideal.

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  1. I have purchased them a number of times at Mayflower Market in the Chinatown Mall. You might also try Chinatown Market, directly across the street.

    2140 S. Archer

    Chinatown Market
    2121 S. Archer


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    1. re: Erik M

      I'll be in Chicago for 6 days next week. Could you recommand any good Chinese restaurant with great seafood dishes? I am from SF, would like to take my non-Asian friends to one. Thanks for your help.

      1. re: kuri

        Knowing nothing about your tastes (or the tastes of your friends), here is what I suggest...

        ...go to MenuPages Chicago...

        ...and, for straightforward, mostly Cantonese-style seafood, review the following menus:

        Ken Kee
        Mountain View Chef

        ...and, for more exotic, Szechaun, Shanghai, and Taiwanese-style seafood, review these menus:

        KS Seafood (Taiwanese
        )Lao Sze Chuan

        ALL of the above are high-traffic, high-turnover restaurants, with a high percentage of Chinese diners, and I have had numerous high-quality seafood-oriented meals at each one.


        1. re: Erik M

          Thanks so much. I'll let you know how dinner turns out.

    2. I have seen them at Super H Mart in Niles quite recently.

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      1. re: YoYoPedro

        Yes Super H Mart. Definitely frozen ones. They probably have fresh ones occasionally, too.

        1. re: rubinow

          Thanks for your help, this gives me a couple of choices. This board is wonderful, always people willing to help another.

          1. re: rubinow

            Well, I, for one, fail to see the point in buying frozen razor clams.



            1. re: Erik M

              that's why I put that caveat there.

              When I was in Spain, I had grilled razor clams with lemon and they were great. Frozen ones wouldn't have the same affect.

            2. re: rubinow

              Wow, I'll watch to see if fresh razor clams are available around the area.

              I had them in Oregon, at the Adobe Motel restaurant in Yachats, Oregon in the late 1960's. I understood they have become so scarce they're on the threatened species list, at least in the Pacific NW Coast area. (Not my fault, I only ate a few and then moved out of the PNW.).

              They're great fried, and I'm sure there are many other great ways to fix them.

              1. re: MikeLM

                In season, you will sometimes see them on special offer at Chinese restaurants in Chinatown. The preparation is usu. fairly simple, involving a quick stir-fry or steam, followed by the addition of black bean sauce, chile, ginger, cilantro, etc.

                And, I do the same at home to great success.

                Anyway, a picture of steamed razor clams can be found in this report:



              2. re: rubinow

                They had fresh ones as well as frozen when I was there 2 weekends ago. Call first. Good luck.