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Clam shacks with great scallops

I've been skipping most fried foods lately in an attempt to shed some pounds, but my birthday is coming up and my fiance and I are thinking of driving up north for some good fried seafood. As many times as I have tried, I can't get a taste for fried clams. However, I do love fried scallops. I remember getting some good ones at Farnham's last year, but how are they at other places? Do any stand out? Great fries or onion rings are a big plus as well.

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  1. If you were willing to drive SOUTH there are many places in RI that have great fried scallops. Harder to get the fries and onion rings of equal quality, although Back Eddy in Westport, MA, a more expensive sit-down, does both great justice.

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    1. re: janeer

      The Back Eddy is worth the drive. Sweetest fried scallops I've ever had. The Back Eddy is now a must on my sadly too-infrequent RI eating excursions.

    2. I REALLY enjoyed the fried scallops at the Clam Box. Perhaps as good as the clams. Big, sweet, crispy.


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      1. re: BJK

        Yes, Clam Box has great scallops.

        1. re: Joanie

          Thirding (or something) the Clam Box - I always get the 2-way combo that gives me both scallops and clams. (But I wish they had a 3-way that threw in a nice piece of fried fish as well - THAt would be my perfect fried seafood plate!)

          1. re: Allstonian

            They do have a seafood plate, but in addition to the clams, scallops and fish, they add those little popcorn type shrimp. I usually go with the 2-way, too.


      2. Kelly's in Revere or Saugus. You cannot go wrong

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        1. re: fundymermaid

          Kelly's is my local standby, but they just aren't in the same league as the Clam Box.


        2. Tony's on Wollaston Beach has excellent scallops. You won't be disappointed.

            1. re: ScubaSteve

              Obtw, has anybody recommended The Clam Box?

            2. Bob Lobster, on the way to plum island, has very good fried scallops. Must eat them there, though, they don't travel very well.

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              1. re: tdaaa

                Had scallops, clams, lobster rolls & steamers at Bob Lobster on Saturday. The scallops were good, on par with Kelly's. Not even playing the same sport as the Clam Box.

                Steamers were good, clams, too. The lobster roll *sucked*. Plain white untoasted, ungriddled, unbuttered hot dog bun, decent amount of unremarkable lobster meat, mayo, tainted further by (gasp) celery.


                1. re: BJK

                  They'll butter/toast the roll if you ask but it should just be done automatically.

              2. Heard there is currently some Red Tide in MA and RI...for example, Clam Box in Ipswich had no clams to serve 2 weekends ago. Not sure about scallops situation. Can anyone confirm?

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                1. re: HopeRI

                  Had clams at the Clam Box this past Friday. They had big bellies also and they did claim that they were local.

                  1. re: chuck s

                    I think they were full of s^&%...just found this. Anyway, as long as no one is ill, no harm done.

                    1. re: HopeRI

                      Many of the clam shacks had local clams on hand to last for several days at least. The closure only started a few days ago.

                      1. re: tdaaa

                        The ban was lifted on Wednesday:

                        They've lifted the ban on everything except "Moon Snails", which I've never heard of before.

                  2. re: HopeRI

                    the clams they are serving now should be from harvesting done about two weeks ago. if the RT continues we should be feeling the pinch soon.

                  3. Had a fantastc fisherman's platter at The Flying Bridge in Falmouth with wonderful scallops. I remember the scallops at Back Eddy doing them right when Chris S was involved. Glad it is still a destination worth the gas! Do they still have the stuffies with chorizo and corn? yum

                    1. You can't go wrong with the fried scallops at Flo's in Middletown, RI. Remember to bring cash though- no credit cards!

                      1. Moultons Seafood- I usally get their scallops (broiled) with a small clam box as an appetizer. That way I get both my favs in one meal... I have had their fried scallops also and they are just as wonderful as the broiled... I just try to keep my fried seafood for clams!