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Clam shacks with great scallops

Ali G Jun 24, 2007 02:29 PM

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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    janeer Jun 24, 2007 05:13 PM

    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
      Bob W Jun 25, 2007 02:19 PM

      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.

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      BJK Jun 24, 2007 05:21 PM

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


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        Joanie Jun 25, 2007 04:06 AM

        Yes, Clam Box has great scallops.

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          Allstonian Jun 26, 2007 01:17 PM

          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
            BJK Jun 26, 2007 02:35 PM

            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.


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        fundymermaid Jun 25, 2007 04:37 AM

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

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          BJK Jun 25, 2007 08:06 AM

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


        2. CocoDan Jun 25, 2007 05:46 AM

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

          1. ScubaSteve Jun 25, 2007 09:31 AM

            Clam Box. go now.

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              Harp00n Jun 25, 2007 10:16 AM

              Obtw, has anybody recommended The Clam Box?

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              tdaaa Jun 25, 2007 01:37 PM

              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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                BJK Jun 25, 2007 02:14 PM

                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.


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                  Joanie Jun 26, 2007 05:47 AM

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

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                    Harp00n Jun 26, 2007 06:12 AM


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                HopeRI Jun 25, 2007 04:31 PM

                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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                  chuck s Jun 25, 2007 06:40 PM

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

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                    HopeRI Jun 25, 2007 07:39 PM

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

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                      tdaaa Jun 26, 2007 07:33 AM

                      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.

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                        srgoodman Jun 29, 2007 10:44 AM

                        The ban was lifted on Wednesday:

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

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                    ScubaSteve Jun 26, 2007 07:45 AM

                    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.

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                    gyppielou Jun 26, 2007 03:17 PM

                    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

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                      parkerjh Jun 27, 2007 05:19 PM

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

                      1. MeffaBabe Jun 29, 2007 09:22 AM

                        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!

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