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A Tip for The Clam Box in Ipswich, MA

gramercyfoodie Jul 22, 2007 02:04 PM

We went to The Clam Box for clams and lobster rolls this weekend, everything was delicious, but we stood online like virgins for almost 2 hrs to order. As we crept up to the window we noticed that you can call them and order take-out (and avoid the line). Not sure if this is common knowledge to you hounds, but if it isn't I wanted to give you the tip to call ahead with your order. Their number is: (978) 356-9707. Again, the clams and lobster rolls were fantastic...

  1. Trixie Too Jul 24, 2007 01:43 PM

    Not to hijack this thread (well.... kinda), any reports on the fried oysters there? It's my new favorite fried food (try that 3 times fast) -- running VERY close to fried clams.

    1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jul 23, 2007 11:00 PM

      There's a downside to this tip: at a time where it's busy enough that people would be standing in line for almost two hours, they don't answer the phone. I have literally seen the counter girls at the Clam Box pick up a ringing phone just long enough to make the connection and then put it back down.

      Allstonian and I are regulars at the Clam Box, but I swear I think the longest we've ever had to stand in line was maybe a little over 45 minutes. Best advice: go either slightly early or slightly late, or try to swing a weeknight visit.

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      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
        gramercyfoodie Jul 24, 2007 04:18 AM

        I saw plenty of take out orders for people who did not stand in line (and called ahead) -- the woman behind the counter was answering the phones and told me it was the best way to order.

        1. re: gramercyfoodie
          tdaaa Jul 24, 2007 12:12 PM

          The same dodge is true for Blue Ribbon in Arlington - call ahead and pick up, avoid the line, can still eat in if you can find a table.

          1. re: tdaaa
            pamlet Jul 24, 2007 03:53 PM

            We do the same at Oishii -- it's fun to waltz by the queue of waiting people. We often go to the park around the corner on Heath St. (?) -- my son can play and we can eat at the picnic table.

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        pollystyrene Jul 22, 2007 11:27 PM

        Great tip. Thanks for the post. I'll bet just finding that out was worth the 2 hour wait.

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