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Aug 1, 2007 04:03 PM

Seawitch, Peabody?

Has anyone tried this place of late? We are looking for very good fried clams without driving too far from home???? Any ideas?

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  1. Have never been- but reading posts from the last few years, it seems they are under new management( have been for a while now). Used to be great, from earleir posts, but maybe not so good now. Why don't you take one for the team, and post back!!

    1. Last time I was there, it was awful.

      If you are near route 1, then I guess Kelly's would do. People like their fried clams, but I haven't had them in years.

      1. I'm visiting from california (where you obviously cannot get fried clams) &staying w/family on the north shore. Sorry, not really willing to take one for the team. Time is limited & I need a sure bet. We are off to Ipswich to enjoy the beach & have some clams from the Clam Box today! (Kelly's is very close but sub par for sure!) On my last few visits, the best clams I have had has been B&G Oysters in the

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        1. re: dotrat

          Well Ipswich has Woodman's also.

          And enjoy the beach!

          1. re: dotrat

            Sorry- did not know you were visiting. Maybe other hounds will chime in- but I remember seeing some posts about a place that was in Essex, neat Woodmans that was supposed to be good. My parents had a favorite place near Plum Island. I will ask my mother and see if she remembers the name.

            1. re: macca

              Places are Essex Seafood and Farnhams, both of which are superior to Woodman's IMO but not Clam Box (my fav.). I'd say they are both on par for different reasons, I frequent Farnhams most and after having one misstep early in the season, was back a few weeks ago and had an excellent meal.

              1. re: 4chowpups

                Thanks!! Glad to have the names- I have some relatives from the Mid West coming for a visit, and good seafood will definitely be on their agenda ( their second favorite thing will be Italian subs with lots of hots!!- I usually go to Pace's and Piantedosi's to get the cold cuts and rolls).

          2. We ate there several months ago. After waiting for over an hour and a half and watching their "regulars" get seated before us, the meal was very disappointing. The lobster was over cooked and very chewy, a fried seafood plate was also over fried so it was very dark. We didn't even bother taking doggie bags home, and there was a lot left from not enjoying it.

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            1. re: catsmeow

              Sorry, catsmeow - which 'there' is that? I'm assuming it was Seawitch, but perhaps it was Kelly's or Woodman's? Haven't been to Seawitch forever, but my Kelly experiences have left me vowing never to return, especially after getting sick [mildly sick, but sick none the less] after eating their fried clams.

              (perhaps the 3dogs here can't understand catspeak! ; > } )

            2. Tony's on Wollaston beach is great, if going south is close for you. Another place I love is Pleasant Cafe in Roslindale. They do a great job, for a great price.

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              1. re: Science Chick

                Another place where I've had terrific clams is the very nondescript Brothers Restaurant in Melrose, in the same plaza with Johnny's Foodmaster. Huge plate, clean & delish - now my son doesn't like this place, HOWEVER he doesn't eat any kind of seafood, including clams. (Although I've also had other stuff there that I thought was good - but he refuses to go there. Go figure.)

                1. re: threedogs

                  I think you mean Liberty Bell in Melrose ( there is also a Liberty Bell in Stoneham). Brothers Rstaurant is in Wakefield Center- and there is also a Brothers in Malden.
                  Liberty Bell does pretty well with fried food- I think Brothers is more like a Greek cafeteria ( though I have never been, so that may not be correct.)

                  1. re: macca

                    Yes - I think you're right. Been awhile - both times I went there while I was waiting for someone at the Melrose Wakefield ER, so, if I could, I'd try it when I'm not under that same sort of stress. Doubt that I'll get in that area anytime soon, though.

                    1. re: threedogs

                      It is good for fast fried food- and if you are ever in the area- go up the street towards Wakefiled and try Billy's roast beef. Good roast beef sandwiches, fried food- and good frecn fries.