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Aug 29, 2007 08:10 AM

Good article on clamshacks in NY Times 8/29/07

Includes a rave review of the Clam Box in Ipswich.

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  1. Yeah, it is a good article.

    BTW, this thread is probably going to get thrown into the "Food Media" section pretty soon.

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    1. re: Bostonbob3

      Good point, Bostonbob3. So--dear moderator, please don't move this. If you read the article you'll see that it is almost entirely about Boston-area clamshacks.

      1. re: seefood

        But this discussion is entirely about Chowhound Policy. :)

        I have been to the Clam Box and Farnham's, both of which were great. I really want to go to Essex Seafood, though. Mmm, lard. Can I still go in September or will it be too late? I can't believe the summer's almost over... The article implied that it's best to call ahead to make sure they are cooking clams. Do people do this? I guess I should before making the drive up there...

        1. re: maillard

          Essex is open all year and the Clam Box til quite late (early Dec. I think). I too have yet to make a dedicated north shore clam run and can't believe it's Labor Day weekend. What a short summer, going to the Pacific NW screwed me up. Hope to go south shore for some clams in the Plymouth area this weekend at least.

        2. re: seefood

          Dear Posters:

          We're happy to leave this thread here if the discussion remains about the chow at these clamshacks. If someone wants to start a discussion about the merits of the article itself, please post a new thread on the Food Media and News board.


          A "Dear Moderator"

          1. re: The Chowhound Team

            Farnham's is usually open until about right after Christmas and they reopen early in March. Essex Seafood is open year 'round. I have never known any of the shacks to be NOT cooking clams but sometimes they get "other" clams from Canada, Maine, Maryland, Cape Cod, etc to satisfy peak demand during the summer. You may want to call and ask if they are serving "local clams" which would be from Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich, Rowley, Newbury clam flats etc. Frankly there is no taste difference between the Essex and Ipswich clam but them could be fightin' words in the wrong company! Essex and Ipswich are joined by water via Fox Creek, so the clam populations are pretty much the same stock.

            Its always more likely you'll get the local clams in the off-peak times when they don't ship in from other areas.