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Jul 1, 2008 03:03 PM

Fried Whole Belly Clams

Does anyone know where a can find a restaurant in South Florida (East Coast) that serves fried whole belly clams? I am a transplanted New Englander and my craving is out of control!!!!

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  1. Kelley's Landing in Ft. Lauderdale


    also try Tark's on US1 in Dania Beach.

    Kelly's Landing-New England
    1305 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

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    1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

      Kelly's Landing!!!
      Im up in New England right now, and I have had BETTER meals at Kelly's Landing then I have up here.

      1. re: chow003

        As a native Rhode Islander, I'd have to agree. The clams, especially, are sensational.

        1. re: chow003

          Hey CHOW003
          Not sure where u are in NEw England right now, but if your near 128 North, the (CAPE ANN) area of the North Shore, take the ESSEX exit going North on 128, and go EAST, in Gloucester on the right hand side is the BEST Seafood Restaurant called "THE CAUSEWAY". The biggest whole bellied fried clams..I swear u can;t eat the entire plate. hardly any fries, all clams. Its like $15.95..Going rate..Nothing too look at, decor is bad. But the food! 5 STARS. Next time anyone is in that part of Massachusetts PLEASE GO!

        2. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

          The Chowfather's right but not about the yankees (GO SAWX!) Kelley's is the place for New England-style seafood, especially fried whole belly clams and lobster rolls served on the correct hot dog bun. My wife's from Boston and this is where we go when she needs a fried clam fix. For us, it's worth the drive from Boca.

          You could also try Legal Seafood. There are three in the area: Boca Raton at the Town Center mall, West Palm Beach at City Place, and Sunrise at the Sawgrass mall. Find maps and their locations here:

          1. re: RickL

            Yes most definatley!! I know for a fact that kelly's flies in all of their northern fare direct from boston.

            1. re: RickL

              Thanks RICK;;Legal Seafood is a RIP OFF..The Clam Plate there is horrible..They give only a few, and more like strips, than bellies. KELLYS in FTL is nice, but...I heard there was a place on the ocean in Lake Worth, called J&G? I think it might be gone now? I heard they had the Whole bellied Clams?
              What is it with these "YANKESS FANS??? I am talking about New ENGLAND here, and New YORK is not part of it..Besides the RED SOX rule...

              1. re: Bocajack

                Disagree about Legal Seafood's fried clams, the ones in Boston anyways. They may be a little pricey but I've always enjoyed them growing up and as an option at Logan Airport. I've been to The Causeway and their clams are pretty good but Woodman's is better for clams and New England seafood in general.

                1. re: Blind Mind

                  Hello Blind Man..In Response to your opinion about Legal Seafoods "Fried Clams", I never had them in Boston. I have had the Fried Clam plates in Boca Raton where I live, and in Sunrise and I was disapointed by the Price for one thing and the quantity.
                  In New England when you get a "CLAM PLATE" the clams are piled high on french fries.Here in south Florida, they serve them on a large fancy plate, spread out, with fries all around..I was dis pleased.
                  Yes, the Causeway in Gloucester is nice, and the Clams are great, and I will agree that "Woodmans: in Essex has much better atmosphere both inside and outside sitting overlooking the marshes and waterways.
                  But, when was the last time you went to Woodmans? The price of the Clam Plate has risen sharply, and the quantity has lowered too much. I don;t like a piled high plate of "French Fries" with a small quantity of Clams on top of them. At least the "Causeway" in Gloucester, although not know for its scenery still gives you a huge mound of Clams on top of a few french fries for cheaper money. And they change the cooking oil constantly. Woodmans uses the same dark oil all day.. Look next time at thier vats and u will see the cooking oil so dark and smokling..YUCK.
                  Woodmans though has the BEST Tarter sauce around..Homemade! But,they also charge you I think 25cents for one.
                  WOODMANS now has opened another restaurant in Bedford,NH. And in Adam Sandlers New Movie with a huge cast of famous people, WOODMANS is featured in the movie as the place where they all go to eat..

                  1. re: Bocajack

                    I haven't been to Woodmans in a few years, same with The Causeway. Woodman's was most definitely featured in Sandler's movie "Grown Ups". Recognized it from the very first scene they walk in. Good stuff. I head to Long Beach in Rockport every July and usually hit up The Franklin and Captain Carlo's which are both a short ride over in Gloucester and great.

            2. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

              Thanks...TARKS, in Dania Beach, serves RAW ''RAZOR CLAMS", Nothing like New England Clams. Go RED SOX

            3. I'm on the gulf coast and i have less than no idea...but every time I see the name of this thread i start to salivate. wow. fried whole belly clams. makes me wanna go HOME back up to New Yawk.

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              1. re: Manderley

                Randy's Fish House (of US 41, near the Ritx Carlton hotel) in Naples has the fried whole belly clams. Excellent.

                1. re: Manderley

                  Manderley, on the West coast check out Crow's Nest in Venice. They fly in Ipswich clams and do them great. Lots of NEers there. We used to sail up there when we had our boat on the West Coast and eat at the bar.

                2. Usually (not always they have them at The Whale. The old owners of The Whale's Rib opened up in the Waterway Shops on Rt 441 in Parkland

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                  1. re: larfied

                    Thanks..I heard the "WHALES RIB" in Deerfield Beach" has or had them...Then all the staff hit the LOTTO, and the place changed??
                    Thanks for telling me about NAPLES! And I didn;t know that NEW YORK even knew about Fried Clams?

                  2. We found Kelly's 2 years ago and go up there from Miami as often as we can. They have the BEST whole fried Ipswich Clams......If you know RONNIES Clam bar in Auburn Mass, Kelly's clams are that good :) The only other place I know that has FRESH or Steamed Ipswich Clams, is the Captains Tavern in Miami. They have both a Fresh Fish Market and a Restaurant.

                    Kelly's Landing-New England
                    1305 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

                    1. Boston's on The Beach in Delray Beach has them. Does the name help help give you an idea what they're about??? ENJOY............