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Aug 22, 2008 05:22 PM

Metro Detroit: Real New England style clam strips anywhere?

Is there any remote chance at all that there is a place in the Metro Detroit area that serves real, fresh fried clam strips? There has to be at least ONE place. I have't had a real fried clam since I moved from Boston back in the early 80's and I can't bear to bring myself to order a plate from any restaurant for fear of being offered a plate of frozen tiny strips that barely qualify as clam.

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  1. I would think a Muer restaurant would have it...Charley's Crab, or maybe Matt Prentice seafood place on Woodward. I'll be very happy to find out, along with you, where you can get the real deal.

    1. Wow...didn't think it would ever happen!

      Have you thought about the Cadieux Cafe? For some reason, that strikes me as a place for clams...or am I thinking about something else? I can't remember.

      I'm not a big guy for clams, Gruelurks, so I'm just sort of going on fuzzy memory, here.

      I think I'd avoid the Matt Prentice restaurants for a bit...I've been pretty disappointed with them lately. The Muer restaurants may be a better bet.

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      1. re: boagman

        It's mussels at the Cadieux Cafe, not clams. For some reason, many places have mussels (Tom's Oyster Bar . . . the Earle in Ann Arbor has 'em cheap at happy hour), but not clams. Maybe they travel better.

        1. re: Jim M

          Ah, that's it...mussels. Thank you, Jim. Since I haven't had them, either, my memory just wasn't where it needed to be.

          This seems to be a pretty unknown commodity in the SE Michigan area...I'm semi-jealous of your experience on the east coast, Grue. Fried clams might be right up my alley, but alas: I've never had the opportunity.

      2. Just had some at the Dearborn Tavern (Outer Drive and Pelham). I can't vouch for their origins or fresh vs. frozen, but they were huge and tastily fried.

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        1. re: amandaqtpie

          I've had them there but it's been a couple years. By no means a real NE clam as it's the strip, not the belly. I'm pretty sure they were frozen. Guilty pleasure: sometimes I roll through White Castle drive-thru and get their fried clams side...a nice little hit when you need it!