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Oct 2, 2008 05:47 AM

Fried Clams in PHX

I was listening to a podcast of the NPR program "the Splendid Table" during the bus ride home from work the other day and Jane and Michael Stern were going on and on about the great fried clams they ate at some place in Rhode Island. Obviously, we're a long way from the New England coast, but the podcast got me thinking: I don't think I've ever eaten fried clams here in Phoenix. Does anyplace here make them particularly well?

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  1. Being a New England transplant...I'm always on the hunt for a good fried whole (belly) clam.
    Foster's used to do a great fried clam plate and clam roll before they went out of business.
    The only place I know of...and I haven't been in a while is Taylors Chowder House

    Taylor's can't hold a candle to what you get on the East Coast in freshness, quality and quantity....

    3540 W Calavar Rd
    Phoenix, AZ 85053
    (602) 978-1815

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    1. re: ciaogal

      adding the link

      Taylor's Chowder House
      3540 W Calavar Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85053

        1. re: ciaogal

          Thanks for the recommendation. My in-laws live near this place, so I'll definitely give it a try sometime.

        2. re: ciaogal

          Another NE transplant here, that just got back from a visit to Gloucester/Ipswich/Essex where we stuffed ourselves with all the clams and scallops we've been craving since our last trip back. I just haven't seen clams on any menus here and would be very cautious if I did.

          1. re: BillB656

            The best fried Ipswich Clam I have found closest to Phoenix is at FIX at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
            I am off to the Boston Area in a few weeks.....hoping to hit Kelly's on Revere Beach and Woodman's in Essex!

            1. re: ciaogal

              Lucky you. I really like JT Farmham's for fried clams in Essex.

              1. re: ciaogal

                Thanks for that tip on Taylor's Chowder House - I had given up on finding fried clams here; I'll be sure to check it out. We might even go today.

                Have a great time in Boston! My favorite for fried clams in Boston is Neptune in the North End. I also lived in Essex for about 5 years. I like Farnham's and Essex Seafood for fried clams, but my favorite is the Clam Box in Ipswich (one town over from Essex). Call for fall hours.

                (My recent visit to Neptune with a blurry pic of the fried clams:)

                1. re: Rubee

                  Rubee, thanks for the tip on Farnham's and I have forgotten about the Clam box....I left Boston aver 10 years ago....though I frequently go back to visit family,
                  One reason we frequent Woodman's is my nephew has celiac disease and their fried seafood is gluten free....
                  We will be spending 2 nights @ Rowe's Wharf......I think a walk to the North End to check out Neptune's in the mix!

                  Taylor's is no where close to what you find in's just a passable pit stop when you can't get the real thing!

                  1. re: ciaogal

                    As long as we're strolling down memory lane, thousands of miles away, I thought I'd add a link to the only place I've ever had fried clam bellies. Some of you might get a kick out of it.


                    I'm not sure I recommend this place very highly, but, I liked the clam bellies.

                    1. re: ciaogal

                      Neptune then Mike's Pastry - hard to go wrong there.

                  2. re: ciaogal

                    Ya, Kelly's rocks. Just watch out for the seagulls!
                    We took in Woodman's this week because Dad hadn't been there in 20yrs. I'm a big fan of Farnhams (and Clam Box as Rubee mentioned) as well.
                    Don't forget to hit Bill Ash's for a slice of pizza while you're at Reveah Beach

                2. re: ciaogal

                  Went to Taylor's this weekend. Have had the friend clams a few times over the years. The amazing Ipswich clams with bellies were replaced with small pieces of the clams with bellies and the majority strips. Won't be going back there again.

                  1. re: inphxnowwht

                    A new Fish and chip restaurant opened on Via Linda and 90th on the S/E corner.
                    Seattle's Best Fish and Chips (the old Aladdin's)
                    We stopped in last week...I was very excited to try it and was extremely disappointed. We ordered NE clam chowder it was very flour'y w/ almost no clams and no taste.
                    We also ordered the clams and onion rings. They were out of clams so we subbed oysters w/ our rings.
                    The batter is very thick on both oysters and rings. I was hoping for a light flakey batter where the fresh flavors of the seafood would shine.
                    They promote their homemade tartar sauce.....they should give you more than a thimble.
                    Slaw and fresh lemons should be served as well....

                    Im hoping they are working out the kinks and can improve on what has great potential.