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Best place in Ct. to get whole belly fried clams

Td61 Dec 2, 2008 04:38 AM

Any strong opinions out there?

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    lvtocook888 Dec 8, 2008 03:27 PM

    Crabshell in Stamford has good whole bellies.....definitely not too fishy

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      shoreline Dec 2, 2008 10:07 PM

      Sandpiper in East Haven hasgood whole belly clams. I think I paid like 18.50 for the dinner over the summer.

      1. masha bousha Dec 2, 2008 08:07 AM

        Speaking for my father, a CT native who's lived the last 20 years in southern CA and HI, he can't return to CT (or anywhere else in New England) without stopping at Johnny Ads in Westbrook, specifically for whole belly clams.

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        1. re: masha bousha
          hollerhither Dec 2, 2008 08:52 AM

          Love Johnny Ad's.

        2. Veggo Dec 2, 2008 07:29 AM

          Glenwood Drive In, Hamden, on Whitney Ave.

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            madisoneats Dec 2, 2008 07:16 AM

            Jimmy's in West Haven
            Sea Swirl in Mystic
            Lenny and Joes, Madison and Westbrook

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              chowmensch Dec 2, 2008 06:38 AM

              Blue Sky Cafe in New Hartford/Barkhamsted usually has them...quite good...

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              1. re: chowmensch
                mmalmad Dec 2, 2008 06:47 AM

                I had some at the new Westville Fish in New Haven yesterday that were very good

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                mrporkbelly Dec 2, 2008 05:49 AM

                black rock oyster bar in fairfield has good fried whole bellies

                1. krisrishere Dec 2, 2008 05:24 AM

                  Tinkers in Hartford and City Fish Market in Rocky Hill have good whole bellies. Be sure to call ahead and make sure they have them, but both places usually do.

                  1. EastRocker Dec 2, 2008 05:23 AM

                    They are closed for the season, but I love the sea swirl

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                      madisoneats Dec 2, 2008 05:08 AM

                      Depends-- of course! Are you looking to get them now bc many of the seasonal places are closed.

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                      1. re: madisoneats
                        Td61 Dec 2, 2008 05:25 AM

                        Anytime is fine!

                        1. re: madisoneats
                          jquest619 Dec 2, 2008 08:26 AM

                          I'm not big on clams but my parents swear by Sam the Clam in Southington.

                          1. re: jquest619
                            hotwing Dec 2, 2008 08:39 AM

                            Sam the Clams are always a little too fishy. My favorites are :
                            #1 Seaswirl in Mystic. Been to many clam shacks, even in Mass. nothing beats them yet.
                            #2 Johnny Ad's

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