New England-style Fried Clam Roll
- dmo305 Dec 25, 2008 12:06 PM
Where can i find a decent one in S Fla?
There's a little place called Taste of Boston, here in South Venice, that serves a really good clam roll for about 8 bucks...
Kelly's may be the one! If those are the folks that were originally associated with a place in Hingham MA, then you will have found Nirvana. It's been 8 years since i lived in FTL, but the abosulute "go-to" place was located near the Quarter-Deck. You might have to wait for a table, but the bar in the back usually had space. Great service, great clams, great other foods. It's in the backside (ok, side-side) of a big strip shopping mall! THE BEST!
So my cravings got the best of me (and an errand up north) and I finally made it to Kelly's Landing. I had to drive around the block one time as this place is on the back-side corner of a strip mall and not easy to notice.
We started with the Steamers, and had a few Clam Rolls and a Lobster Roll. The steamers ran about 17 or 18 dollars and were thoroughly devoured by my GF and the little munchkin. They loved them and my GF said it definitely brought back memories of Barnacle Billy's in Maine.
The Clam Rolls were done in traditional fashion, served on a NE-style grilled hot dog bun, overflowing from all sides with fried clams (with bellies). While these had the look and feel of the real thing, the clams were not fried properly, IMHO. The breading on the clams was somewhat soft and did not stick to the clam. I prefer my clams to be crispy on the outside and here this was not the case. I still enjoyed my roll, but it would've been infinitely better if they got this part right.
The lobster roll was also served in the traditional fashion, with a bit of lettuce in the grilled hotdog bun, and the lobster diced w/ mayo piled atop. The lobster pieces were cut smaller than i prefer, but thats nitpicking.
Overall, it seems i might have visited on an off day, so I will return to try the clams again. I'm not entirely sure if this place has the reputation as the best place for clams because it is actually the best, or just because there is nowhere else to get them. Either way, if you are feeling nostalgic for some NE style beach food, and are in Ft Lauderdale, this place merits a visit.
It's a particular style on the breading. The clams I got over in Englewood were the same and happen to be the way I like them. There's another place in Placida FL that makes them with a batter type breading that is more the crispy type you mentioned. But overall, Kelly's is pretty good