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Apr 10, 2009 09:25 AM

Cape Cod 2009 Fried Clam reports

With all the shacks starting to open for the season, I thought it might be nice to start a thread for this year. Report your findings belly lovers!

Seafood Sams- South Yarmouth- I rate them an "eh". Small and slightly overcooked. Barely a belly really. Only positive is a lunch plate during the week is a bargain at $8.50 including fries and slaw. You do, however, get what you pay for.

Cooke's-Hyannis - Terrific as always. Good sized bellies, perfectly fried, and I still think their coating is one of the best on the Cape (and coatings DO vary considerably from place to place)
Only drawback, it will set you back a whopping $17.95 but does come with a few onion rings in addition to the fries and slaw.

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  1. Oh - I love to think of the Cape in April. After countless summer vacations, we have settled on Kream N Kone in Dennis. I've learned to skip the mediocre fries (I'm just not a fan of fries in general) and just order the clams straight up. The onion rings and fried scallops are also amazing. Tip: call ahead to place your order to beat the hour plus wait that's typical on a July/August Saturday night, then take your meal down the street to the (Sea St.?) beach for better atmosphere than the hectic, crowded restaurant. No matter where we stay on the Cape, we'll drive to Dennis for this annual indulgence.

    1. Won't be making the first trip until 5/1, but Moby Dick's is our traditional 1st stop- more for oysters than clams- but will report back- they have yet to disappoint!

      1. I like Sir Cricket's fried clams. I don't love them, but I like them. The batter is nice and they are always crisp. Also, they have sweet potato fries, which is a good alternative to nasty soggy frozen food service fries.

        What I really want to find on the cape is a place that serves southern style fried seafood with that nice crispy cornmeal crust. I buy the mix when I am down there, but it doesn't taste the same without a deep fryer. And hush puppies would be a nice change from dreadful fries.

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        1. re: hungrycc

          i like, no wait...LOVE, the fried sea scallops at Sir Crickets, the fried clams are okay. I prefer Arnold's fried clams.

          1. re: hungrycc

            Love me some Sir Crickets fried clams.

            1. re: hungrycc

              Maybe I'll try Sir Crickets. I happen to love soggy fries, much better than what lots of restaurants are serving these days which have some sort of coating to keep them crispy. They alter the taste of the fry and it has been my observation that people who claim to be " not really french fry lovers" happen to like these things. I think they taste like those frozen potato buds. I'd like to check it out, I can often tell just by looking at them.

              1. re: donnahobrien

                Which one do you go to? I find the clams in Chatham a little greasy. Love the fried haddock though -- it is sooo good!

                1. re: donnahobrien

                  I heard a lot of good things about Kream n Kone. Are the fried clams expensive there?

                  1. re: wosh

                    wosh, no, KK is very's a clam shack but no views not near the sea..another 3 miles and u r at West Dennis Beach

                2. We are in Eastham now-dont want to compare but Friendly Fishermans are terrific