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FRIED CLAM STRIPS, TRIP FROM NYC TO BOSTON?

ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR GREAT FRIED CLAM STRIPS ON ROADTRIP BETWEEN NYC AND BOSTON? HOW ABOUT LOBSTER ROLLS?
COULD ROUTE THROUGH PROVIDENCE RI IF NECESSARY.

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  1. Ummm... strips? Really? Not actual whole clams, but strips cut from sea clams or quahaugs? I'm not even sure that's legal in MA.

    All kidding aside, if you really want strips, my daughter eats them, (why, I don't know) and would recommend either the Clam Box in Ipswich, Ma (where you will get funny looks, or be introduced to really good whole clams), or Kelly's on Revere Beach, MA.

    For lobster rolls, I'd recommend Bob Lobster in Newburyport (towards Plum Island) for the sheer quantity and quality of lobster meat you'll get in that grilled, buttered New England hot dog roll.

    I'm sure others across MA and RI will offer other suggestions.

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        1. I'm sorry you can't get a straight answer here without a a bit of snark as well. I myself dislike whole bellied clam immensely so I can relate to your request. I would second the suggestion of the Clam Box in Ipswich or Woodman's in that same area.

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          1. re: GSM

            I prefer the whole ones myself, so I cannot speak from personal experience but Lenny & Joe's in Madison CT (off exit 61 Hammonaset Beach on 95) has very good fried seafood, so I would assume the strips are good. They have a more formal sit down place in Saybrook. Sea swirl in Mystic is also good

          2. You can get to Maine Fish Market Restaurant in East Windsor, CT (the Warehouse Point area) from I-91.

            Just went for lunch yesterday. I had fried sea scallops (EXCELLENT), my aunt had fried claims, my mom had fried oysters. We were three very happy (and full) diners. :) Strips and bellies are available. Can't personally vouch for their lobster rolls, but I see they are on the menu, too...and you can check out a photo on the link to their lunch menu:
            http://www.mainefishmarket.com/

            If you do decide to travel via Providence, consider stopping in Clinton, CT to go to Lobster Landing. My mom, the lobster lover, loves Lobster Landing even more than Lenny & Joe's (and she's been going to L&J's for 20+ years almost weekly). Both are highly recommended.

            One more for the CT shoreline: Johnny Ad's in Old Saybrook...and they have great lobster bisque, too.

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            Lobster Landing
            152 Commerce St, Clinton, CT

            Maine Fish Market Restaurant
            60 Bridge St, East Windsor, CT 06088

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            1. re: kattyeyes

              THANKS ALL FOR YOUR RECS
              I GREW UP LOVING HOWARD JOHNSON'S FRIED CLAMS AS MY FAVORITE FOOD. I LIVE IN MICHIGAN AND CANNOT FIND ANYTHING LIKE THEM HERE SINCE HOWARD JOHNSONS DISAPPEARED. VISITED MAINE AND MASSACHUSETTS 2 YEARS AGO AND WAS IN HEAVEN. LOVED THE CLAMS AT THE CLAM BOX IN IPSWICH AND BOB'S (I THINK THAT WAS THE NAME) IN KITTERY ACCROSS THE STREET FROM THE OUTLET MALL. HEAVENLY LOBSTER ROLLS AT RED'S IN WISCASSET MAINE.
              SORRY BUT I HAVE TRIED THE FULL BELLY CLAMS AND THEY ARE NOT FOR ME.
              KEEP UP THE RECS---ESPECIALLY ON MY ROUTE DRIVING FROM NEW YORK CITY TO BURLINGTON MASS. THANKS AGAIN.

              1. re: SASSYMI2

                PS: WE PLAN ON VISTING NEWBURYPORT AND THE BEAC AT PLUM ISLAND WE ENJOY.

                1. re: SASSYMI2

                  If you go to Newburyport, I would definitely second the recommendation of Bob Lobster on Plum Island. All their fried fare is top quality, as well as their lobster rolls. But really, unlock your "cap lock" button....you are giving me a headache!

                2. re: SASSYMI2

                  Flanders Fish Market is right off Rte 95 in East Lyme CT. The address is: 22 Chesterfield Rd., East Lyme, CT. Its both a restaurant and high volume fish market so everything is super fresh and well prepared. Huge menu should satisfy anyone in the group. A good stop from NYC at about the half way point.

                  1. re: SASSYMI2

                    While in Burlington you could try the Fish House on Cambridge street. I've always enjoyed the fried seafood there. I've never had a lobster roll, though.

                    1. re: SASSYMI2

                      I too have fond memories of the clam strips at HOJOs although I am firmly in the clambelly club now. I agree with all the Ipswich Clam Box recommendations. As for the lobster rolls, if you take about a 15 minute detour off rte 95 (via 495 E) to Norton, MA, there is a little joint called Emma's. I had an awesome lobster roll there about a week ago, which rivaled the best one I ever had, at a quaint harborside spot in Stonington, Maine (forgot the name, if I ever knew it in the first place!)

                      1. re: Brouillard

                        Oh Yah, I remember those HOJO days, we used to call them 'rubber bands', breaded and frozen, yum. Now it's The Clam Box large belly's for me.

                        1. re: treb

                          Here we go with this again...

                          Its like if a person only ever had a hamburger at mcdonalds 30 years ago and has decided that all hamburgers are gross now regardless of where/how they are made and will only eat steaks now. 2 different things.

                          Some people dont like whole clams, im one of them, i find them repulsive. You have the "neck" (really the butt) part that is more rubbery usually then most any strip. Then you have the gooey belly with all that black crud in it (and if your lucky some nice sand). Gross. But at least i have tried them at all the best places before deciding they are not for me.

                          There is no comparing a hojo rubberband frozen strip to freshly made ones at a place like the Clam Box .

                          1. re: hargau

                            Mmmmm...That kinda gives me the hankering for a nice big plate of those fried clam butts with gooey ,black, sandy, cruddy bellies. With a side of tarter of course. :-)

                            1. re: CapeCodGuy

                              LOL! My point is, I just dont understand why that whenever someone asks about clam strips on CH, people always have to come out that do not add anything to their original question. Just posting to tell them they have lousy taste in food basically and why their taste is so much better. I dont see it happening with any other food type. If someone comes on asking for a place with good softserve ice cream, people answer. They dont go on a rant telling them how they shouldnt eat softserve and that softserve is an inferior type of ice cream straight from a carton and that they should get hard ice cream at such and such place. Or if someone asks about hotdogs people dont go on rants telling them hamburgers are the better food.....etc... So why does it happen EVERY time with clam strips?

                              1. re: hargau

                                Interesting question. I think it probably has to do with the area in which we live. For the rest of the country, "fried clams" are fried strips. The most common craving I hear from friends who move away is for fried whole clams with bellies. It's one of the few things that is truly unique to New England cuisine. A good clam strip plate can be okay, as they can be sweet and tender, but to real afficianados, no bellies mean none of the complex flavors that local clams are famous for, although its not a taste and consistancy that is universal for sure.

                                Oh, if you ever have a chance to try real egg frozen custard, you'll never be satisfied with soft serve again! :-)

                            2. re: hargau

                              HARGAU,

                              THANKS FOR STICKING UP FOR ME AGAINST ALL THOSE "BELLY BULLIES". TRIED BELLIES---PREFER STRIPS--SORRY.
                              GOING TO NEW ENGLAND TO GET FRESH CLAM STRIPS. CAN ONLY GET LOUSY FROZEN IMATATIONS IN MIDWEST.

                        2. re: SASSYMI2

                          See the link on the weloveclams.com website:
                          http://www.weloveclams.com/strips.html for a history of clam strips.

                          Try the Clam Castle
                          1324 Boston Post Rd., Madison, CT
                          203-245-4911

                          They've been there for more than 40 years. Off exit 62 I-95, about half way from NYC to Boston. Great food, and rustic clam shack atmosphere