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Best / Favorite 5 North Shore Clam Shacks?

Searching Boston and North Shore for your 5 favorite clam shacks (and they need not literally be shacks). Especially love fried clam strips.

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  1. No particular order:

    Farnham's
    Clam Box
    Woodman's
    Red Wing
    Brown's

    Btw, liking clam strips is just wrong...... :-)

    1. no particular order also.

      Ceal's
      Clam Box
      Farnham's
      Land and Sea
      Agawam Diner

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      1. re: Infomaniac

        I second the Agawam dinner. great clams without the lines/drama. + coconut cream pie

      2. The Clam Box is always a runaway favorite with locals, though I also suggest trying Dube's in Salem. Fabulous light crisp breading and excellent onion rings, too.

        http://www.northshoredish.com/

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        1. re: NSDishGal

          Dube's is a true gem. Ever have the chowder that is only served on Friday, and usually is gone by 7 pm?? Foir clam spots, the Black Lobster (Stromberg's) on the Salem side of the Beverly-Salem bridge has a great fried clam special. Not sure if the price is still $11, but it had lots of whole clams, ff, o-rings and slaw. Can't beat it. And surprisingly, the fried seafood spot in Salem Willows, Cappy's, has always had good clams.

        2. Just to be different (and mostly because I simply cannot wait in the long line at the Clam Box):

          Causeway
          Bob Lobster
          Village Restaurant

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          1. re: Science Chick

            Thank you - couldn't agree more - the long line a the Clam Box is a total mystery to me. You stand in line in the asphalt parking lot in the hot blazing sun. Then you place your order at the window and sit in dark (well, very dimly lit) dining room with absolutely no character to get very mediocre fried clams. The last time my husband and I went will indeed be the last time we go. There are so many other places to get good fried clams on the North Shore - places that the may have a long wait but at least they have some sort of decent view (think Farnams).

          2. For my money the best fried clams (alas, not strips) are served at the Park Lunch in Newburyport.

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