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Bummer clams at Tony's, Wollaston

Joanie Aug 3, 2009 06:43 AM

i can never remember if I usually go to Tony's or the Clam Box and which is supposed to be the better one. Since there was a volleyball tournament across from Tony's, I went there. Clam roll was $13.95, served with fries (I think they might sub onion rings for you but I forgot to ask). Out came these humungous clams that couldn't fit in the roll. I know some of you are into really big bellies bit I like medium and these were way beyond that. Just too big and lots of necks, extra chewiness, not enough batter. I think it's a good thing I got a roll to kind of disguise some what I didn't like. I walked by the Clam Box and theirs looked more my style. Waste of calories, maybe I should have gone for a lobster roll which was my other thought. I did end on a good note w/ a grapenut cone at Louie's in E. Somerville which still makes mighty fine ice cream. They don't have kiddie size on the menu anymore but he made me one, which was still good sized and just $2.

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  1. kobuta RE: Joanie Aug 3, 2009 06:50 AM

    You described the reason why I love Tony's - giant belly clams. Really if clams are all bellies, I'd be happy. Reminds me that I need to take a trip to get some clams soon.

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      pesto RE: kobuta Aug 14, 2009 09:32 AM

      I'm with you. The bigger the belly, the better. (of course I'm referring to the clams, not myself.) Had a clam plate at Tony's about a week ago and had to restrain myself from moaning out loud. The clams were sweet, tender and perfectly fried. The bellies were large and bursting with flavor. I dream about their french fries. YUM

    2. Pat Hammond RE: Joanie Aug 3, 2009 06:52 AM

      I paid my first visit to the Clam Box last weekend. We got there about 3:30 and there was a long line. We discovered that they'd changed the cooking oil at 2:30 and I'm sure it takes a while to get it back up to temp. We had the native fried clam plate, clam roll, fried haddock, lobster roll, fried "chicken fingers", fried shrimp. That's not all, so a big assortment. There's wasn't a bit of "grease" on anything and the portions were huge, flavors were clean and fresh. My son declared the shrimp to be the best he'd ever had and I'm pretty sure he said the shrimp were from Maine. Our bill was hefty, but worth it.

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        Joanie RE: Pat Hammond Aug 3, 2009 12:54 PM

        I think you're talking about the Ipswich Clam Box aren't you? I know they change their oil at 2:30. I was referring to the Wollaston Beach Clam Box which isn't at the same level as the north shore one.

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        bella_sarda RE: Joanie Aug 3, 2009 07:56 AM

        Funny----I had the lobster roll at Tony's yesterday, and it was quite good. there was a lot of meat, and in huge pieces, like whole claws! It was very lightly dressed, with barely any mayo, and had just some paprika for seasoning. I would have seasoned it just a tad more, but there was no disputing the quality and quantity of lobster meat, and the roll was done just right (buttered/toasted). Served with a killer pickle. My husband had the small calamari box, and I was impressed with the lightness of the batter and lack of greasiness, and the calamari were tender rather than tough.

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          Pegmeister RE: Joanie Aug 3, 2009 09:27 AM

          I tend to like both the Clam Box and Tony's, but lean towards Tony's more often than not. I've been a few times this summer and didn't find the bellies to be overly large but I'm sure that can change week to week depending on what they bring in. Don't rule them out yet, if you tell them you prefer the smaller belly version, I'm sure they'll accommodate.

          1. Bob Dobalina RE: Joanie Aug 3, 2009 01:21 PM

            I know what you mean - The so-called "small" at Louie's at $3 is a BIG single scoop.

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              catsmeow RE: Joanie Aug 3, 2009 02:03 PM

              Last week, I went to the Wollaston Beach Clam Box. I always preferred it to Tony's simply because Tony's uses Cain's mayo to make their tarter sauce and I don't like it. Well, my clams from the Clam Box were so chewy(like rubber bands) that after just eating 3-4 of them, I threw the rest out. I hope it was just a fluke.

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                Rich P RE: Joanie Aug 14, 2009 06:10 AM

                My tip for ordering at Tony's is to request smaller belliy clams. I got a large to go order of clams and oysters there on Sunday. They were happy to oblige my request for "smaller" clams and oysters.

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                  Pegmeister RE: Joanie Sep 4, 2009 04:36 AM

                  Joanie, just as a follow up, I stopped at Tony's last night for take out. While I'm totally fine with large belly clams, these were exceptionally large. I found for the most part they were good, but I did get a few that were rubbery with a bitter after taste. Quite unusual from my experience. What disappointed me though, were the onion rings. The rings were cut too thin and were overcooked.

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                    Joanie RE: Pegmeister Sep 4, 2009 05:49 AM

                    I need to take a north shore clam run in general, but I'm making a note (since I never can remember) that it's the Quincy Clam Box if I'm on Wollaston Beach again. Thanks.

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                      pesto RE: Joanie Sep 10, 2009 12:38 PM

                      Had fried clams again, and once again, they were perfect. Sweet and cooked to perfection. I just love the subjective nature of food! In fact, I am glad you'll be going to the Clam Box because that means less of a wait for me :)

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