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Where can one get decent steamers in No Jersey?

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  • RayP Mar 28, 2010 11:33 AM
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Does anyone know where to get good steamers (like the ones Clam Broth House used to serve) in Northern NJ?

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  1. I used to live in Hoboken and remember them well. Now I'm in Colorado, where steamers are non-existent.

    1. If you're not near the shore, try Legal Seafoods. I sometimes eat 2 orders as my meal (but not lately, now I buy them at Fairway or WF and make them myself.)

      1. How far south will you good for good steamers?

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        1. re: kevinkin

          Until the parkway runs out of road! :-)

        2. Seafood Gourmet in Maywood usually has them, your choice of cooked or raw. This is a retail shop with a small restaurant in the back. Best retail fish I've ever seen this side of the Hudson.

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          Seafood Gourmet
          103 W Pleasant Ave, Maywood, NJ 07607

          1. Legal Seafood actually has great steamers. The have restos in Paramus and Short Hills.

            1. We seem to have this conversation once or twice a year. First, you have to identify what type of clam you want steamed. A lot of places in NJ steam a regular hard shell clam, the same clam that you eat raw on the half shell. They have different names according to their size, the smallest is usually called a cherrystone clam, a medium is a quahog, and a large one a surf clam. They are all the same animal and can be eaten raw or steamed. Surf clams are tough and usually reserved for chowder or stews. The muscle of Surf clams are also cut up, breaded, and deep fried as Clam Strips (made famous by Howard Johnson’s)

              If you order steamed or fried clams in New England, you’ll get a soft shell or Ipswich clam, sometimes referred to in NJ as a p@ss clam in reference to tail like appendage that is capable of squirting water. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft-she... .

              The only two places that I’ve seen Ipswich fried clams with their bellies are the Legal Seafood chain http://www.legalseafoods.com and Mr. Shrimp in Belmar http://www.mrshrimp.com/MS/Index.asp . I’d call and make sure they have them before going to either.

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              1. re: TomDel

                You're right Tom I should have been more specific you can get cherrystones etc pretty much anywhere..I'm looking for the Ipswich aka Pi@s clams...

                1. re: RayP

                  Just had lunch at Legal, Short Hills. The steamers (ipswich of course) were delicious. Served in a bucket with drawn butter and clam broth...perfect!

                  1. re: berna

                    Limani in Westfield has wonderful steamers

                2. re: TomDel

                  Actually the smallest hard shell clams are "Little Necks" and those are the ones normally served raw or steamed.

                3. Pub 199 in Mount Arlington, NJ (Exit 30 on Route 80)

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                  Pub 199
                  199 Howard Blvd, Mount Arlington, NJ 07856

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                  1. re: smillie55

                    Pub 199 does not have "steamers". They have "steamed clams." Huge difference. Too many stuffed animals, too...

                  2. Sayreville Seafood in Sayreville sells fresh soft shell steamer clams.
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                    The Morgan Fishery in Sayreville on Rt 35, serves steamers. I'm used to Maine style and these were heavily spiced Italian, ask for them just plain steamed.
                    I too grew up going to the Hoboken clam Broth House.
                    Sorry to rub it in, but I now live in Maine, where I walk 200 yds to dig clams; today I ordered 10 lbs from a student for a buck a lb.
                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/581285

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                    Morgan Fishery
                    1812 State Route 35, South Amboy, NJ 08879

                    1. It's been a couple of years since I have stopped in the Crow's Nest, but they always had steamers on the menu. Pots would run about 9.95-11.95, depending on market. Simply prepared with white wine and aromatics.,

                      1. Red's lobster dock (Channel Drive) in Point Pleasant has soft shell steamers, and they are always fresh, and prepared correctly. Great steamed lobster, too. Way overpriced, but if you factor in the outside seating, and the BYO, it's worth it when you need a fix. Also, fried clams (Ipswich - 'full belly') can be had in Surf City at the Blue Claw. On the Blvd approx 18th - 19th Street. Pretty good, but close to $20. Avoid 'Off the Hook' up in Barnegat Light. Only clam strips, and a very disorganized operation.

                        1. well, I've never had the ones at the clam broth house but it is pleasant to sit at Moby's / Bahr's in the Highlands and eat steamers and drink pitchers of reasonably cheap beer.