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BYOB Fried Clams, North Shore

Angel Food Jul 29, 2010 12:08 PM

Which of the Gloucester / Essex / Ipswich / Rockport fried clam joints are BYOB tolerant, besides the Lobster Pool? Any ideas? Thanks!

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Lobster Pool
329 Granite St, Rockport, MA 01966

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    treb Jul 30, 2010 03:32 AM

    Lobster Pool is the most liberal for BYOB, I've discretely indulged at the Clam Box back on their picinc benches.

    1. StriperGuy Jul 29, 2010 01:18 PM

      Essex.

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        Angel Food Aug 5, 2010 05:58 PM

        Essex Seafood fit the bill, thanks! Somehow I missed the cod cheeks on the menu, will have to look for them later this month when I'm in the area for a week.

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        Essex Seafood
        143 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA 01929

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          treb Aug 6, 2010 05:02 AM

          It may be BYO but, I wouldn't eat their food.

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            Angel Food Aug 6, 2010 01:27 PM

            Treb, what don't you like about Essex?

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              Science Chick Aug 6, 2010 01:47 PM

              The one and only time I ate there, the line moved at a ridiculously slow pace, food took forever to come and when it did it tasted of old yucky oil. I haven't returned.

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                justbeingpolite Aug 6, 2010 01:51 PM

                I haven't had that experience. When I've been (about half a dozen times) the line has moved quickly. The wait can be long, though. I'm not sure how many fryolators they've got back there. The fry has varied, presumably with the freshness of the lard they're frying in. I've had more good batches than not so good, and nothing really bad.

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                treb Aug 6, 2010 02:38 PM

                We did a clam shack crawl with one stop being Essex, they were the smallest, driest, overcooked and most expensive of the 5 shacks we hit on the NS.

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                  hargau Aug 8, 2010 01:00 PM

                  I went only once about a year ago. Line/speed was fine but everything was dried up, overcooked and not very good. Never will go back.

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                    Angel Food Aug 11, 2010 07:16 AM

                    Maybe we just caught it right. No line and everything was cooked just fine. Good to know you can catch them at bad times, too. I love the Clam Shack but have never waited less than 90 mins there, sometimes one just does not want to deal with that.

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                      ScubaSteve Aug 11, 2010 08:33 PM

                      go mid-week around 3pm. fresh oil & almost no waiting.

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              powerfulpierre Aug 6, 2010 05:44 AM

              If you like cod cheeks give Farnham's a call when you are in the area. They have them "when they can get them" and a plate for about $11 is a bargain of deliciousness.

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                shaebones Aug 6, 2010 07:49 AM

                Can BYOB @ Farnham's but can only consume them inside. Can't take them outdoors to the picnic tables overlooking the marsh. :(

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                  sinned61 Aug 6, 2010 08:26 AM

                  no you can't, they SELL beer and wine but it must be consumed INSIDE!!!

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                    shaebones Aug 6, 2010 09:10 AM

                    oop, my bad. :/

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                  Angel Food Aug 6, 2010 01:27 PM

                  Thanks PP, will be trying Farnhams too!

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                    treb Aug 6, 2010 02:40 PM

                    Agreed, had them a while ago, crisp on the outside, creamy on the inside, real tasty.

              2. srgoodman Jul 29, 2010 01:08 PM

                The Causeway was BYOB the last time I was there.

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                  sinned61 Jul 29, 2010 02:41 PM

                  The beer I bought next to the Causeway was the only part of my "meal" that I could ingest.
                  BEWARE of The Causeway!!! Nasty Clams.

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