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Jul 29, 2010 12:08 PM

BYOB Fried Clams, North Shore

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

Lobster Pool
329 Granite St, Rockport, MA 01966

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  1. The Causeway was BYOB the last time I was there.

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    1. re: srgoodman

      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.

      1. re: StriperGuy

        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.

        Essex Seafood
        143 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA 01929

        1. re: Angel Food

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

          1. re: treb

            Treb, what don't you like about Essex?

            1. re: Angel Food

              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.

              1. re: Science Chick

                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.

              2. re: Angel Food

                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.

                1. re: treb

                  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.

                  1. re: hargau

                    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.

                    1. re: Angel Food

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

            2. re: Angel Food

              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.

              1. re: powerfulpierre

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

                1. re: shaebones

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

                2. re: powerfulpierre

                  Thanks PP, will be trying Farnhams too!

                  1. re: powerfulpierre

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

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