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Seasonal Opening - Summer of 2011

Here's the place to report in when you find that one of those great seasonal places has opened for the season.

We had lunch at the Clam Box Quincy Shore Drive on Wollaston Beach last weekend. They opened in early March. We had scallops, chowder and a clam roll.

And we have news right here that Formaggio's seasonal BBQ is underway.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7759...

Penny
http://www.bostonzest.com/

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Clam Box
789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

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  1. Jakes Seafood in Nantasket (Hull) is open for the season, earlier than ever before. Yay! http://www.jakesseafoods.com/

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    1. re: GretchenS

      Time for a Zipcar and an lobster roll. Thanks Gretchen!

      Penny
      http://www.bostonzest.com/

    2. Oh, Tony's Clam Shop here we come!

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      Tony's Clam Shop
      861 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

      1. Dairy Joy in Weston on 117 is open for javaberry soft serve! Already been twice...

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        Dairy Joy
        331 North Ave, Weston, MA 02493

        1. Is Arthur and Pat's in Marshfield open yet? :)

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          1. re: Trumpetguy

            From what I hear, Arthur & Pat's is opening on April 16th. Can't wait!

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            Arthur & Pat's Restaurant
            239 Ocean St, Marshfield, MA 02050

          2. Louie's ice cream (last year they tried dogs too) on lower Broadway in East Somerville is now open. Had my heart set on a pastel de nata, so I didn't take advantage of it but probably will this weekend.

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            1. re: itaunas

              Do you know if their soft-serve machine is working? Both chocolate and vanilla?

              1. re: bear

                bear I saw your response and said "hey, maybe its a good tip on a pastel de nata or feijao." :-) (I do like the Chocolate com Pimenta ones at Central, but only wanted 1 not want 6, so went to Winter Hill which is good enough, but not great as the custard is a bit "grainy.")

                I can't tell you for certain. When I walked by none of the teenagers outside Louie's were having soft-serve, only hard ice cream so don't take a trip just for that. I'll probably be in the neighborhood Sunday and will ask. BTW, I really like Spadafora in Malden for soft serve and they also have good prices on Richardson's hard ice cream (better than Alexander's I believe). If you are looking for SS this weekend that might be a good option.

                1. re: itaunas

                  Thanks, itaunas. As usual, you are a gem. I drove by Louie's tonight but didn't have time to stop and check it out, so I'll leave that for another day.

                  Great to know about Spadafora. It probably won't work this weekend, but I'll check it out in the next few weeks. I'm only a fan of soft-serve with a bit of fat content, which can be tough to find since most places like to feature it as a low-calorie choice. I agree that Richardson's hard ice cream is a good product.

                  1. re: bear

                    I had some soft serve from Dairy Joy for the first time over the weekend. I got the choc/vanilla marble swirl. Maybe I'm crazy, or maybe it's because I just got back from Italy where I ate fabulous gelato, but it just didn't have any flavor. It definitely was rich, fatty-tasting, and creamy---great texture and just the temperature I like. But it didn't taste like anything. I only ate half the "small" (=ginormous) cone.

                    Are other soft-serve places more flavorful? Maybe javaberry is the way to go at Dairy Joy. Maybe I just prefer gelato, which uses less cream (more milk, sometimes even all milk/no cream) and therefore delivers stronger flavors (especially chocolate flavor).

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                    Dairy Joy
                    331 North Ave, Weston, MA 02493

            2. penny, i'm confused! is the wollaston beach clam box owned by the ipswich clam box people? if so, does anyone know if their clams are as good as ipswich? (If so, that could really be great news for few-day visitors.) Thanks much.

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              1. re: opinionatedchef

                Different owners according to:

                http://www.manta.com/c/mmjftxr/clam-b...

                http://www.manta.com/c/mm248tb/clam-box

                1. re: Chris VR

                  They are different, although the Quincy Clam Box and Tony's Clam shop (my slight preference) are decent options for visitors wanting to try full bellied clams. There are other options close to the city: Neptune & ICOB, Courthouse in Cambridge, Moulton's in Medford, Mike's Roast Beef in Everett (not certain how this is doing these days) just across the bridge from Assembly Square Somerville, Kelly's at Revere Beach.

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                  Mike's Roast Beef
                  127 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149

                  Tony's Clam Shop
                  861 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

                  Clam Box
                  789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

                  1. re: itaunas

                    maybe i'm the only one, but even after sampling the fried clams at ICOB and N.O.,nothing has come close to the epiphanies i've had at The Clam Box in Ipswich. As we only eat them once or twice a year, we take the pretty drive to gobble them up there.

                    http://www.ipswichma.com/clambox/inde...

                    1. re: opinionatedchef

                      I think the fried clams I had a couple of months ago at ICOB were some of the best I've ever had, including from Clam Box.

              2. Five Horses Tavern is looking to open mid summer. I don't know much about it other then they'll have 20+ craft beers on tap with more in bottle format and craft spirits but nothing too crazy. I think the owner used to mng Buks.

                1. Speed's opened today. http://bostonspeeddog.com/ I only know that because I was astonished to see that the Globe's article today on food trucks totally ignored Speed's for their list.