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Apr 29, 2011 09:17 AM


Specifically I'm in search of; fried other than catfish(flounder, cod, etc.), oysters / clams on the half shell.
I am a "repositioned" New Englander. Many thanks

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  1. I can tell you right now that you'll be unsatisfied with the fried fish here. Yes, we can get flounder from the gulf, but there's no cod within the area. If you're interested, we can offer you fried shrimp, but that's not what you're asking for.
    As for half-shell oysters, I would point you to either Perla's on S. Congress or Parkside on 6th. Both have fresh oysters that are shipped in from the coasts. Fresh clams? No idea.

    1. I agree with gilintx, but I think you should check out Quality Seafood. They have fried clams, and although I haven't tried them yet, the people next to us last time were raving about them. They also have fried cod - again, no personal experience - you should search for TAF's thread on fish and chips, there might be a review in there. They do a Saturday special of a whole steamed Maine lobster for $18.00, the oysters are fresh, cold and properly shucked, and it has the feel of a seafood shack.

      1. as a former bostonian, i agree with these two posts.
        clams are very hard to find here, but quality seafood will have them.

        1. in addition to Quality, try Capt Benny's. I don't see clams on the menu, but yummy well-priced half-shell oysters, fried flounder, snapper, tilapia, scallops.

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          1. re: NirvRush

            Many thanks for your freedback! I shall make a trip to Quality Seafood...

            1. re: NirvRush

              Terrible food at Capt. Benny's

              1. re: SLadd

                I don't know that I would go that far, but the last time we ate there nobody was really impressed and some mentioned that we should have gone to Pacific Star instead.

            2. As mentioned above, I think Perla's and Parkside are good choices for oysters. Pricey, but good. I think Perla's is the most like a New England seafood place in town. In addition, if you're near the Northwest area, you might try Pacific Star. More of an inexpensive, hole in the wall type place.


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              1. re: ssouth

                Many thanks to all. I am in the Northwest and will visit Pacific Star.

                1. re: qbdave

                  pacific star has more of a cajun slant, but it is definitely an inexpensive hole in the wall place.

                  1. re: dinaofdoom

                    And WAY better than Capt Benny's IMHO.

                    1. re: danny_w

                      never been to capt benny's, but after reading their menu it sounds similar.

                      1. re: dinaofdoom

                        It is similar and I like both places. I think that Captain Benny's is a funky / fun place to go. It's a boat with a deck and the oyster bar is at an angle like a ramp suggesting a shipwreck. We've been twice for a late Saturday afternoon snack of oysters and beer and had a blast both times.