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May 3, 2011 08:08 AM

Seafood Shacks/Fried Clams vaguely near Cape Cod?

Hi all,

My in-laws are visiting from France, and are driving from Boston to New York, with a stay in Rehoboth, MA along the way. They love seafood, and might dip into Cape Cod, especially if there's a great meal along the way.

This thread looked really helpful
But is (scarily) more than a decade old, so I have no idea if those places are still good options.

They're doing this this weekend, which I also assume is off-season for a lot of places. Any suggestions for must-hit seafood places along the way would be very welcome!

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  1. Here's a more recent thread that should help.

    For my money, the best fried clams on the Cape are at Marathon in Dennisport. Sesuit Cafe at the harbor in East Dennis wins second place for it's outdoor setting on the jetty. Cooke's in Hyannis would be my third, and most expensive choice. There are other worthy choices down Cape but they would be a farther drive.

    BTW, most places are open now for the season as are all of my mentions. Enjoy!

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    1. re: CapeCodGuy

      went to Marathon Seafood for clams a couple of weeks ago based on your recommendation.
      hard to say for me about best but they were good. usually go to cooke's once a summer. might make it back to Marathon Seafood before summer is over. have to watch my fried food intact as it sits very heavy in my stomach.

      Marathon Seafood Restaurant
      231 Main St, West Dennis, MA 02670

      1. re: chauncy19

        Glad you enjoyed them. What makes them special to me is their unique coating. It gives them a little extra "crunch" that all others lack. I can't for the life of me figure out what the secret ingrediant is, and they won't tell me! It also doesn't hurt that I can ask for, and receive, big bellies.

        1. re: CapeCodGuy

          yes they asked me if i wanted big bellies or not. awesome--never had anyone ask me before they just gave you what they had. I've been eating fried clams for many years too and never got that question before. one of the reasons i will be back.

    2. If they don't want to go all the way to the Cape, they might want to drive down Rtes 24 and 99 to the Back Eddy in Westport. It's more expensive then your typical seafood shack, but it's right on Westport Harbor, the sunsets are unreal, and the food is the real deal. The fried clams are worth the cholesterol points!

      Back Eddy
      1 Bridge Rd, Westport, MA 02790

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      1. re: Bob W

        Good point. Actually, even more on their route to NYC would be Abbotts in Noank, CT. where they would find a quintessential waterfront New England style lobster/clam shack with outside dining. (No fried food though! For fried clams they can hit Costello's just down the pier from Abbott's)

        here's a link:

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