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Best fried clams between Chatham and Provincetown

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I'm sitting here on the outer Cape with a craving for fried clams. Any suggestions…?

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  1. There's a ton of places serving up tasty and crspy bivalves in that area. Chatham pier fish Market does a nice job, but it's not cheap and take out only. The Chatham Squire will fry them up. Sir Crickets is an oft mentioned favorite in Orleans. Further up in Eastham is both The Friendly Fisherman and Arnolds. Mac's Seafood and Mac's Shack in Welfleet. oh, and Moby Dicks, ....and......really no need to go to Ptown for your clam fix, unless you just want to visit PTown.

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    1. re: CapeCodGuy

      longgg ago I had fabulous fried clams at Liams..used to LOVE their onion rings but alas, don't eat that kind of food much these days..had friend clams at Frosty's last week. They were ok. I love the spot, it's been our family stop for years but the portions are small..CCG is not fond of Frostys...

    2. I have never found good fried clams in Provincetown, and I haven't tried Mac's in Wellfleet for the clams. Moby Dicks clams are serviceable, but I prefer The Friendly Fisherman and Arnolds, though Arnolds can be variable depending on how busy they are. Sir Crickets have really good clams as well, but they are takeout, primarily, since they only seat about a dozen people in the front of the shop. I haven't lately tried Chatham for clams.

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      Moby Dick's
      RR 6 Wellfleet MA, MA

      1. Just got back from The Friendly Fisherman. The whole belly clam roll (w/fries) was very good albeit a bit on the salty side. The thing that stood out to me was the $17.50 price. Yikes! The lobster roll was only 45¢ more.

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        1. re: skippy66

          Yeah, that's a bit pricey for a roll. You should be able to get a good plate for that.

          My favorite whole belly clam plate by a big margin is Marathon Seafood in West Dennis. Great value too at $14.99 including a mountain of thin onion rings, fries, and the crispiest tender clams to be found on the Cape.

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

          1. re: CapeCodGuy

            Do you think you get as many clams? I always feel like it *looks* like more on than huge mountain of fries/rings, but that the actual amount of seafood is not so much.

            1. re: Science Chick

              I know what you mean, as the mountain of fries and rings is so darn big. But, yes, I think there are as many clams as one gets almost anywhere. And keep in mind it's usually several dollars less than other places in the area, charging $13.99 to $15.99 at most when others are getting $16.99-$19.99.

          2. re: skippy66

            Funny, we usually think that items from FF need a little extra salt......guess they fixed that! They aren't necessarily cheap, but I always feel like they make up for it in portion size......