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Fried clams in Falmouth?

I'll be at the Seacrest next week. Where are the best fried clams that are an easy drive from there?

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  1. The clam shack that's appropriately named "The Clam Shack" right on Falmouth Harbor.

    1. I took my own advice, and took my DW and her Mother to the Clam Shack at the end of Falmouth Harbor. Excellent fried food for all. Fish and Chips, Fried Shrimp Platter and I had a whole bellied Clam Roll. (all 3 for just $35 plus tax...awesome fair deal) The bellies could have been a bit bigger but they were crispy and non-greasy and tender. The fish (haddock I think) was a very generous portion. House made slaw was very good. Fries could have been crispier. But the best part of the experience is the setting at the end of a pier with picknic tables overlooking the mouth of Falmouth Harbor, the ocean beyond, and Martha's Vinyard in the distance. Actually, a nicer view than our beloved Sesuit Cafe (although far more limited menu)

      Highly recommended if the urge hits you in Falmouth.

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      1. re: CapeCodGuy

        Oh, thanks, and you've made me jealous. Because I was in Falmouth at a conference, my dinner time ended up not being my own, and I was swept away with a group to the (something Room? In Bourne? With a gift shop attached?) Not memorable, obviously; I had scallops that were nice and fresh but mediocre for lack of attention. What impressed me the most was the plaque about five feet up the wall showing the high tide mark during Hurricane Bob.

        Wish I had gone to the Clam Shack! Next time, for sure.

        On the upside, the clam chowder with bacon and chives at the Sea Crest Resort, where the conference was held, was really delicious. Worth stopping to get a cup from the outside take-out stand next to the pool at the resort.

        1. re: somervilleoldtimer

          Just a heads up..it seems many places sell Capt. Parker's Pub's clam chowder...I suspect he sells a base and the vendors add the dairy....even the hot dog stand at Hall Oil (Rt. 134 in Dennis sells the chowder). The best I ever had was at Bramble Inn in Brewster..years ago...that is when a lady named Maureen ran the place..she told me she used a base and added some special ingredients..

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          Bramble Inn & Restaurant
          Route 6A, Brewster, MA 02631

          1. re: somervilleoldtimer

            I'm thinking that the restaurant you visited was the Chart Room, in Pocasset (part of Bourne, I believe). It has a fun, outdoorsy vibe, but the food is variable, that's for sure.

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            Chart Room
            1 Shipyard Ln, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

              1. re: CapeCodGuy

                I will say the lobster bisque was pretty tasty, with little chunks of lobster, and my dining friend who got the stuffed lobster thought it was great. One problem is that I had been looking forward to a scampi with scallops and that wasn't on the menu so I had to settle for broiled scallops or however it was presented. It tasted a bit of dissappointment.
                On the clam chowder issue at the Sea Crest, I ran into the chef and mentioned to him how much I liked the chowder. He made a point of saying it was homemade, whatever that may mean at this point.

                1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                  It means he doesn't just add milk or cream to a premade base. To be honest, there's a lot more bad chowder served all over the Cape than good. People think Capt. Parker's is the pinnacle because of a few Chowder Festival wins, but that's a meaningless distinction. When I have to look real hard to see clams, and the chowder holds up a spoon, I know I've been served crummy flour thickened chowder. Glad you found a proper bowl!

        2. You've probably left the Cape by now, but for future reference, and for others, there is a hidden gem in East Falmouth called Green Pond Fish Market that has the best fired clams in the area. Big plump clams and light non-greasy breading. Other fried seafood is good too. There is no seating, so plan to carry them to the beach nearby. http://www.greenpondfish.com/index.htm

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          1. re: rouxmaker

            Fabulous! We will go back to the cape for sure, and this is great inofrmation.

            1. re: somervilleoldtimer

              I'd be hard pressed to find better clams than the Clam Shack right on Falmouth harbor overlooking the Vineyard.. Eat them right there on the dock. Good portions. Fair pricing. Excellent product. Can't really see how a take out fish market could improve on that.

          2. If I end up going to the same conference next year, I'll try both.

            1. While I can't comment on the fried clams....the Fish and Chips platter from Falmouth Fish Market to me is the best in town. My family (local 02536'rs) has been going here for years. Grab a platter and stuffed quaghog and head over to falmouth harbor (5 min ride) and enjoy a similar view to what CCG describes at 1/2 the price.

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              1. re: CapecodKid

                I'll have to try it. Plus, it must be dirt cheap because I found the prices very reasonable at The Clam Shack. The huge fish and chips platter with excellent slaw was $12 if I recall correctly, hardly a rip-off, but yes, I guess you could drive a couple of miles and look for somewhere to sit by the harbor and save $2. I know the clam roll with fries was only $11.99 (compared to $16.99 at Cooke's with half the clams and NO fries). I'm not sure they would like anyone sitting at their picnic tables at the end of the pier at the mouth of the harbor with someone else's food, so I really don't see how you can get the same view as CCK claims.