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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..

          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.

            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.

              2. Man I'm shocked at the prices your quoting for the clam shack. I recall their prices being super high years ago. (think Mcmenemy's high)

                I'll be down this weekend and will stop by for a sample.

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                1. re: CapecodKid

                  I'm going by memory from three or so weeks ago, but I'd be shocked if I'm off by more than $1 or so. (Of course this old mind ain't as sharp as it used to be!)

                  Report back on your findings. I'd be interested. Hope you find it as good as we did.

                  1. re: CapeCodGuy

                    By the way, CCG, I told someone headed toward Falmouth for a week about the Clam Shack and he was happy for the recommendation. Thanks.

                  2. re: CapecodKid

                    I'm not the clam eater in the family, but my SO says that the fried clams at Paul's are very good. The place is a classic, impossible to find unless you know where you're going (no signage), good, greasy, bar-style pizza, bright lighting, low prices. It's worth a shot, for cheap eats.

                    1. re: winedude

                      Do tell. Paul's sound like a chow-worthy find. Where abouts?

                      1. re: CapeCodGuy

                        Pauls is directly behind Dairy Queen, however, the parking lot is off of Falmouth Heights Road, about 1/2 mile from Clam Shack. Pauls is a local institution that serves bar style pizza. (think Town Spa Stoughton or Lynwood Randolph) I can't begin to put a number on the amount of pizza my family has consumed from Pauls. In a twist...whats really excellent on the special board is a clam boil for one. Done in the cape/portuguese style with wonderful seasoning and even a piece or two of linguica. Very chow worthy....expect a LONG wait for Pizza in the summer!

                        Lynwood Cafe
                        320 Center St, Randolph, MA 02368

                        1. re: CapecodKid

                          Thanks for the Paul's tip, however people should be informed that they only open at 4PM......arrrrgh! So, no lunch wicked good bar pizza today.

                          As an alternative, I decided to hit the Clam Shack instead.

                          OMIGOD, what a difference a couple of weeks make. The clam roll was still terrific and the portion generous. But they raised ALL of their prices across the board by $2-$4!!! Fish and Chips which was $12 is now $14.75. My clam roll which came with fries two weeks ago for $11.75 is now $14.50 with no fries. A clam plate is a whopping $20.50. The view is still wonderful and the quality good, but it is no longer the value it was a few short weeks ago. Don't you hate that?

                          1. re: CapeCodGuy

                            So typcial.....Boat House does the same thing w/ the lobster special. They either run in mid week or duringthe shoulder seasons.

                            CCG, if you have a LARGE group head to the italian restaurant directly across from Dairy Queen in the hotel. Name is escaping me. It used to be on main street but moved down the road a bit. Ambiance is sorely lacking in the new spot. However the food is spot on and the prices fair for what you get.

                            Ps. I'm pretty sure Pauls is also closed maybe Mondays or Tues. (that could be just winter rules)

                            1. re: CapecodKid

                              Villa Vecchioni. (sp?) I went there once when they were in the current location of Anejo.

                              1. re: CapeCodGuy

                                Cafe Villagio is now called Landuchi. and its across the street from Dairy Queen at The Falmouth Inn. Quirky ambience- white linen meets Motel Six. The real deal is in the off season - a salad, main course, a glass of wine and a basket of bread with dipping oil is 10.99-13.99. Pretty good food for the price!

                                Falmouth Inn
                                824 Main St, Falmouth, MA 02540

                                1. re: CapeCodGuy

                                  The Villa was in Hyannis, near the Main Street / South Street fork.

                                  Main Street Cafe
                                  345 Main St, Great Barrington, MA 01230

                    2. Paul's is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

                      Also - if you are looking for a great stuffed quahog, then you must go the Green Pond (mentioned earlier). The one on Rt. 28.