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Jul 9, 2011 04:50 AM

Essex Seafood-Great Meal.

Stopped in last Saturday after sitting on Singing Beach The wait was long but it paid off. Four of us shared steamers, lobster rolls, and fried clams. The clams, steamed and fried, were delicious, sweet and tender. And the lobster rolls were also very good.

Ended the meal with cream pies at the Agawam Diner.

Agawam Diner
166 Newburyport Tpke, Rowley, MA

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  1. We love Essex Seafood. I get clams there every time - they're always great. It's our place to stop after Wingaersheek.

    Essex Seafood
    143 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA 01929

    1. Stopped in here today for the first time for an early lunch on the way to Rockport. Even when we left at 12:15 the place was pretty empty.

      We had fried clams and a lobster roll. Fried clams were pretty good, although I liked the ones I had at Farnham's last summer more. These were just a little bit on the greasy side, bellies were mostly on the smaller end, but the fry job and batter seemed decent. Came with fries and onion rings, I was not a big fan of the onion rings, but I find onion rings to be grease bombs almost everywhere.

      The lobster roll was also pretty good, although again, nothing outstanding. The lobster was tasty, not too much mayo, I don't think there was any celery in it. We were told by the cashier that it had 1/4 pound of lobster meat. I'm not sure if the bun was grilled, but I don't think it was. $20 for a clam plate and $18 for a lobster roll, so it's not exactly inexpensive. Next time I'm up this way I plan to check out the Clam Box.

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      1. re: nickls

        I'll be interested to hear your take on The Clam Box. I have had such perfect fried clams there that I can't imagine better ( compared to those at Woodman's, Isl Crk OysterBar and Neptune Oyster.)

        Neptune Oyster
        63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

        Clam Box of Ipswich
        206 High St, Ipswich, MA 01938

        1. re: opinionatedchef

          I like the clams at the Clam Box the best in the area but Essex Seafood is right up there. Plus there is usually a much shorter wait and they also serve steamers and lobster. Something the Clam Box does not.

          I was with friends yesterday who are Woodman's fans. i finally got them to agree to go to the Clam Box but the timing was not right. There was a long line and it was just before they change their oil. So we ended up at Woodman's. I had steamers which were good, but the fried clams did not compare to the ones i had at Essex last weekend.

          Essex Seafood
          143 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA 01929

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        1. I was at Essex Seafood yesterday and wow- fell in love with their clam chowder! The lobster roll was basic and the fries tasted a hint of freezer yet I greedily gobbled it all up. I was allowed only a few spoonfuls of chowder my 4 y/o devoured. I will come back here often just for the chowder. I want their recipe! Love that it's less crowded. And despite my failed efforts to land a striped bass on the beach, I was able to (a couple weeks ago) buy some filets there.
          Will try the fried clams next. I have been a fan of Woodman's. Now the only advantage they have is ice cream and a Dunks next door for iced tea.

          Essex Seafood
          143 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA 01929