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Jul 18, 2011 05:04 AM

Need clam shack recs on the Cape

I have searched the archives but most of the info is for places on the North Shore... we are in Harwich and would like something less factory-like than Arnolds these days. Any good, small-ish, low key clam shacks left?

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  1. I love PJs in Wellfleet. Been around for years. Awesome food. Might hit it for lunch (on vaca for two weeks.)

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    1. re: StriperGuy

      Just had lunch there- awesome giant stuffed clam with linguica and, duh, clams. Chowder is a bit thinner than I like but delicious. Much better onions rings than Arnold's, IMHO. Rather a tiny lobster role this year. I am allergic so can only comment on the size of the roll- it was about 3/4 of an average New England hot dog roll but people were scarfing them up. We ate in the dining room which is self service and the lines don't seem to be as long.

      1. re: Berheenia

        Just to report back on the PJs lobster roll. $13.99 for a regular and $23.99 for a jumbo. Honestly both had excellent amounts of lobster for the value. There was a GENEROUS amount of meat.

        Only quibble a little plain. Just lobster with a smidge of mayo. I do like a bit of celery, maybe some celery salt or even a tiny bit of minced onion. This was JUST lobster, but the amount of meat for yer buck was more than acceptable.

    2. There's always Kreme & Kone in West Dennis as well.

        1. re: BostonZest

          Yes, any Cape discussions on clams will be found on the Southern New England board, not here. Penny's link is a good discussion and place to start.

        2. Friendly Fisherman in N. Eastham. I also like PJs alot too. Smaller portions than FF, but very high quality. Don't like sitting there though......too close to the road! :(

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          1. re: Science Chick

            Hmmm, have to give FF a whirl some time.

            1. re: StriperGuy

              If you do go, give their HUGE fisherman's platter a try. So big it feeds two or three and you'll get a mountain of fried cod or haddock, whole belly clams, some clam strips, calamari, shrimp, and scallops. Plus fries and onion rings. Last season it was $33.99, fed both me and my brother, plus he had enough left over for lunch the next day. It's about the same price as two clam rolls.

            2. re: Science Chick

              You need to sit in the dining room in back. Same food self service but much nicer and doesn't face Rte 6.

              1. re: Berheenia

                Yeah, inside is ok, but I love sitting outside in the least FF is well off the road and has some ambience. Sesuit Cafe has them all beat though, regarding the view! I need to head back there this year.......

            3. Captain Frosty's in Dennis, based on a very recent visit. Feels like a time capsule from 1955, very good fried clams.


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              1. re: MC Slim JB

                I first went there in 1974 on my honeymoon. We try go back there when we are in the area and it has stood the test of time. :-)

                1. re: veggielover

                  Good nostalgia always trumps crummy value and general mediocrity.

                  1. re: CapeCodGuy

                    Ha! Well said, CCG. I should embroider that on a you mind if I steal it?

                    1. re: ciclista

                      Feel Free Ciclista! Heck, you can print up t-shirts if you want to! :-)

                    2. re: CapeCodGuy

                      I had a great lobster roll there a few years ago, much better than the one I had a few weeks ago at Mac's Shack. :-)

                      1. re: veggielover

                        Even a blind squirrel stumbles onto a nut now and again....