have a craving for some. Anywhere decent in the metro and please don't say the restaurant at minnehana falls.
I presume you are referring to the New England treat of fried clams with bellies and not fried clam strips (blech). If so, the only place I have had fried clams with the bellies was at Sea Salt in 2009. It was a weekend special. I went on a Saturday and went back on Sunday hoping they had more and they were sold out. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/622036 Some seafood restaurants, like Blue Point, will make them to order (not with soft shell clams), but I have yet to find them with the bellies on a menu here. I have resorted to indulging during trips to New England or ordering steamers from Coastal Seafoods and have a clam feast at home. My fingers are crossed that there may be a place I am unaware of.
74 Snelling Ave S, St Paul, MN 55105
Blue Point Restaurant & Bar
739 East Lake Street, Wayzata, MN 55391
Wow. Can you really order steamers from Coastal?! Also has anyone ordered other things from there that they usually don't have? In particular, I know the lobster roll food truck buys their lobsters cooked and deshelled from Coastal. Can regular people buy them, too? Thanks!
Darn, now I'm seriously craving good fried clams.
Yes, we've order steamers from Coastal. Availability varies. I'd also order a little more than you want since they are so fragile and some are cracked.
I'm not sure about cooked and deshelled lobsters, but we do buy live lobster from Coastal to make our own lobster rolls.
I grew up in New England and can't eat fried clams anywhere but on the beach. We used to get them in pint- and quart-sized containers, best thing ever. And they used to be cheap.
Plus, I never see clams on menus here. Oysters are another matter, and I have to say, the fried oysters at Sea Salt are great. I've never tried them in any other local venues.
It's been a few years since I've had them, but the ones at The Tin Fish were pretty good. Serving size seemed a little light, but it may be a fair amount for the price.
The Tin Fish
3000 E Calhoun Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55408