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Aug 12, 2011 12:13 PM

Fried Clams in Montreal

Where is the best place to get fried clams in Montreal, otherwise has anybody ever found Ipswich clams in Montreal and if yes where? If I can't find em, I'll make em!!!!

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  1. there is no best place. i believe the place on top of grumpy's has fried clams but i've never heard anything good about that place. you should go to maine.

    1. It's amazing what you can't find here in Montreal. You'd think in a city like ours, you'd find one or two (or more) joints that sell regular or full belly fried clams, as are popular in New England. I sure hope somebody knows of such a place here because I'm getting pretty fed up of the amount of simple yet tasty foods that seem impossible to find here in Montreal. How about a crab shack? Boiled crawdads? You'd think Louisiana food would be a natural fit here, but I know of only one place of marginal repute that sells stuff like this.

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      1. re: Haggisboy

        montreal couldn't be any further culturally from new orleans and louisiana

        1. re: celfie

          Well to be technical... new orleans was part of canada wayyyyyy back when

          1. re: celfie

            So what, Celfie? Of course Montreal is "culturally" far away from New Orleans and Louisiana. That sounds so elitist!
            Why should that stop Montreal from reaching outside of it's "boundaries" and embracing other food cultures? Why not have Maine come to us? We are so close to great seafood, wouldn't be much of a stretch...

            1. re: westisbest23

              montreal is ethnically and culturally diverse already. maybe if the maine diaspora emigrated to montreal we'd have wooden clam shacks everywhere

              1. re: celfie

                oh celfie, that was so funny!!!

                1. re: celfie

                  Hahaha "the maine diaspora"

                  @ kpaxonite: Canada? It was another French colony. That's like saying Alaska was once part of the USSR.

                    1. re: kpaxonite

                      What year was the Treaty of Utretch? What year was Confederation? Oh yeah. Over a century apart.

          2. Icehouse has a fried clams poboy on their menu, but I have't tried it yet...

            1. The best fried clams I've had are at the Oyster Shack on Bishop. They're different from the generic frozen clam strips that you get most places (like Peters Cape Cod). I'd like to say they're home made, but I'm not that confident (they're not belly clams).
              Ipswich clams, I assume you mean soft shell, or steamers? NEVER saw them in Montreal. They sometimes have them in Plattsburg or Burlington, but the prices have gone up considerably in the past few years (almost $20 for a small 2lb bag).

              Edit: I think celfie's rec of "on top of grumpy's" is the Oyster Shack. Don't get fooled by the name - they do have oysters, but its not a shack-type of place. Their clam chowder fries are plenty good.

              Oyster Shack
              1242 Rue Bishop, Montreal, QC H3G2E3, CA

              1. ok, so it's the big fat sweet yet salty belly clams you get in the ipswich area like all over the place, here, zilch, nada. I ordered once some fried clams at La Salle a Manger and was really disapointed. Plus the place is a little high strung to go just for clams, I am not into the whole shebang tonight, just want to get me a nice snack going on. So FYI, I saw some some steamer at La Mer on Rene Levesque, they had the geoduck like black «thing» sticking out of them. The guy told me there were not shuckable so I bouth some hard little necks and will try to shock them into opening and see what I can work with after that to make home made fried clams...sigh. I wanted this to be so much easier that it is turning out to me.... time for a gin and tonic (Q tonic)