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Fried Clams

Bigley9 Aug 15, 2011 09:46 AM

I am looking for good fried clams - I've been reminiscing about summer vacations in New England - anyone know of somewhere that does them well, either sit down or take out?
I think there was a thread about this a couple of years ago but I'm not finding it and I am sure things have changed!

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    Chefpaulo Aug 15, 2011 04:07 PM

    I LOVED HoJo's Tendersweet Fried Clams - on the buttered split top roll, with fries, coleslaw and a vanilla ice cream soda. Heaven.

    I believe there are still two HoJo's in upstate New York or somewhere up yonder. Almost worth considering a drive up.

    As for around here, have you checked out Snockey's?

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      Bigley9 Aug 16, 2011 09:07 AM

      I live right around the corner from Snockey's but we no longer patronize them (non-food related pretty much)

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        Chefpaulo Aug 16, 2011 03:20 PM

        I'm curious. They've been in biz for 99 years. What troubled thee?

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          Bigley9 Aug 17, 2011 06:41 AM

          As I said, largely not food related. Their food is basic straight forward seafood. I had one situation where I was trying to satisfy an oyster po'boy craving and was getting take out to augment what I had at home. Even after talking to them about what I wanted and their agreeing they could accomodate me I got one fried oyster on a piece of white bread (I realize their oyster sandwich is on white bread.) Anyway then they were just really rude. But the larger issue as their neighbor is the back of their restaurant on Moyamensing Avenue - there are numerous days when the entire sidewalk is covered with flies from the goo that seeps from the dumpsters or when the dumpsters are overflowing. They just aren't good neighbors.

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      Bigley9 Aug 15, 2011 10:06 AM

      oops - I am in Queen Village so CC or S. Phila woukd be best but would travel for clams (hopefully not to New England)

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        Philly Ray Aug 15, 2011 10:27 AM

        I have never had them there, but you might want to try Ippolito's. They will cook just about anything they have in the store.

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          Bigley9 Aug 15, 2011 10:31 AM

          That's what I was thinking - I'm at Ippy's at least weekly but usually for fresh seafood.

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          crazyspice Aug 15, 2011 10:58 AM

          The Wellfleet Oyster Festival is in October. Oysters, Clams and Lobster. I plan to make the most of it!! However, if you find amazing fried clams in this area, I am very interested.

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            cwdonald Aug 15, 2011 12:30 PM

            Have had fried clams at Legal Seafood and they are pretty good. Also have had them at Oyster House in Philadelphia and they are quite good there.

            Family used to vacation in South Welfleat.. now there were great clams (and oysters... ) . (Hums those were the days... )

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              crazyspice Aug 15, 2011 02:10 PM

              Do these 2 locations prepare them with or without the belly?

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                Bashful3 Aug 15, 2011 07:05 PM

                Worth a phone call to check. Without whole belly clams, it's not worth the calories.
                I was surprised at our most recent visit to Cape Cod though--their fresh fish is
                so much better tasting than the fish we get in PHilly. Oyster House did have the
                whole belly clams--reputation to uphold. If it isn't great,they don'[t have it on the menu.

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                  crazyspice Aug 16, 2011 05:29 AM

                  I agree. I grew up in Maine eating fried clams. Off topic, last fall I had the most amazing fried oysters at 86 West. Perfectly cooked and juicy. I was really impressed.

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                    cwdonald Aug 16, 2011 08:57 AM

                    Both Legal Seafood and Oyster do serve whole belly fried clams. I have not had them at the airport here in Philadelphia, but at the KOP location they are standard on the menu (clam roll as well as a plate of fried clams.) If you search chowhound you will also find that LS is known for their whole belly clams as they are referenced on multiple boards including Boston, NY and Atlanta so I presume its a chain wide offering.

                    Last time I was at Oyster House and had them they were definitely whole belly. I do not know how often they are on the OH menu, but it is easy enough to check it online.

                  2. re: Bashful3
                    linfr21 Aug 18, 2011 12:01 AM

                    I have to say, I went to oyster house a month ago for a fried clam sandwich and it was very satisfying. I am not a huge clam snob, but these were great. Big, juicy bites, crunchy with the fried batter yet the right amount of tender and chew, and came out piping out. They really fill the sandwich full of the buggers and they were good. It is near Rittenhouse, so no traveling to new england needed :)

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            cook262 Aug 16, 2011 09:02 AM

            If you're up for a road trip to the Jersey Shore, Boulevard Clams in Surf City does the whole belly clams quite well. Haven't had them yet this year but am heading there tomorrow and looking forward to them this weekend.

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              FriedClamFanatic Aug 19, 2011 12:03 PM

              As one who grew up on Cape Cod, there is only one type of clam...WITH bellies! Legal does indeed do a good job with them as does Oyster. Sansome St has undergone ownersip changes since the last time i was there, but those are the only 2 places I have found in a 100 miles of Philly that serves them regularly

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                Bigley9 Aug 19, 2011 12:09 PM

                I was waiting for you to weigh in Fanatic!

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                  cliffh May 5, 2012 08:04 AM

                  Legal Seafood did do a good job with them, and I frequented them as the only place outside of NE that you could consistently get NE style whole belly fried clams at various locations over the last 20 or more years.

                  However...on my last visit (and likely to be my last) in March of this year (2012), that changed. My sister and her husband drove me the 1.5 hours up to KOP for my birthday, where we all ordered the fried clams. While they were still whole belly, what we got were some strange asian fusion version..panko/tempura style fried clams...nice and crispy, but a far cry from how they used to sell them, and from the NE style. It changes the taste quite a bit. I used their website to ask them if this was a chain-wide change or maybe just an aberration on the day by a new chef at KOP, but, being a chain, instead of an answer I got a form letter and a useless discount card (useless since the only reason I go to Legal is for the fried clams..if only because of distance, and I'm not likely to be making the trip anymore)...so, this is just to update your mention of Legal, since they seem to have tossed NE style clams under the bus in some strange desire to "modernize" their menu. Oh, and I had been there as recently as September 2011, and they were still fine then.

                  I'd also be happy to hear of any places south and west of philly that serve them...say between Newark DE and Lancaster PA, but I don't have much hope..^_^

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                    cwdonald May 5, 2012 03:02 PM

                    Only other place I can think of off the top of my head is Route 66 in CC. While it may not make you think you are in Welfleat, they are very good.

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                      FriedClamFanatic May 5, 2012 03:08 PM

                      I am so sorry to hear that!....I had them in Philly Airport on 15 April and they were as fine as ever, so maybe it was just an off night/chef abberration....somethings you just don't wanna mess with!

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                        cliffh May 5, 2012 04:35 PM

                        Glad to hear it. Maybe I will get some use from that discount card after all....

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                    60s Girl Aug 22, 2011 04:06 PM

                    One more suggestions: Standard Tap!! I love their fried clams. I am almost certain they are whole belly. Tender, tasty, crispy and not one speck of grease. They don't have them on the menu every day, so I'd place a call first to check.

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                      FriedClamFanatic Aug 23, 2011 01:13 PM

                      Um.as i start to salivate.where is Standard Tap?

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                        Bigley9 Aug 23, 2011 01:16 PM

                        Northern Liberties - 2nd and Poplar

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                          FriedClamFanatic Aug 23, 2011 01:21 PM

                          As you know me by now.............I was off on Goggogle checking it out in between the last post and this...but thanks!

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