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Aug 18, 2011 10:17 AM

Excellent Fried Clams?

Hello Hounds!

Any suggestions for really good fried clams in the city these days? I am in town from the west coast where we don't have fried clams so I need a fix & don't want to settle! I really enjoyed B&G Oysters a couple years ago & will go there again but I thought it was best to check in with the pro's first. Suggestions do not have to be fancy sit down places like B&G but just good, clean big bellied clams fried to perfection! Thanks in advance!

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  1. Neptune Oyster has the best, IMHO. Always perfectly sweet and delicious. Great homemade tarter sauce too.

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

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    1. re: purple bot

      Ditto Neptune Oyster. Best frie clam option within Boston

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

      1. re: Albie

        several chinese restaurants make great clams with black bean sauce; I get mine at East Ocean Seafood.

        East Ocean Restaurant
        3704 Washington St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

        1. re: cambridgedoctpr

          But those aren't fried clams, which are what the OP specifically requested.

          1. re: Allstonian

            true, but the OP might want to expand his options

            1. re: cambridgedoctpr

              Given that clams with black bean sauce and clams with rice vermicelli and all those other great cantonese dishes we have are available on the West Coast and NY and Toronto and... I am guessing in asking for NE fried clams the LA(?) based OP was looking for NE fried clams. :-) Other soft shell preps and quahogs are certainly to unique around here if you want to expand the options.

    2. Morse Seafood in the South End for cheap okay ones. Union next door had good ones as an appetizer, not sure if they're still on the menu.

      1. Not in the city, but I have to give a shout out for Tony's Clam Shop on Wollaston Beach. I restrict myself to fried clams every other summer, and these were just as good as the ones I had there 2 summers ago. Huge bellies, sweet, not sandy, not greasy.

        Tony's Clam Shop
        861 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

        1. I know it sounds weird, but the Pleasant Cafe in Roslindale has a great fried clam plate at a great price ($20)....go figure!

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          1. re: devilham

            No joke! Pleasant Cafe has great fried seafood AND great pizza!

          2. Second Neptune, but it's easier to get a seat at Island Creek Oyster Bar these days, which also has excellent fried clams, albeit hardly cheap.

            Morse Fish is an excellent budget suggestion: fresh, well-prepared, easy on the wallet. The trade-off there is fluorescent lighting, laminate booths, styrofoam trays, no alcohol, and an early closing time (8pm except Friday, 9pm). I recommend ordering them standalone, as the sides here are pretty weak, like frozen crinkle-cut fries.

            The Kelly's Roast Beef in Allston has that awful fast-food-joint atmosphere, but their fried clams are actually quite good.


            Island Creek Oyster Bar
            500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Agree on Kelly's. Funny...they have a lot of surprisingly good things on that me the Roast Beef sandwiches are their biggest weakness. Those clams are really surprisingly good.

              1. re: BlueMagic

                Havent' loved the clams at kellys. The bellies are always too small. The scallops on the other hand, have been perfect. The reuben is also surprisingly good.

              2. re: MC Slim JB

                In my opinion, the Kelly's in Allston is not nearly as good as the other Kelly's locations - the fried fish has tasted like old fry oil the 2 times I've tried it.

                1. re: mmocpi

                  I stopped getting Kelley's fried clams at the original (on Revere Beach) a few yrs ago for the same reason - never failed I'd get sick from the old-grease taste. Maybe it's not the same now?

                  1. re: threedogs

                    I went to the one in Peabody a few weeks ago..the person I was with ordered the fried clams ( I actually never order fried clams for myself..I like clams but in very small amounts..) I had a few and they were good...not too greasy or heavy...maybe they are better about cleaning the oil in Peabody? I hate that old oil taste and have sent things back because of it. No one should be forced to eat lousy fried food.

                    1. re: BlueMagic

                      That's good to know. Like I said, it's been a few years that I went (or stopped going) to Kelly's on Revere Beach. They may have improved.

                      1. re: BlueMagic

                        Not to nit-pick, but I think you mean Danvers not Peabody.

                        1. re: hhookk

                 are absolutely right..sorry for the error...I never know where the line is between Danvers and Peabody in that area..but yes..this one is Danvers.

                          1. re: BlueMagic

                            Yeah, it's confusing around there. I grew up in Danvers and I still don't know where the line actually is. I'm pretty sure Sylvan St. Grille is in Peabody so the line must be somewhere in between since they are so close.

                            I live in Saugus now and I have to say recently the clams at the Saugus location are hit and miss. Had some that were overcooked and hard recently but also had some that were perfectly cooked, plump and juicy. I guess that's what you get when you hire high school kids part time to cook.