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Recommendations for good whole belly fried clams near Asbury Park, please.

I'll be traveling up to Asbury Park, NJ from Virginia in September for a friend's wedding. I've always wanted to try good whole belly fried clams and would love recommendations about where to go. From the little research I've done, all I know is that I do NOT want Biggie's Clam Bar. Thanks for your attention!

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  1. I have no idea what whole belly clams are...but my favorite clams strips in the area is at Jack's in Long Branch.

    1. Unfortunately I think that is a new england phenom. I know exactly what you are talking about.

      1. I wish I could make a suggestion, but I'm chiming in just to say they're not just a New England thing. I'm going to check w/a friend who's an 'expert' on them, but I know he's had them in NJ, NY, and specifically, at Bigelow's on Long Island. He still dreams about those.

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        1. re: Curlz

          I know they are not just New England. I am pretty sure though, that the whole bellies can't be frozen so you only get them in proximity to the shore or for more $$$ elsewhere.

          1. re: calliope_nh

            They have them on the menu at Mr. Shrimp in Belmar. That's the only place I know of in NJ to get them.

            1. re: bbf76

              When you order them at Mr Shrimp, are they the ones on the Appetizer menu? They are just listed as Ipswich Clams and the method of preparation is not indicated. The only other place I see them is as part of the Fried Combo.

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              Mr Shrimp
              1600 State Route 71 Ste 1, Belmar, NJ 07719

              1. re: equal_Mark

                It's listed on their dine in menu as the Ipswich Clam Dinner under the Seafood Dinner section.

                http://www.mrshrimp.com/MS/Menus.asp?...

                Lightly fried, very good and served with sides as described here:

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/797325

                For some reason my earlier Mr. Shrimp post today along with Tom's link to more info on Ipswich clams were deleted by the mods.

        2. Rooney's in Long Branch has whole belly fried clams and they are delicious!!! Right on the water so you'll have a gorgeous view as well.

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