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

ILoveBacon Aug 22, 2011 01:25 PM

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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    joonjoon RE: ILoveBacon Aug 22, 2011 01:29 PM

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

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      Spaetzle75 RE: ILoveBacon Aug 22, 2011 01:58 PM

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

      1. Curlz RE: ILoveBacon Aug 22, 2011 05:09 PM

        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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          calliope_nh RE: Curlz Aug 22, 2011 05:53 PM

          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.

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            bbf76 RE: calliope_nh Aug 22, 2011 06:07 PM

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

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              equal_Mark RE: bbf76 Aug 23, 2011 06:54 AM

              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.

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

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                Foody4life RE: equal_Mark Aug 23, 2011 07:03 AM

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


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


                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. Njchicaa RE: ILoveBacon Aug 22, 2011 06:19 PM

          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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            OGguy RE: ILoveBacon Aug 23, 2011 05:36 AM

            Jody's on Route 35 in Neptune might also have them.....worth a call because it's closer to AP than Belmar, but other than a few stools Jody's is a takeout place (and an excellent fish market)

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              Picnicchef RE: ILoveBacon Aug 23, 2011 05:58 AM

              They also go by the name Ipswich. perhaps you will have better luck with that.

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                joonjoon RE: ILoveBacon Aug 23, 2011 08:38 AM

                Can someone explain what a "whole belly fried clam" is?

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                  Sdenred RE: joonjoon Aug 23, 2011 10:24 AM

                  They are softshell clams rather than the more common little neck or quahog. The shells are actually kind of brittle and they're called Ipswich clams, piss clams, and other names. I prefer them steamed myself.

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                    equal_Mark RE: Sdenred Aug 23, 2011 10:31 AM

                    How are they as far as the sand factor is concerned? One reason I prefer mussels is that they almost never contain any sand.

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                      Sdenred RE: equal_Mark Aug 24, 2011 10:38 AM

                      They do tend to be sandy.

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                    bgut1 RE: joonjoon Aug 23, 2011 12:07 PM

                    Per Wikipedia: "They can be "clam strips" (sliced parts of hard-shell clams) or "clams with bellies" (whole soft-shell clams). Clams with bellies have the clam's gastrointestinal tract left intact and impart a fuller flavor. However, some restaurants remove the clam's chewy siphon, called the neck."

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                    ILoveBacon RE: ILoveBacon Aug 24, 2011 07:25 AM

                    Mr. Shrimp sounds like the best option for me. Thanks so much for all the input!

                    1. Curlz RE: ILoveBacon Aug 26, 2011 05:10 PM

                      One other rec in Asbury Park if you're going to be in the area (although I can't promise whole belly clams)...Taka is a terrific Japanese and sushi restaurant. And like many places in NJ, it's BYO!

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