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shaebones Sep 21, 2011 11:24 PM

Where do I get the BEST in the Boston/Cambridge area. Willing to go to N. Shore if I must.

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    treb Sep 22, 2011 06:16 AM

    I'd make the trek to Ipswich and go to The Clam Box.

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    Clam Box
    789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

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      Splendid Spatula Sep 22, 2011 09:41 AM

      Made it to Farnham's in Essex a couple of weeks ago - terrific big clams, perfectly fried. And that chowder, it is worth the trip on its own. I live in Cambridge, and can't think of anywhere here that I'd go for either of those items.

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      1. re: Splendid Spatula
        viperlush Sep 22, 2011 09:49 AM

        Have you tried Court House Seafood?

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        Court House Seafood Restaurant
        498 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

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          shaebones Sep 22, 2011 10:37 AM

          I had clams @ Farnhams a few weeks ago. Very disappointing. Small and over cooked. :(

        2. Small Plates Sep 22, 2011 10:54 AM

          The Choate Bridge Pub in Ipwich has delicious clams on par with (if not better than) those at the Clam Box - minus the wait, plus the free popcorn and very cold beer! :) And note that the appetizer portion is ENORMOUS!

          http://choatebridgepub.com/index.php?...

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          Choate Bridge Pub
          3 S Main St, Ipswich, MA

          1. opinionatedchef Sep 22, 2011 11:29 AM

            very active topic on CH. These very recent threads:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/713535
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/802497

            1. Dave MP Sep 26, 2011 09:05 AM

              I went to the Clam Box in Wollaston Beach (Quincy) earlier this summer, and I thought they were excellent. Fried scallops were great too. I am not sure if this place is related to the location in Ipswich, despite the same name.

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              Clam Box
              789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

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                Allstonian Sep 26, 2011 09:51 AM

                No relation at all.

                BTW, Boston Deals (the one run by boston.com) is offering a $10 coupon for $5 at the Wollaston Clam Box through Thursday 9/29.

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                Clam Box
                789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

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                  Dave MP Sep 26, 2011 10:17 AM

                  Cool, just got one! Thanks for the tip!

                  Dave MP

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                  DrMag Sep 28, 2011 07:32 PM

                  My mom is from Quincy and we always make a point of stopping at the Clam Box when we're visiting down that way. Love their fried clams.

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                  Clam Box
                  789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

                3. yumyum Sep 26, 2011 10:26 AM

                  Shae -- the best clams I've had recently were at Neptune! I admit I love the whole North shore experience but if you want something very local, these big bellied guys were just about perfect.

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                    chuck s Sep 26, 2011 04:29 PM

                    Always nice to hear Yumyum's take on fried clams. May I add the ones at Island Creek Oyster Bar?

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

                  2. L2k Sep 27, 2011 12:24 PM

                    Belle Isle has good clams, but I only got them once since the lobster roll is SO outstanding.

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