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Big belly fried clams

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.

    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?

        Court House Seafood Restaurant
        498 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

        1. re: Splendid Spatula
          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!


          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:


            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.

              Clam Box
              789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

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              1. re: Dave MP
                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.

                Clam Box
                789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

                1. re: Allstonian
                  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.

                  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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                  1. re: yumyum
                    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?

                    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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