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

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

    Clam Box
    789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

    1. 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

        Have you tried Court House Seafood?

        Court House Seafood Restaurant
        498 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

        1. re: Splendid Spatula

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

        2. 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. very active topic on CH. These very recent threads:


            1. 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

                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

                  Cool, just got one! Thanks for the tip!

                  Dave MP

                2. re: Dave MP

                  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. 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

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