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Fried Clams in the Winter?

gltsoi Dec 7, 2011 05:48 AM

I've always thought of fried clams as quintessential summer fare, but I have a friend visiting and he has requested fried clams.

I assume there is a season for clams. It is not worth having in the winter? Should we make the trek up to Ipswich for the Clam Box?


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  1. Bob Dobalina RE: gltsoi Dec 7, 2011 05:50 AM

    Check with Highland Kitchen - they were running an app special a couple of weeks ago of fried clams that were top notch.

    And of course, the usual purveyors will have them too - Neptune, etc. -

    For a trip from the sublime to the ridiculous, stop by the Haymarket and eat fresh shucked cherrystones from the clam guy - half dozen for $5 - then overpay at Neptune for some out of the fryer. ;)

    1. BostonZest RE: gltsoi Dec 7, 2011 05:56 AM

      Both Neptune Oyster and Island Creek Oyster Bar have fried clams on their menus. They are not hugh portions but they are very good.

      And in a post about Kelly's Roast Beef closing their Allston location, someone mentioned fried seafood so I just check the menu and they have fried clams. I've never tried them but perhaps someone here can tell you more.


      Neptune Oyster
      63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

      Kelly's Roast Beef
      35 Revere Beach Pkwy, Medford, MA 02155

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

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        chickendhansak RE: BostonZest Dec 7, 2011 06:12 AM

        At Station Landing I have had pretty nice fried seafood (not a million miles from Clam Box standard) but the Allston location's was nasty the one time I tried it there.

      2. CocoDan RE: gltsoi Dec 7, 2011 05:59 AM

        I pretty sure "Grumpy White's" in Quincy has them all year. I'd call them. Not a far drive out of
        Boston. 15 minutes with no traffic. They are quite good. Also, I think "Burke's Seafood", in Norfolk Downs/N. Quincy, Billings Road, has them. Give a call. Not a long walk from N. Quincy "T".

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          emannths RE: gltsoi Dec 7, 2011 06:00 AM

          I always assumed the reason fried clam places closed during the winter is because most of the have little indoor seating and are located near beaches and other summer spots. Do they not dig steamers in the winter?

          Anyway, you might want to try the clams from Fresh Pond Fish. They have been well-received here (a search will turn up a few mentions), and you'll save a trip to Ipswich.

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            gourmaniac RE: emannths Dec 7, 2011 06:03 AM

            second the Fresh Pond Fish idea. Not as far as the north shore,not as expensive as Neptune. The lunch fried clam special at $12.99 is a deal.

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              CocoDan RE: emannths Dec 7, 2011 06:22 AM

              Yes, they do dig steamers in the Winter. I see them in Quincy flats all year long. Not an easy task. I love steamers. Not many places serve them in the Winter.

            2. Locutus RE: gltsoi Dec 7, 2011 06:20 AM

              Mikes roast beef in Everett has the best fried clams anywhere in Mass.
              Celebrity Pizza in Watertown has the second best

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                collie RE: gltsoi Dec 7, 2011 06:50 AM

                The Clam box in ipswich is closed until mid Feb, Essex Seafood and the Choate Bridge pub are both serving local clams all winter.

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                  treb RE: gltsoi Dec 7, 2011 07:13 AM

                  Clam Box is closed till March, maybe The Village in Essex with inside dining would do.

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                    opinionatedchef RE: treb Dec 7, 2011 11:36 PM

                    If you were looking for 2nd best to Clam Box in Ipswich(my personal fav),i would not recommend The Village for fried clams. just sayin. I had them last year; ICOB and Neptune much better.

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                    Tonality666 RE: gltsoi Dec 7, 2011 09:00 AM

                    Courthouse Seafood Restaurant in Cambridge satisfies my winter fried clam urges.

                    1. L2k RE: gltsoi Dec 7, 2011 09:11 AM

                      Belle Isle's fried clams are second only to their lobster rolls. And they are open.

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                        shaebones RE: gltsoi Dec 8, 2011 01:59 AM

                        If you don't mind a little road trip, Petey's in Rye NH rocks!!! Had the fried clams last week as an ap to a broiled haddock dinner. OMG, sooo good.

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