Fried Clams in the Winter?
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?
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. ;)
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.
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
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".
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.
Mikes roast beef in Everett has the best fried clams anywhere in Mass.
Celebrity Pizza in Watertown has the second best
The Clam box in ipswich is closed until mid Feb, Essex Seafood and the Choate Bridge pub are both serving local clams all winter.
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.