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Dec 7, 2011 05:48 AM

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?


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  1. 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. 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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      1. re: BostonZest

        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. 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".

        1. 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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          1. re: emannths

            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.

            1. re: emannths

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