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Apr 28, 2012 11:24 AM

Best Fried Clams nearThe Colonade Hotel

I grew up in Mass, Amherst, and I have fond memories of the wonderful fried clams with the big liquid goodness stomachs intact and not these 'fried clam strips' that pass for fried clams in most places now.
We are going to a wedding and will be at the Colonade for a few days. Can you recommend the best place to get some nearby? It needn't be within walking distance we will have our car,

Even our South Boston raised Son in Love said he hadn't had clams like that in many, many years when we tried to find some in Rochester NH when we visited him and our daughter.

I believe if anyone would know, it would be the Boston Chowhounds. Thanks in advance for all and any suggestions.


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  1. You'll pay city prices in town, not coastal or North Shore clam shack prices, but Jasper White's Summer Shack chain has an outlet a stone's throw from the Colonnade, on Dalton Street, and its fried clams are quite respectable.

    Better, pricier, and requiring a bit more travel are my two favorite Western-style (as opposed to Asian-tradition) seafood places in town: Neptune Oyster in the North End, and Island Creek Oyster Bar in Kenmore Square, both with really outstanding fried clams. I say that having had an order at both of them in the past couple of weeks. Don't drive to either of them: take the T or cab it. Neptune is best visited at off-peak hours, as it is small, doesn't take reservations and is immensely popular.

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      We can travel, the wedding is Sat night, so we have Sat day and Friday night when we will drive to get good ones.
      Thanks so much.

      1. re: Nanzi

        Well, if you've got a free night and you can drive, might as well do it up right and head to the Clam Box in Ipswich. There are clams I like better (my faves are at Hingham Lobster Pound), but the Ipswich Clam Box has the best balance of quality clams and classic atmosphere.

        1. re: Jenny Ondioline

          My favorite is also the Hingham Lobster Pound. They also have a great lobster roll.

          1. re: CocoDan

            Hingham Lobster Pound is great! I've said it before on these boards but a hidden gem of a fried clam dish can be found in Rozzie at The Pleasant Cafe....they skimp on the fries, but the clams are riteous!

            1. re: devilham

              I thought about ordering fried clams at the Pleasant last year but they were $28.00 that day, which would have purchased all of page 2 of their menu. Not near the Colonnade but I've been enjoying Fresh Pond Seafood's fried clam lunch lately. For 12.99, it includes fries and cup of excellent fish or clam chowder or lobster bisque.

              1. re: gourmaniac

                Yeah, the market pricing of the clams can get out of hand some times of the year, the wife and I both got a plate of em, and the little guy a pizza, and we ended up spending like $80 at the Pleasant, which, if you frequented it would know can normally cover dinner for like 6 people there, lol.

    2. Well, how about near Logan Airport? Has no atmosphere, but is a classic overlooked neighborhood joint: Royal Roast Beef, near the Orient T station (Blue Line).

      Skip the roast beef, et cet., and go for the fried clams, since they are better known for those.

      If you're willing to drive a bit further, there is also Belle Isle Seafood at the East Boston/Winthrop border:

      1. The Atlantic Fish Co on Boylston St across from the Prudential and Lord and Taylor has good fried clams.

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        1. re: catsmeow

          By the sounds of your post you don't want to travel too far.

          But if its a nice day and you're up for a ride Bob Lobster in Newbury right before Plum Island has delicious fried clams. Not greasy and generous servings.

          If you search this board, you will see recent postings. Enjoy!!

          1. re: catsmeow

            If you want to support a local Back Bay business in the aftermath, I would do Atlantic Fish Co. Ticks all your boxes.

            Legal Seafood waterfront comes to mind, as does the Seaport Grill in Gloucester (not as good as the Causeway but it has cocktails and waterside seating).

            Eastern Standard doesnt do fried clams (that I know of) and has a patio, while their sister restaurant next door Island Creek does fried clams but doesnt have a patio. Funny you wouldnt think youd have trouble with this Venn overlap in New England!

            1. re: catsmeow

              Better check if they have reopened since their website says they were closed during the investigation after the marathon

              1. re: lc02139

                Yes, I am sure they are still closed but our OP has no doubt come and gone by now ....

            2. Morse"s Fish Co. in the south end on Washington Street (right across from the cathederal) is a nice walk through a historic neighborhood from the hotel.

              Its mostly a fish store so the ambience is nil, but the fish couldnt be mush fresher and the prices are as good, if not better than anyplace in the city. They have been in business for 110 years for a reason.

              everyone loves Neptune more than me which i have found way overpriced with an attitude. Pleasant cafe's clams are surprising but it is a bit of a hike and i havent set foot in a Legals in 20 years.

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              1. re: hyde

                used to hit up Morse's a billion years ago when my band practiced in the practice spaces next to the scrap metal joint down that way. You used to be able to get fish and chips for crazy cheap....something like under $5, and it was fresh and tastey, but that was the early 90's, I'm sure the prices can't be that low anymore. Reminds me of the sceavy little fish market that was in Allston back then that had fish and chips (served in an old newspaper) for $3.50.....crazy cheap! It was good too, but that place was a little unhygenic....nothing a good fry job can't clean out, but eek!

                1. re: devilham

                  At Morse, a haddock platter is $8 lunch, $11 dinner, a buck extra if you want it broiled instead of fried. Whiting is $7/$10, fish cakes $6/$8. Whole-belly clams are still a fair deal at $14/$17; weird to see clam strips in Boston, but they have them for $8/$11.

                  Still wish the fries were better, and the other option of rice isn't much better, but that's a quibble.


                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    that's still a great price, actually.

                2. re: hyde

                  I've gotten clams twice at Morses. Both times they were one big clump of clams. I had to pull pieces off of it to eat them. I went back th 2nd time thinking maybe it was an off day. They were just as bad the 2nd time.

                3. Moulton's Seafood
                  178 Winthrop St
                  Medford, MA

                  just minutes right off 93... it would be easy to get there... they have the best local clams around IMHO