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Big-Belly Clams

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Hey Kids!
Looks like I'm going to have to miss my annual June trip to New England, where I feast on fried scallops, lobster rolls (especially CT. style), lobster stew, and my beloved big-belly fried clams!

Anyone know of a local T.O. supplier that can provide fresh-shucked big-belly clams?

I'd rather not have to shop around trying to find big-bellies and then do the shucking myself. :-)

Thanks,
.James.

*by the way, if anyone is looking for seafood suggestions for MA. RI., CT. NH. ME, let me know, I have been virtually everywhere :-)

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  1. Gee, nobody knows of anyplace that sells shucked clams?

    I'd love to find Ipswich clams locally, but I'll take any good, big-belly clams :-)

    5 Replies
    1. re: TorontoTips

      Good luck but I started a thread like this a few years ago. I believe the reason is the big belly clams can't survive on their way here. The closest thing to full bellied clams you will get here is clam strips:(

      1. re: callitasicit

        They don't export them in the shell because the shells are too fragile. I don't know if they export them shucked. I'd suggest asking at Rodney's or Oyster Boy or some other restaurant that regularly brings in seafood from the East coast.

        1. re: crawfish

          TT, have you checked in any of the Asian supermarkets like Oceans or T & T? I don't recall seeing any of the large soft-shell clams (aka steamers) that make for good big-belly fried clams, but I wasn't looking for them either. For frying, the larger little-necks are acceptable and widely available as are the razor clams. They are definitely not big belly though.

          Some of the Boston-area seafood suppliers ship pints of shucked clams via Fedex, but only inside the U.S.A. You would have to drive to Buffalo to get them.

      2. re: TorontoTips

        You could ask Diana's seafood
        416 288-1588

        1. re: Luvtooeat

          Hey TorontoTips I know your pain! The best bet would be to get manila clams or decent sized pasta clams. They sell both at T&T or other asian markets with a fish section. Cherry stone are way too big for sure.