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Maine battered fried clams

pertpat Jul 12, 2012 07:15 AM

years ago there was a take out place on rt 1 near boothbay where you could get batter fried clams. Also in Yarmouth, there was a restaurant "Downeast Village" where they had the best batter fried clams which got sold last year.
does anyone know of any othere places in Maine to get "battered " fried clams, preferably midcoast?

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    dfrostnh RE: pertpat Jul 12, 2012 10:29 AM

    To me, all the fried clams available are battered but perhaps you are looking for a thicker coating. Both my husband and I think that the fried clams at Mike's Clam Shack, Rt 1, Wells, might be coated with some kind of crumbs on top of the batter. It's definitely a different kind of batter and possible what some might call "breaded".

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      jackattack RE: dfrostnh Jul 12, 2012 04:51 PM

      Batter fried aren't very popular in Maine. Most places are "crumb" fried. Batter-fried is more like "tempura style" These photos might help explain the difference d frost, first the batter and 2nd the crumb:



      I think I've read that Ken's Place in Scarborough, and The Clam Shack in Kennebunkport, both offer the "batter-fried" clams.

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        Dave B RE: jackattack Jul 13, 2012 05:10 PM

        Now you've gone and done it, jackattack. Full-blown clam envy/craving going on here right now. (Allow me to wipe the drool off my keyboard, please.) While I always vote for traditional NE clams (duh - I'm from New England), I wouldn't turn my nose up at those battered clams at Luke's! Did I mention the drool factor?

        Pass the tartar sauce, please.

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          Joanie RE: jackattack Jul 24, 2012 07:43 AM

          I was at Ken's 10 days ago and they were able to give me half crumb and half batter since it wasn't busy (see long review of Bar Harbor/Camden/Portsmouth). I felt like I had to try the batter/tempura style but not sure why anyone would want that, far inferior to traditional IMHO. I took this photo but am not sure you can really see the contrast. Make sure you ask for their homemade tartar sauce. It doesn't cost extra, not sure why they don't just give it to you rather than those ridiculous little packets.

      2. Tripeler RE: pertpat Jul 13, 2012 05:13 PM

        Maybe there should be a shelter for battered clams...

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          LStaff RE: Tripeler Jul 15, 2012 06:44 AM

          I will give them a safe place in my belly...

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            Dave B RE: Tripeler Jul 15, 2012 04:45 PM

            Tripeler - haha! I think we can do something about clam abuse by stopping clam bullying before it starts. It's all about education and public awareness.

            I'd still appreciate some tartar sauce. It helps bring down the swelling.

          2. the_MU RE: pertpat Jul 17, 2012 04:56 AM

            Last time I was at Red's, which was admittedly a zillion years ago, all their fried food was substantially battered.

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              poncedeleroy RE: the_MU Jul 23, 2012 11:19 AM

              Had them at Red's Eats in Wiscasset in 2010 and I enjoyed that as much as their lobster roll!

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              pertpat RE: pertpat Jul 23, 2012 11:58 AM

              thanks everyone for the info. i'm going to Maine sat for vacation. i'm actually from Ct so maybe someone knows of good fried clams in ct

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