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Fried Clams near Naples/North Windham, ME?

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cook262 Aug 13, 2012 04:24 AM

Am working in Windham Maine for about a month. We have spent a lot of time in Maine over the years but haven't usually eaten fried clams...just buckets and buckets of steamed clams.

This trip SO and I have been craving good fried whole belly clams. Had some really so-so ones over the weekend in Rockland and now decided we wanted to find some great ones before we leave. Since we don't eat a lot of fried food, we didn't want to buy a lot of 'duds' so reaching out to you all to help us out.

We have about a week left and think we will be spending most of that in Naples/N Windham area, although do expect to get to Portland one more time. Any suggestions on outstanding fried clams near us?

  1. MidCoastMaineiac Aug 13, 2012 01:19 PM

    I haven't been to this establishment, but The Galley in Naples just won best sandwich in New England on Adam Richman's new show "Best Sandwich in America" for their Zesty Lemon Lobster Roll. I also see they have fried clams on the menu. Maybe others could comment on the quality?

    http://www.thegalleyseafoodpub.com/

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      cook262 Aug 14, 2012 05:08 PM

      We had seen the show and have actually tried three times to visit since it is less than 15 minutes from where we are staying. Once we were silly enough to go without calling ahead and when we got there around 11:30am, they were closed. It was during their normal business hours. There was a sign that said 'Out of Lobster. Will open again at 2pm." So even if they were out of lobster, they wouldn't be open? We would actually have eaten something else as many of the others who were turned away might have done.

      The next two times (including today) we were smart enough to call ahead. Both times they were open but had no lobster when we asked. They did not offer this info upfront...only when we asked. Today they had no idea when more lobster would 'arrive'. My SO wondered where they were now getting this lobster....is someone else cooking it for them? Are they using a new source who can get them more lobster than before? If so, is the quality going to be there?

      After today we decided to wait until our next business trip here to visit the restaurant. We know we'll be back in Windham. Maybe by then things will calm down.

      I don't think this publicity has done The Galley any good at this time....maybe for the distant future...but for now there are a LOT of disappointed people driving there and not having a chance to try anything.

      1. re: cook262
        MidCoastMaineiac Aug 15, 2012 06:17 AM

        Very strange. Lobster is about as easy to come by as bologna these days (and just about as cheap). A seafood place with no lobster? Sounds fishy to me....

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      bobbert Aug 13, 2012 10:52 AM

      Best fried clams I've ever had are in Portland at Fisherman's Grill on Forest Ave which just happens to be rte 302. Hard to find. Next to Fisherman's Net. If you don't like these then fried clams are not your thing. Cash only.

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      1. re: bobbert
        the_MU Aug 14, 2012 12:54 PM

        Don't know if it's still there, but a few years ago when we rented a place in Casco, there was a place called Fishermen's Net in Gray. Don't know if it's related to Fisherman's Net in Portland or not.

        Edit because it's in Gray not Windham.

        http://www.seriouseats.com/2011/07/be...

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