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Compare Clams at Clam Box w/ Farnham's & w/ Essex Seafood?(Plse Don't Shoot)

I know you're prob sick of this topic, and i can just HEAR the muttering of "geez, get a life, it's just FOOD!" Howevahhh,
IF you have, in the past, actually eaten the fried clams (and rings hopefully) at Clam Box and Farnhams OR Clam Box and Essex Sfd., would you plse tell me why one was better than another, for you ?
We only do fried clams a few times a year; we always go to Clam Box (having been forced in the past to try Village Sfd(last yr.) and Woodman's( 3 yrs ago and before.) because i can't imagine better. Trying them at F and ES would not be a cheap proposition; it's not like you can just get $5 worth of clams and rings to sample; aside from the fact that we don't like wasting food....

I vaguely remember some CH doing a fr clam crawl yrs ago and if that were you, might you link it?
thanks youall for your patience and help on this. and for not using real bullets.

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  1. If the Clam Box is busy and Farnhams is quiet, I choose Farnhams, On a side I had great Clams and onion rings the other night at Dube's in Salem.

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    1. re: phatchris

      really? as good a fry job as clam box? i have to look up this place as we're headed to mrbhd today. thk you for more info!

      1. re: opinionatedchef

        I'm not saying Dube's is as good as Farnhams or the Clam Box, but for the price, location, and waiter service/full bar its damn good...and yes I may be in the minority , but Farnhams on a good day is as good if not better than the Clam Box...IMO of course.

      2. I have been to Essex Seafood once..last summer..and the clams and scallops my better half and I had were soo bad that I would never go back. I know people say they like it..but the scallops tasted old and the clams were chewy..and both were greasy.

        I've been to Farnham's a couple of times and like it a lot. The only issue is the lack of parking. I don't mind waiting in line..but you have to be able to park and when it's busy it can be impossible.

        I love the Clam Box..so if you like the Clam Box..then I think you will really like Farnham's...just go at an off time.

        1. Clam Box makes the best fried clams I've ever tried: super fresh big bellies, perfect fry job, great batter. I only tried Farnham's once some years ago, and that one time was enough to convince me it's not worth chancing the drive up from Brookline: long wait in spite of what seemed like a modest line, clams not very sweet nor tasty. I enjoy ES a lot, and think it does a fine job with their clams, I just wish you could request big bellies there. I agree with phatchris, Dube's is great, at least the equal of ES. I once took a father and son who are exceptionally picky about their clams, and we all thought the clams were excellent. Be forewarned that it's definitely a different scene/vibe than the clam shacks.

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          1. re: Kip McSkipster

            If you don't feel like driving too far Neptune has amazing fried clams.

          2. Gotta say that Clam Box big-bellies are about the best I've ever had. But, I have to agree with phatchris that, when I drive by and see the hour-long line, I'll go to Farnhams. They're close enough in quality IMO,and, if Farnhams is serving cod cheeks. . . . sold!

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            1. re: powerfulpierre

              I had cod cheeks at the Village this summer that kicked ass.

              1. re: powerfulpierre

                I love the clams at Farnham's, but I actually passed on the lobster roll at Belle Isle last year (just once), and I wasn't disappointed in their clams, not one bit. Very yummy, and much closer to town than Essex.

              2. Here is the link to the Klam Krawl report. Gosh, was that really 2008???
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/543497

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                1. re: fesenjan

                  fes, you are the BEST! thnx so much for the link; a lot of very helpful details on the clam crawl rating they did. and it looks like we don't need to bother w/ ES or F, so I can get some sleep now!
                  thx again.