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Clams AND rings, NH seacoast??

klutzygirl Nov 13, 2012 08:57 AM

I will be in Exeter NH tomorrow and am craving fried clams and onions rings. Anything fairly close to Ipswich Clam Box for clams, with decent rings too? French fries would be good too, but I'd skip them for great rings, and I'd skip both for fabulous clams (BTW, Clam Box fries are awful). I can drive as far north as Kittery, but I've not been impressed with Bob's in Kittery. Thanks for any suggestions!

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    solargarlic Nov 13, 2012 10:31 AM

    I think Petey's in Rye has "Onion Nuggets"...you know the smallest middle rings still together and fried. Those we enjoyed, but I can't remember how their rings are. I know they have decent fries, last time we were there they did not use those corn starch coated ones that so many seafood shacks use (bleccchhhh). I've never been to CB, so I can't compare Petey's clams to theirs. But Petey's is my go to place when I go to the beach, and we really, realllly like their chowder!

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    1. re: solargarlic
      klutzygirl Nov 14, 2012 02:10 AM

      Thanks for the tips, solargarlic. This is probably where I'll go since they were voted best fried clams in a NH poll. Be sure to try CB's big belly clams when you are down that way!

      1. re: klutzygirl
        elctrnc Nov 14, 2012 03:08 PM

        too late for this trip, but The Pines in Raymond has good clams and rings.

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          klutzygirl Nov 15, 2012 04:26 AM

          Thanks elctrnc, maybe next time. Petey's was disappointing.

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            solargarlic Nov 15, 2012 11:02 AM

            Oh man, sorry bout that. I hate to give a recommendation that doesn't turn out well!

            1. re: solargarlic
              klutzygirl Nov 15, 2012 01:54 PM

              No problem, sg, I really appreciated it. They were voted best clams in NH by NH Magazine, but a far, far cry from CB. Not bad, just not great. But it was a gorgeous day, I ate at and walked on the beach (my main goal), and of course Rye has the lovely old "cottages." I had a great time! Petey's was one in a long list of disappointing tries, and I've finally decided to never get fried clams anywhere but CB.

        2. re: klutzygirl
          shaebones Nov 14, 2012 11:38 PM

          If you want some fresh fish the broiled haddock at Petey's knocks it outta the park every time.

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            klutzygirl Nov 15, 2012 01:55 PM

            Thanks! I might try them again for something other than fried clams.

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        LeRique Nov 13, 2012 09:27 AM

        Agree about the fries but I found the O rings pretty good at CB. And the clams especially the big bellies hard to beat.

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          klutzygirl Nov 13, 2012 09:57 AM

          Oh my, those big bellies are the best I've ever had!! But I can't go there tomorrow, sigh.

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