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Best Fried Clams in New England

JeffroCGC Nov 14, 2012 11:49 AM

What's your favorites? I'm partial to the clams at Arnold's Clam Shack in Eastham Mass, on Cape Cod.

I also recently had the clams at JT Farnham's in Essex Mass and they were quite yummy.

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  1. CapeCodGuy Nov 14, 2012 07:09 PM

    LOL...an oft discussed question of which there are hundreds of answers.

    But I'll chime in that Arnold's is good. But no better IMO than Kreme 'n Kone, or Original Seafood Restaurant in Dennisport. My favorite, by quite a bit, is Marathon in West Dennis. If you like your bellies big or small, just ask, and that's what you'll get. Plus there's a little extra special ingredient in the flour than makes them a tad more crunchy than others. Delish.

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      davefoxdad Nov 18, 2012 05:48 AM

      Bubbling Brook (in season) in Westwood or Red Wing in Foxboro

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        Alica Nov 18, 2012 05:20 PM

        The Red Wing is great in Foxboro! Nice fried scallops also. Sort of like a truck stop but a worth while destination!

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        jefpen2 Nov 18, 2012 02:24 PM

        Clam Box. Ipswich

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            Clams047 Apr 18, 2014 01:41 PM

            While I've had very good clams at The Clam Box (primarily because they are freshly battered / served hot), unless one lives in the Ipswich area, I'm not so sure it's worth the typical lengthy wait.

            I've had much better clams (each being outstanding - also freshly battered & served hot) at Glenwood Drive In in Hamden CT, Harry's in Colchester, Ct, Buttonwoods Fish & Chips in Warwick, RI and Five Island Lobster in Georgetown, ME.

            Each use very large clams. Clam box seems to use smaller (not as good) clams, at least in the few times I've been there.

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            FriedClamFanatic Nov 18, 2012 05:45 PM

            Not now.but in Season..........the Clam Box in Falmouth has a combination winning prize of Great Taste.Great View....Great Fun. On Falmouth Harbor.west side

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              CapeCodGuy Nov 19, 2012 06:37 AM

              Agreed! (But it's called the Clam Shack)

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                FriedClamFanatic Nov 19, 2012 11:13 AM

                I should have known that! At5 leasst I could find the place blindfolded, by boat (oops!), car (OMG) or foot (splash!)

            2. JeffroCGC Apr 18, 2014 06:11 AM

              I just had some awesome whole belly clams at a place called Jasper's in Ellsworth Maine. Nice and tender and crispy, not "fishy" tasting in any way.
              The tartar was pretty darn good too.

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