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Nov 14, 2012 11:49 AM

Best Fried Clams in New England

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. 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.

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

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      1. re: davefoxdad

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

          1. re: jefpen2

            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.

          2. 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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            1. re: FriedClamFanatic

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

              1. re: CapeCodGuy

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

            2. 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.