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Whole Belly Fried Clams within 50 miles of North Dallas

Clam-man in-need Jun 15, 2002 07:06 PM

Please help....I'm drawing a complete blank for any restaurant, stand, shack which serves new england style whole belly fried "piss" clams within 50 miles drive of North Dallas ...

price is no object... I need a fix...

clam strips won't do...
whole belly "piss" clams (steamer clams) are required...

Can anyone recommend a location ???

Lately I've been buying fresh steamer clams at Central Market in Plano, cleaning, mealing and frying them myself...

I'd give anything for a good seafood restaurant serving those whole belly tasty morsels locally...

  1. l
    linda Jun 17, 2002 11:09 AM

    I am not much of a clam expert but you might call The Lobster Ranch in Preston Center and see if they have this item. I was there several weeks ago and quite a few tables (including the one right next to me) were being served something I didn't recognize. When I asked the server he said they were "steamers". I said you mean clams? And he said yes. I asked the guy sitting next to me if they were good and he said they were very good and went on say he was from the Northeast and grew up on them...

    A word of caution...Lobster Ranch is a Phil Romano operation (one strike against it) and has not been open long. It is supposed to be like a New England Chowder house - they have a raw bar with several different types (sizes) of clams, different oysters, a good selection on sizes of lobster, etc. The only item I tried was the 1 1/4 steamed lobster and it was good. They serve it whole in the shell, of course, but they split it to make it easier to eat & it comes with new potatoes and corn. My dining companion had fish & chips which were terrible. Also, the service was pretty bad and we were there early - around 6:00 p.m. so they weren't overly crowded. But perhaps they have corrected all that. Also, it is very casual and family oriented and they do have a full bar.

    Let me know what you find out and if you go, what you think....

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    1. re: linda
      Clam-man in-need Jun 20, 2002 10:21 AM

      Hi Linda,
      Thanks 4 the suggestion... I was planning to head over to Lobster Ranch but wanted to give them a chance to settle down some more...
      I do believe they serve steamers which are the "real" whole belly piss clams steamed and served with clam broth from steaming and drawn butter dip...
      Perhaps I can convince them to shuck and fry some but I find that highly unlikely for any restaurant to do. Restaurants usually purchase already shucked piss clams in large plastic 1/2 gallon like buckets ready to be mealed and fried...
      I've tried to get both Whole Foods Market and Central Market to get these buckets of already shucked piss clams but they haven't been able to get them..if you look closely both seafood markets have other already shucked shellfish, eg, oysters, for sale by the pound. I'm beginning to believe that none of the local Dallas wholesale seafood suppliers import shucked piss clam buckets to the area..lol
      I've ordered shucked piss clams over the internet and fried them myself...I've bought fresh steamers from Central Mkt and shucked, mealed and fried them myself..

      Still would like to find them prepared correctly at a local north Dallas/Plano eatery but I'm in the minority few who like piss clams enough to eat mounds and mounds of them ...

      Rich (aka friedclams)

      1. re: Clam-man in-need
        linda Jun 21, 2002 11:39 AM

        Hey Rich

        Can't believe you are having such a tough time with these clams! I know what that's like as I have also drawn a bead on a particular item before and become obsessed with finding it...I'm surprised you've not been able to get these through Central Market. You did mention that you had gotten steamers from them, however....are they just not shucked? Is that the sticking point - you are looking for the 1/2 to 1 gallon buckets already shucked?

        Have you called either TJ's Seafood or The Net Result seafood market? Phone # for Net Result is 214 461 0119. There is a post below regarding both of these places as being two of the best seafood markets in Dallas. You might try calling and see if they can hook you up. Chris Svalesen is the chef and owner of the seafood restaurant, Thirty Six Degrees and owns the fresh seafood market, Net Result, next door. I have no clue what he carries in the clam dept. but I do know he grew up in the northeast (Long Island, I think) and should know all about piss clams. He is also a very accommodating and friendly guy plus a great chef. He might be able to order these for you in the fish market. If you will let him know in advance he will also prepare items for you in the fish market. If you were wanting these prepared some special way & served in a restaurant setting, if he is able to get them, you might be able to get him to prepare them for you in the restaurant next door as well as ordering them uncooked to take home.

        Good luck on your quest and let me know how you make out - I will be interested to know....


    2. c
      clam man Aug 10, 2002 01:05 PM

      whole belly fried clams FOUND at Lobster Ranch @ Preston Rd and NW Hwy in Dallas on the menu as "Big Belly Clams" market price....
      I paid $12 for an 8oz order...which came with fries and cole slaw...

      Lobster Ranch is a new concept restaurant by Phil Romano of Macaroni Grill fame...

      clams were abit smaller than I would have liked, but properly mealed/breaded and fried golden in fresh oil ...

      one can't complain .... fried clams are so rare in these parts.....

      they've also got steamers !!!!!! nice .....

      1. c
        Cheryl Seager Jul 21, 2005 09:55 AM

        Hi, I found your site while googling fried clams! I am also in need of a fix - Lobster Ranch has long closed. Any ideas on anyplace I can find them - I'm also in the Dallas area.

        Thanks in advance!!

        1. irodguy Oct 1, 2007 12:25 PM

          Seabreeze in Plano normally has whoe belly fried clams on their menu. They are on Preston just south of Spring Creek.

          1. n
            Nickle Aug 6, 2008 02:26 PM

            I have ordered Steamers at Hooters. My understanding of them is they are steamed not fried. Hooters has them on there menu. They were steamed and good. Hiep Phong Supper MKT.10560 Walnut St nomaly has fresh clams in the shell in stock. I do not know were they are prepared fried.

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            1. re: Nickle
              lindasmarcus Aug 29, 2008 08:52 PM

              I would love to find real steamed "piss" clams in broth with drawn butter on the side like I grew up with on the Jersey shore. If anyone knows in the Dallas area I would love to go. Most of the time what they call steamers is really cherry stone clams.

              1. re: lindasmarcus
                irodguy Aug 30, 2008 06:22 PM

                You might want to call Seabreeze in Plano.

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