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SEACOAST NH: Best fried clams? Other recs?

machoux May 15, 2014 07:15 AM

I'll be in Hampton Beach and Portsmouth this weekend, looking for tips. Someone told me the best fried clams were in Kingston? A place with a woman's name that started with an L if I remember rightly? I used to love Lorenzo's on Hampton Beach for fried seafood but they're long gone.

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    rizzo0904 RE: machoux May 15, 2014 07:34 AM

    I don't eat them myself, but my grandmother loves the fried clams at Ceals in Seabrook Beach.

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      Infomaniac RE: rizzo0904 May 15, 2014 09:37 AM

      I eat them and Ceal's is my favorite Clam Shack north if Boston!

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      machoux RE: machoux May 15, 2014 03:38 PM

      Thanks for the suggestions. How about an indoor place? It's going to be raining buckets this weekend, supposedly. Also I figured out the one I though had a woman's name: Luis Sea Fresh in Hampton Falls - I thought the guy said Louise! Very mixed reviews here.

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        Infomaniac RE: machoux May 16, 2014 02:49 AM

        I can't comment on Luis Sea Fresh....never been.

        For indoors in Seabrook you have Markey's Lobster Pool and Brown's across the street which you can byob.

        I like Petey's in Hampton, NH too.

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          qianning RE: Infomaniac May 16, 2014 03:56 AM

          Petey's fish chowder is excellent. I'd definitely go to Petey's over Luis.

          In town Portsmouth try Moxy for innovative small plates. Black Trumpet for excellent fine dining. Also there's a kick off summer event this evening if you are there by tonight.

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            sinned61 RE: Infomaniac May 29, 2014 06:40 AM

            Petey's is in Rye NH, not Hampton fyi

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            rizzo0904 RE: machoux May 16, 2014 04:46 AM

            Ceals does have a covered patio area with tables. Not sure how dry it stays.

            Markey's and Brown's are both good, I go to whichever is less crowded. Brown's is BYOB, Markey's is not....if that matters. I do prefer Brown's clam chowder.

            There is the Tuna Striker down behind Ceals where the fishing boats go out. I enjoy the lobster BLT, no idea about the clams. They have a covered deck and indoor seating. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tuna-S...

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              Infomaniac RE: rizzo0904 May 16, 2014 05:41 AM

              Oh yeah....I like Tuna Striker too!

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            dickie543 RE: machoux May 17, 2014 06:38 AM

            If you can cross the border into Maine, Bob's Clam Hut on route 1 are very, very good.

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              machoux RE: machoux May 24, 2014 03:04 PM

              Thanks for all the help! We had fried clams at both Tuna Striker and Petey's, and both were great! I love the fried clams (and oysters) at Gilbert's here in Portland, but my Mom and sister were visiting from away and I wanted them to have that specialty of the region. My first try on Chowhound was a great success! Cheers to all.

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