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May 15, 2014 07:15 AM

SEACOAST NH: Best fried clams? Other recs?

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

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    1. re: rizzo0904

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

    2. 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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      1. re: machoux

        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.

        1. re: Infomaniac

          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.

          1. re: Infomaniac

            Petey's is in Rye NH, not Hampton fyi

          2. re: machoux

            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.

            1. re: rizzo0904

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

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

            1. 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.