There is nothing like summer in New England, and no summer is complete without a local’s favorite summer food staple, fried clams. Whether you prefer strips or bellies, you’re going to want to get these great 8 clam plates into your belly, stat.
The Beach Plum
With locations in Portsmouth, North Hampton, and Epping, New Hampshire, The Beach Plum is a beloved spot serving overloaded lobster rolls, clam chowder and some of the best fried clams in the Granite State. Always served piping hot and golden brown, these beauties come on their own…. or as part of the Fisherman’s platter along with fried haddock, shrimp, scallops, fried clams, French fries, and made from scratch cole slaw and tartar sauce.
Built in 1935, Clam Box in Ipswich, Massachusetts, has been a beacon for lovers of fried bivalves, beckoning anyone hungry for fried clams, lobster rolls, and homemade cole slaw. There’s no mistaking this eatery as you approach it in your car as the restaurant itself is shaped like, you guessed it, a clam box.
J.T. Farnham’s in Essex has been around for about 75 years, serving up yummy seafood with an even tastier view of the Essex Salt Marsh. Nothing pairs better with the spectacular scenery then some of Farnham’s fantastic fried clams. These crispy clams are dunked in a top-secret, four-ingredient wash before they’re tossed in corn flour and fried.
Woodman’s of Essex
Woodman’s of Essex on the North Shore, claims to have actually invented the fried clam. So you know the ones they serve have got to be top notch. These puffy, crispy clams are battered and fried beautifully in the same recipe started by Lawrence “Chubby” Woodman over 100 years ago. So what’s the secret ingredient to these pristine ocean tastebud titans? Lard. Where there aren’t too many place that will cook with the substance, there is a science behind the art of cooking with lard that will surprise you. Overall, cooking in lard provides a healthier result over vegetable oil.
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Cunard Tavern in East Boston is a stylish spot serving food that’s as diverse as the neighborhood. When it comes to your standard clam roll, the folks at Cunard Tavern take it a step further and add it on top of a juicy burger. This sandwich, topped with tartar sauce, American cheese and shredded lettuce, screams Boston, so loudly, you’ll want a second one after sinking your teeth in.
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The Red Wing Diner
The Red Wing Diner on Route 1 in Walpole has been serving and stuffing hungry customers with fresh, honest, straight-forward seafood, crispy bar pizzas and indulgent comfort food for over 80 years. The fried clams here are fabulous on their own- but even better as part of the Red Wing’s Fisherman’s platter- overloaded with whole bellied clams, scallops, shrimp, haddock, fries and ultra-addictive onion rings.
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The Clam Box
Ten minutes south of Boston, The Clam Box on Wollaston Beach has been a summertime staple in Quincy for decades. This seaside mainstay fries up fresh seafood by the boatload, all served from a busy counter top where customers pick up their food and grab as much tartar sauce as they need before finding a table. There’s plenty of outdoor seating, and an indoor dining room with floor to ceiling windows, so every seat has a great view of the beach, just across the street.
Located on Nanaquaket Pond with beautiful sunset views, Evelyn’s Drive-In in Tiverton, Rhode Island is famous for its fried clam CAKES that are made to order. Legendarily known as a seafood donut, these gorgeous golden balls, chock full of clams and dough have a big following in Little Rhody.
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