OT Summer - Best Clam Shack?!?

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    In response to tenace4life's comment:

    Flo's Clam Shark in Newport at 1st beach is great  . . . Quito's on the bay in Bristol, RI (best calamari) . . .  Aunt Carrie in Narragansett and Chelo's makes the best clam cakes.  If you like BIG fried clams try the Red Wing right near the Pats Stadium on Rt 1 in Walpole  .  .  . for the BEST Scallops at any price go to the Tower Tavern on Route 1 in Plainville and have their scallop oscar dinner or their fried scallops!




    I was going to put Flo's but I figured I better see if someone put it down. Out of this world. Love them. I think it might be in Mddletown but it's very close to the Newport-Middletown border.

     
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    I like Kellys, but my foavorite is Newicks in NH.


    "Giggedy, Giggedy!"

     




    Newicks in Merrimack NH has been gone for a while....too bad...the Newicks up in Portland ME is excellent.

    For fried clams or scallops....I'll take Kens in Scarborough, ME.....now I am starved....

     

     
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    Sandy's in Buzzards Bay - biggest portions of sea food you will ever get. You cant finish the whole thing in one sitting - and definitely will bring ome leftovers...Only place I know that serves WHOLE sea scallops - not cut into pieces like everywhere else.



    Good pick, though in my advanced age all that fried food makes me nauseous.  You want the best seafood you have to go to the Cape, and as a true Cape Codder you hit the fish market and do it yourself.

     
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    Sandy's in Buzzards Bay - biggest portions of sea food you will ever get. You cant finish the whole thing in one sitting - and definitely will bring ome leftovers...Only place I know that serves WHOLE sea scallops - not cut into pieces like everywhere else.

     



    Good pick, though in my advanced age all that fried food makes me nauseous.  You want the best seafood you have to go to the Cape, and as a true Cape Codder you hit the fish market and do it yourself.

     



    Am I the only one who thinks Baxter's in Hyannis is overhyped?

     
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    Couple of entries if I may:

    Sea Swirl in Mystic, CT

    and from a restaurant perspective:

    Skipper's Dock in Stonington

    Lindsey's in East Wareham

    Back in the day (and I do mean way back long before there were outlets there) the best clams I've ever had from a clam shack was from Johnson's on Route 1 in Kittery, ME.  But that was then and this is now.

     



    NEver been to any of these. Most of my clamshack good times are on the North Shore, where I was born, RI where I spent a considerable part of my teens/early 20s. NH, where my parents live now, and a few on the cape. 

     

     

     




     

    Not to change the subject but have you had opportunity to eat at Scales & Shells in Newport? For my taste best Lobster Fra Diavolo anywhere.

     

    Little pricey but it has a homey type atmosphere. The menu is on a chalkboard and their kitchen is open along the wall in the dining area.   Great seafood!!!!

     
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    Couple of entries if I may:

    Sea Swirl in Mystic, CT

    and from a restaurant perspective:

    Skipper's Dock in Stonington

    Lindsey's in East Wareham

    Back in the day (and I do mean way back long before there were outlets there) the best clams I've ever had from a clam shack was from Johnson's on Route 1 in Kittery, ME.  But that was then and this is now.

     



    NEver been to any of these. Most of my clamshack good times are on the North Shore, where I was born, RI where I spent a considerable part of my teens/early 20s. NH, where my parents live now, and a few on the cape. 

     

     

     




     

    Not to change the subject but have you had opportunity to eat at Scales & Shells in Newport? For my taste best Lobster Fra Diavolo anywhere.

     

    Little pricey but it has a homey type atmosphere. The menu is on a chalkboard and their kitchen is open along the wall in the dining area.   Great seafood!!!!

     



    Nope. And I don't give a rats if you change the subject. This is a nonsense thread anyhow ... so why not make it a yankee (New Englander, not that sh!te team down south) nostalgia thread/catch-all seafood (as if that isn't the same thing) thread. 

     

    But nah, I haven't been down there. I have some Diavalo and I have had some Diavolo... it seems like everywhere has something Diavalo ... and why not ... it's a merger of the italian-american immigrant culture of New England (which I really miss in the deep South, and pilgrim roots of eating everything you can get in a net out of the ocean). 

    I recall two dishes ... one really outstanding Diavolo at Trattoria Monica in the North End ... and a Diavolo grilled pizza at Al Forno in Providence ... both really were memorable... 




    Well if you are in Newport and looking for some good seafood give Scales a whirl. Like I said a little pricey and a bit on the noisy side but the food is fantastic.

    Like Al forno's but I am partial to Sienna on the hill. Love the Eggplant and Rissotto sides. I would give you the names but I can't pronounce them never mind spell them.

     
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    Good call. I'm not so advanced in age, but fried seafood is getting a bit heavy for me the past few years. It runs in the family, stomach issues. I typically grab steamers when I'm home and out at the shacks ... if they got them. It's a lot healthier, and better for my stomach.

     

     

    Yeah I'm not even that old (under 40) but even as a kid I knew a huge plate of fried clams would make me queezy.  I can eat a few and be good.  I prefer boating out to the sandbar, digging around for some tennis ball sized quahogs and bringing a couple buckets back home.  If we don't have lobsters in the trap you swing down the market and see whats cheap. Natives will tell you the smaller ones are sweeter and more tender but it's baloney, the bigger they are the more you have to steam them is all.  If the jumbos are cheap you have to go big and go home.

    Typically we'll start by shucking some quahogs and eating them with lemon juice, hotsauce or horseradish, nothing more needed.  We'll take the remainder of the buckets and either make stuffies or chowder out of them.  Jumbo scallops are easy to bake with a strip of bacon wrapped around them.  Some cold microbrew beers and you have a feast.

    This isn't necessarily fancy food but you won't eat better in your life, I've eaten $300 an ounce Iranian caviar, lived on beaches around the world, but it doesn't compare to the meal I can make off the shores of the Cape.

     
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    Totally OT, but bear with me, it's summer. Anyone who's lived anywhere near the coast knows the best Clam Shack debates can get dirty, sometimes even dividing families.

    But I thought an informal poll plus a link to the Globe's own pole would be a fun diversion for the forum. I'm a north shore kid, who also lived in RI, my vote went to Woodman's first, and I plan on carrying it through till the end, with other votes cast for Kelly's, the Clambox in Ipswich, and Aunt Carries and the Beach Plum. 

    http://www.boston.com/travel/explorene/specials/summer/special/clam_shack_bracket/

    Care to relate your favorite or best experience? Trash talking is welcome if it's about clam shacks ... and not focused on Woodman's because after them, the rest of the shacks can do what I do when I go to Woodman's .... get ... in ... line. 

     



         When I was a kid I would wade into the bay at low tide, and dig up a bushel of hard shell clams, referred to as quahogs up there. My Mom would use them to make the best New England style clam chowder ever...make baked stuffed quahogs, and then make a terrific clam/garlic sauce to saturate a couple of pounds of home made linguine. For desert...home made clam cakes!! Outstanding!! Better than anything I've ever had at any restaurant or "clam shack".

     

     
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    Totally OT, but bear with me, it's summer. Anyone who's lived anywhere near the coast knows the best Clam Shack debates can get dirty, sometimes even dividing families.

    But I thought an informal poll plus a link to the Globe's own pole would be a fun diversion for the forum. I'm a north shore kid, who also lived in RI, my vote went to Woodman's first, and I plan on carrying it through till the end, with other votes cast for Kelly's, the Clambox in Ipswich, and Aunt Carries and the Beach Plum. 

    http://www.boston.com/travel/explorene/specials/summer/special/clam_shack_bracket/

    Care to relate your favorite or best experience? Trash talking is welcome if it's about clam shacks ... and not focused on Woodman's because after them, the rest of the shacks can do what I do when I go to Woodman's .... get ... in ... line. 

     



         When I was a kid I would wade into the bay at low tide, and dig up a bushel of hard shell clams, referred to as quahogs up there. My Mom would use them to make the best New England style clam chowder ever...make baked stuffed quahogs, and then make a terrific clam/garlic sauce to saturate a couple of pounds of home made linguine. For desert...home made clam cakes!! Outstanding!! Better than anything I've ever had at any restaurant or "clam shack".

     



    TP, man, great story.  And there is truly nothing like home cooking done right and sure seems as though your Mom knew how to do it right.

     
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    Newicks in Merrimack NH has been gone for a while....too bad...the Newicks up in Portland ME is excellent.

    For fried clams or scallops....I'll take Kens in Scarborough, ME.....now I am starved....

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    WHAT? How long they been gone? I been overseas for awhile and am coming home for a visit in July. Was looking forward to going!

     
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    ^^ Just checked on line. Newicks is still open, it is in Dover, NH.


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    ^^ Just checked on line. Newicks is still open, it is in Dover, NH.


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    There used to be a Newicks in Merrimack, and it has been gone for several years....didn't know about Dover.

     
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    Matunick Oyster Bar if you dont mind the waiting.

     
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    See, I missed all of those South Shore places. I bet there are a lot, and some good ones too. I actually travelled there to take an ex-GF to Plymouth Rock and discovered this great beach called White Horse a few years ago and I recall seeing a few, but I was really hung over that day and fried anything just wasn't going to happen.

    But I tend to stay on the beaten path ... plus I am really partial to beaches in RI and the south part of the Cape that have the warmer water from the Gulf current.

    Lindsey's?  Solid, but nothing ever stood out. Grandma's pie shop burned down!  haha

    I always liked Wood's or Souza's in downtown Plymouth.  It's all about the batter with the fried stuff.   The rest is if it's fresh, which it has to be or you go out of business pretty quick.

     



    Interesting thread, ZB and others. I suppose your mid 30's old now. Hello son., hahahha. When you took your GF to Plymouth Rock and if you looked at it and turned your head to the right you would have been looking straight at my place, up on the very high cliff overlooking PR, it's on the water but 100' straight up.

    Bought it from a friend years ago, almost 2 acres with a long private road leading into the place, what a view. Google Earth shows the view.  Your home town Beverly is a place where we most likely know some people in common.

    Yes, the steamed clams in a bucket with a butter dip will do it for me too. The trick with the fried clams is the very light batter, and I avoid the frenchies. But I enjoy the light battered fried Oysters most and sometimes just a mix of both fried clams and Oysters.

    TexasPat ..... Stop it! you're making me hungry with the home made clam or fish chowder and clam cakes which our Mother taught us also. Yes, Quohogs. The mud flats in Ipswich at low tide is where we used to go to dig. I think you need a license for that now. We had an old boat and we set lobster traps filled with bait and returned a week later and actually threw the one pounders back into the sea.

     

    The thing with Lobster traps is that you need to have a unique color on your bobs to allow everyone a quick view because the Sea is tricky to locate exactly. The reason for this is if someone tries to steal from your traps, there is still an old Mass. Law on the books that you can actually harm a person stealing from your traps. Does'nt happen often because the people who set thier own traps know this and respect it. Yep, People getting caught stealing our cockroaches of the Sea are in big trouble.

    If anyone remembers the 'Lobster Claw' on Rte 28 in North Reading that was the place to go for clams, the best fried or steamed clams or haddock anywhere.

    Recently and Ironically, I met the same guy from the Lobster Claw, whose sister opened clam/fish shacks in New Smyrna Beach, Fl. and Orlando.  I simply mentioned to the waitress that this food was great and tasted just like a place in Boston I knew. She said , "was that the Lobster Claw? I said "yes", "Oh this is the same owner" she said...... How remarkable things just happen...huh?  He and his sister came out from the kitchen and we had a good laugh. If you go there and take a lady with you, order the Lobster Bisque as an appetizer, afterwhich, I guarantee she will give you anything you desire...;-))
     
    Wishing good fortune to you ....



     
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    Kick down on the mud and watch for the squirt ....then dig.

     
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    Portions at the Clam Box are insane.  Clam roll and rings can last two meals.  At least, they used to be.

     
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    If you go to the Pats games try the Chieftain on Route 1 about 3 miles south of the stadium at the Plainville/North Attleboro line . .  .  I left them off my original list but they are right up there with the best fried clams and their steamer bucket is huge!  Plus as an Irish pup they have some good beers on tap!

     
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    For over sixty years, I have been attempting to replicate the absolutely delicious clam cakes served at the old Crescent Park in Rhode Island with a nod also to those served at the shoreline dining hall at Rocky Point Park, also in R.I.

    To date, this is the closest I've come in my quest.

    HOMEMADE CLAM CAKES:

    1 pt. fresh clams

    1 tbs. Baking powder

    1 ½ tsp. salt

    1 C. milk

    1 tbs. Butter

    1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour

    1 tsp. chopped parsley

    2 eggs beaten

    2 tsp. grated onion

    Chop clams. Combine dry ingredients. Combine eggs, milk, onion, butter, and clams. Combine with dry ingredients and stir until smooth. Drop teaspoon of batter into hot shortening at 350° and fry for 3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper or shake in brown paper bag. Serve with cold beer of choice during 1st inning and be ready to make more for your guests by the 3rd inning.

    Bon appetit.

     
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    In response to mgraham's comment:

    #1 has to be the ClamBox in Ipswich   ...c'mon you are eating in a clam box!

    #2 Liams at Nausett  Beach

     

    how long before the Batter vs Breaded argument comes up?



    Definately agree the ClamBox in Ipswich--hands down. I am a lover of whole bellied clams and you don't get any better than theClamBox. And i lived in the South Shore my whole life. BTW Brockton has a pretty darned good seafood place by the Movie theaters just off the Highway forget the name, but pretty darn good seafood for Brockton!

     
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    You guys are killin' me!!!


    Twenty years in SW Fla. Most of the seafood leaves something to be desired. As for clams in these parts they're strips. No bellies. Large mid-western population here and they just don't understand bellies. I gave up years ago trying to find a good clam shack. I remember Sandy's in Buzzards Bay. Am I wrong or did they also sell some kick-a** pies there?

    When I lived in Mass., I was more like wozzy. Get your own and see to it yourself. Grab a rake and hit the flats for little necks. If you were lucky you'd get a small pile of razors. Best clams there are. Then into the waist deep water to stomp around for quahogs. After that find an eel grass bed and pick some mussels. Catch a few blues for the grill and you've got a feast that is hard to beat. If you have enough clams - or enough patience - put some in a bucket and cover them with moist corn meal and put the bucket in a cool dark place. After a couple of days the clams have eaten the meal and stuffed themselves. That's when they're ready for frying. By then, if you're worth your New England Salt, you've smoked some of that bluefish and another feast ensues.

    In the past I've tried setting crab traps here with marginal success. Usually I end up buying them. When I do I make crab cakes to make any Marylander jealous. How do I know? My two room-mates are from Maryland and say my 'cakes are some of the best they've ever had. NO! I'm not printing the recipe.

    Like I say, I've been living in what they call "paradise" here for a long time without too many breaks. This summer I get to escape. Atlanta for work in July, then straight to the Atlantic coast. Wilmington N.C. first, to see about possibilities for work and to visit their battleship. After that, on up the coast checking on work availability and seeing sights, stopping in Onset to see my sister and hopefully catching some of those blues in The Canal. Then to Portland to look for work and on to Acadia for some camping. Sampling the seafood all along the way. If I am fortunate I won't have to return to this "paradise" and will be able to stay in what I think of as PARADISE... New England.

    (sorry for rambling on)

    Wish me luck.

     

     
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