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Posted by Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on Thursday, March 8, 2012 11:41 AM

Clam Box Clams
Woodman's or Clam Box?  Essex or Ipswich?  Woodman's (see the review) claims to have invented the fried clam.  Clam Box (see the review) claims to have perfected the fried clam.  In his Great American Bites column in USA Today, Larry Olmsted discusses the fried clams to be found north of Boston at these two seafood icons.  There are significant differences: Woodman's fries everything in lard, and the breading is all cornmeal (no flour).  The Clam Box uses a mixture of cornmeal and flour, and is noted for starting each day with fresh frying oil and changing it at 2:30 p.m.  Clam Box is already open for the season (Woodman's is open year-round); we can think of no better way to get a jump on summer than to head up to the North Shore to conduct our own taste tests.  Again.

Source: USA Today


Here's one we can agree on...These two classic North Shore Seafood Locations are at the top of my list for any visit to New England.
Posted by mayor al on Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 11:44 AM

Even better and in Essex is Essex Seafood.
Posted by Filetofish on Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 5:35 PM

Another excellent choice for fried clams in Essex on Rte. 133 is J.T.Farnhams which is virtually unchanged since the 1950's. I like taking my box of clams out and sitting at one of the picnic tables overlooking the marshes and Essex River.
Posted by Equity6 on Monday, Mar 12, 2012 7:51 AM

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