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Essex Seafood

143R Eastern Ave., Essex, MA - (978) 768-7233
Posted By Todd Madar on 4/5/2008 3:14:00 PM
OK, so you want the best seafood in Boston? You have to go to Essex; all of the best clam shacks in one place, and (in my humble opinion) Essex Seafood is the best of the best!

The most famous is Woodman’s of Essex: good, but way too crowded. They claim to have invented the fried clam, but others do it better. J.T. Farnham’s is better. They have some great chowders, excellent onion rings, and very nice outdoor seating overlooking the salt marsh. The Clam Box of Ipswich is in a building shaped to look like a box of fried clams. Some people swear by them, but I'm not impressed.

For fried clams, you just can’t beat Essex Seafood: light and crispy and bursting with sweet briny clam flavor! Their chowder and clam cakes are outstanding as well. We go several times a year and always get the whole belly fried clam plate. It comes with fries and onion rings and is plenty to share for two people with a side of chowder and some clam cakes. There is really no reason to try anything else on the menu, but everything else I have tried has been great as well.

Try them all, but you will come back to Essex Seafood, as I always do. And it’s open all year to boot. Go in the early spring and you will beat the crowds of summer. Regardless, it will be less crowded than Woodman’s, and way better!

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Essex Seafood may be mainly a lobster pound, but this is the North Shore of Massachusetts and their fried clams (here mixed with onion rings) are world class.
"Essex Seafood may be mainly a lobster pound, but this is the North Shore of Massachusetts and their fried clams (here mixed with onion rings) are world class."
Cliff Strutz





Though not as generous with the clams in their chowder as other local places, it is still very creamy and delicious.
"Though not as generous with the clams in their chowder as other local places, it is still very creamy and delicious."
Cliff Strutz


Even though there is a large selection of seafood and non-seafood to choose from, the lobster and fried clams remain the essential
"Even though there is a large selection of seafood and non-seafood to choose from, the lobster and fried clams remain the essential "must eats.""
Cliff Strutz


This happy little lobster pound also makes excellent fried seafood. Dine in this building, or around back at picnic tables.
"This happy little lobster pound also makes excellent fried seafood. Dine in this building, or around back at picnic tables. "
Michael Stern


Unlike many of the other North Shore seafood restaurants, Essex Seafood is open year round.  Note the happy fish with the frying pan.
"Unlike many of the other North Shore seafood restaurants, Essex Seafood is open year round. Note the happy fish with the frying pan."
Cliff Strutz



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