Fried Clams

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Few eats stir Yankee passions more intensely than fried clams. Most devoted clamophiles insist on whole belly clams (the big gooey ones), and while clam strips do tend to be thin and rubbery, there are some pretty tasty strips out there, too. But nevermind them. Here are our favorite sources for big, oozy, oceanic whole belly clams.

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Clam Box

The Clam Box is the place to eat the best fried clams on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Get them piled high on a platter with French fries & onion rings.

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Woodman’s of Essex

Woodman's of Essex Massachusetts, says it invented fried clams. They are lush and crunchy. The full seafood menu also includes beautiful whole lobsters.

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Clam Shack

Clam Shack fried clams are great; lobster rolls are even more impressive, so huge and fresh. Al fresco dining only at this Kennebunk landmark..

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Five Islands Lobster Company

Resilient lobsters fairly burst out of their shell when squeezed with a nutcracker at the unbelievably scenic picnic tables of Maine's Five Islands Lobster Co.

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Sea Swirl

A former Carvel stand on Route One east of Mystic, Connecticut, Sea Swirl serves some of the best fried clams on the New England shore.

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Denmo’s Snack & Dairy Bar

Denmo’s is a happy Connecticut drive-in restaurant serving excellent fried seafood & hot lobster rolls as well as beautiful foot long hot dogs with hot relish.

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Bob’s Clam Hut

Maine shoreline summertime seafood, eat-in-the-rough style. Bob's clam plates and clam rolls, scallops, shrimp, and lobster rolls are Yankee bests.