Clam Box

Review by: Michael Stern

The Clam Box is shaped like a clam box, the trapezoidal container in which fried-clams-to-go are customarily served. It is a genuine roadside attraction that dates back to 1938 and would be of interest for its looks alone. Under the stewardship of the owners, the restaurant has thrived.

What to eat at the Clam Box

In addition to maintaining and enhancing its unique looks, owners have made the Clam Box a standard for fried-clam excellence. In our opinion, this is the place to eat the best fried clams on the North Shore; and the North Shore is home of the best fried clams anywhere.

The ideal way to have them is as a platter: a plate piled high with modest-size whole-bellied clams, French fries, and onion rings. You’ll get a little tartar sauce for dipping and some sweet coleslaw which is a necessary part of the clam-eating experience, for it helps balance the fried stuff. The truly wonderful thing about Clam Box fried clams is how greaseless they seem. They are luscious and crunchy, no doubt about that; but you’ll have no oily fingers after plowing through a plate.

Notes about the Clam box

There is indoor seating, and across the parking lot from the building there are picnic tables for al fresco dining. Throughout most of the summer, expect a wait in line at mealtimes. The Clam Box is famous, deservedly so.

What To Eat

fried clam platter

Lobster Roll


Strip Roll

Native Clam Mini Meal

Scallop Roll

Fried Clams Mini-Meal


Clam Box Recipes


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