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2013 BEST Clam Shack, Cape Cod

Sesuit Harbor Cafe

Dennis

Some of the fun that comes from visiting the Sesuit Harbor Cafe is just knowing where to find it (hint: it’s the buoy-covered shack next to the Dennis Yacht Club, past rows of boats stacked in the marina). The menu… read more»

2012 BEST Clam Shack, Cape Cod

The Lobster Trap

Bourne

The golden whole-belly fried clams are worth an impromptu day trip. Add in the Buzzards Bay and Back River vistas, the newly built bar stocked with local brews, and the overstuffed lobster roll served on buttery brioche (yes, brioche), and… read more»

2011 BEST Clam Shack, Cape Cod

Captain Frosty’s

Dennis

Last time we stopped at Captain Frosty’s, we spotted a crow flying off with a beakful of clam strips. Who can blame him? The shack’s golden, crisp clams are summer in a salty bite—and especially great when finished off with… read more»

2011 BEST Clam Shack, Martha's Vineyard

The Bite

Chilmark

If the location in Menemsha’s western cove feels a bit desolate, rest assured: The Bite’s bright blue picnic tables will beckon like a desert oasis. You’ll quickly find yourself tearing through brown paper bags turned translucent with grease to get… read more»

2007 BEST Clam Shack, Nantucket

Sayle’s Seafood

Nantucket

If it’s true that everything good is better fried, you plain can’t lose at Sayle’s. Diners choose from tasty fresh quahogs, steamers, and lobsters, and even tastier fried clams, scallops, shrimp, calamari, and (for the odd landlubber) chicken. The venerable… read more»

2007 BEST Clam Shack, Martha's Vineyard

The Net Result

Vineyard Haven

Can a place that rolls sushi really be considered a clam shack? For the Net Result, we’ll bend the rules. The legendary Vineyard Haven fish market deals in only the freshest catch—its suppliers drop off their hauls several times a… read more»

2007 BEST Clam Shack, Cape Cod

Captain Frosty’s

Dennis

Abandon all hope of squeezing into that teeny bikini after a feast at Captain Frosty’s, the pocket-size clam shack that’s been plying Mayflower and Corporation beachgoers and their overtaxed arteries with fried seafood of every strip—clams, scallops, oysters, shrimp—for more… read more»

2006 BEST Clam Shack, Martha's Vineyard
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The Bite

Chilmark

Don’t snub this rickety shack without a taste test. The Bite experience is as succinct as this tiny clam stand’s name suggests. Patrons pull over to the up-island roadside stop for quick orders of creamy quahog chowder and fried clams,… read more»

2006 BEST Clam Shack, Nantucket
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Sayle’s Seafood

Nantucket

No bivalve hut worth its sea salt is pretentious. So don’t expect glamour when you push through the swinging screen door. At $35 per person, the Clambak—a bucket of thick chowder, a half pound each of steamers and mussels, corn,… read more»

2006 BEST Clam Shack, Cape Cod

The Raw Bar

Mashpee

Mashpee’s New Seabury is one of the Cape’s toniest communities, brimming with quaint shops, picture-perfect lawns, and crushed-seashell pathways. The Raw Bar, which dispenses cheap beer beneath bare-breasted mermaid memorabilia, is the one place locals and visitors can really let… read more»