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BEST Fried Clams

2014 BEST Fried Clams, North

Woodman’s of Essex

Essex

This New England institution churns out all manner of crispy delicacies, but it’s the fresh clam bellies—plump, briny, and fried to perfection—that keep crowds of tourists and locals alike in the dining room year round. In fact, rumor has it… read more »

2014 BEST Fried Clams

Neptune Oyster

Boston

The perfect fried clam belly is a thing of beauty: crisp on the outside, tender and saline on the inside, the whole thing offset by a dunk in piquant tartar sauce. Neptune’s Ipswich clam appetizer, which comes with a massive… read more »

2011 BEST Fried Clams
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The Bite

Chilmark

The lines are long, the seating is sparse, and forget about finding a parking space at this Vineyard clam shack outside the fishing village of Menemsha. But trust us, it’ll all be worth it when you slurp up the bellies… read more »

2010 BEST Fried Clams
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Summer Shack

Cambridge

There’s not a lot of in-between with fried clams. They’re either great—or awful. Summer Shack’s whole Ipswich clams, though, are beyond excellent: fried to a deep gold, crunchy on the outside and tender within, and not an oily, mushy, or… read more »

2003 BEST Fried Clams

J. T. Farnham’s

Essex

Whole or sliced, and fried to a deep, golden brown, Farnham’s clams are soft and juicy on the inside, salty and even nutty on the outside. The homemade tartar sauce is just a happy bonus. read more »

1994 BEST Fried Clams

Woodman’s

Essex

It’s a hike for Bostonians, but the magnificent view of the Essex River estuary is easily worth the trip. Full bar, picnic tables inside and out. read more »

1984 BEST Fried Clams

Woodman’s

Essex

It was here that fried clams were born, on July 3, 1916. read more »

1983 BEST Fried Clams

The Clam Box

Quincy

The clams come from Ipswich, in case you were wondering. read more »