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BEST Fried Clams

2015 BEST Fried Clams

Yankee Lobster Co.


There are times when a pudgy belly is a good thing, especially if you’re talking about fried clams. Thankfully, Yankee Lobster’s are plump, tender, and fried to crispy excellence. All they need is a squeeze of lemon and a dab… read more»

2014 BEST Fried Clams, North

Woodman’s of 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


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

The Bite


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

Summer Shack


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»

2009 BEST Fried Clams

B&G Oysters


The accompanying paper towel is merely decorative, considering B&G’s semolina-dusted Ipswich bellies shed virtually no grease from their crisp nooks and crannies (which justifies double-dunking them in the addictive house tartar sauce). read more»

2003 BEST Fried Clams

J. T. Farnham’s


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



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



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

1983 BEST Fried Clams

The Clam Box


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