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2005 BEST Clam Shack, Martha's Vineyard

The takeout window at the Home Port

Menemsha

If it’s true that any activity is more fun on the beach and that all food tastes better fried, then the Home Port scores big. The restaurant’s hidden gem is a tiny takeout window that serves its famous fried shrimp,… read more »

2005 BEST Clam Shack, Nantucket

Sayle’s Seafood

Nantucket

More of a fish market than a dining destination, this Nantucket favorite deep-fries clams to crispy perfection. The crunch of the outer coating is followed by a burst of sweet and briny bivalve—the stuff of summer dreams. Sayle’s also offers… read more »

2005 BEST Clam Shack, Cape Cod

Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar

Eastham

Just as hot dogs are a Fenway favorite, it would be silly to skip clams on Cape Cod. And among the dozens of small shacks, Arnold’s remains a standout. This quality-conscious spot now has a dining room and screened-in patio—as… read more »

2004 BEST Clam Shack, Cape Cod

Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar

Eastham

The long lines don’t lie: Arnold’s serves fried clams at their messy best alongside the fluffiest, tastiest onion rings we’ve ever eaten. The location doesn’t hurt either: It’s right on the Cape Cod Rail Trail, with picnic tables in the… read more »

2004 BEST Clam Shack, Martha's Vineyard

Giordano’s Restaurant

Oak Bluffs

Before you board the ferry in Oak Bluffs, make time for one more taste of island living at its greasy, salty, satisfying best: a cardboard box full of Giordano’s fried clams. Housed in a no-frills walk-up stand (there are a… read more »

1990 BEST Clam Shack

Venus, Seafood in the Rough

Boston

The fried clams, fish-and-chips, lobsters, and rock crabs are great, but the paper plates and picnic tables on the harbor make Venus the best. Just what Boston needed. Get there before it closes for the winter. read more »