Best of Boston

2004 Best Clam Shack, Martha's Vineyard

Giordano’s Restaurant

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 couple of picnic tables outside) just across from the Flying Horses carousel, Giordano’s fries the clams in a light batter until they’re crisp and serves them with fresh tartar sauce and lemon wedges. You could order a side of crunchy, boardwalk-style fries, but leave room instead to sample the superlative fried oysters or a lobster roll.

107-109 Circuit Ave., Oak Bluffs, 508-693-0184,