Best of Boston

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 helping of pickle-y, slawlike tartar sauce, is a master of the form—and well worth the hour-plus wait for a table.

63 Salem St., Boston, 617-742-3474,