Best of Boston

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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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»