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10 Best Clam Shacks in New England

10 Best Clam Shacks in New England
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Summer in New England isn’t complete without enjoying some deep-fried seafood. Seafood expert Mike Urban picks the 10 best clam shacks in New England.

Summer in New England isn’t complete without enjoying some deep-fried seafood at a dine-in-the-rough clam shack. Food and travel writer Mike Urban, author of Clam Shacks: The Ultimate Guide to New England’s Most Fantastic Seafood Eateries (Cider Mill Press, 2011) has been noshing at and writing about these iconic eateries for years. Here are his picks for the 10 best clam shacks in New England.

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The Clam Box in Ipswich, Massachusetts, specialize in deep-fried clams that never disappoint.

The Clam Box This shack, located in a shingled building that resembles an open-topped clam box, is hands-down the best place for fried clams anywhere. Owner Marina “Chickie” Aggelakis personally selects all the clams from her suppliers’ trucks each morning. The chosen ones are “washed” in evaporated milk, coated with corn flour and white pastry flour, then twice-fried for perfect taste and texture. The Box changes its cooking oil twice daily, insuring an amazing deep-fried treat that never disappoints. Ipswich, MA. 978-356-9707;

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Fish and crab salad sandwiches, Farnham’s, Essex, MA.

J. T. Farnham’s Seafood and Grill This modest roadhouse on Route 133 (also known as the “Clam Highway”) cooks its clams and other deep-fried seafood in a mixture of vegetable oil and animal fat, providing a major flavor boost to everything that comes out of the deep fryers. Also, be sure to try their “Best Seafood Chowder,” with its creamy, tomato-streaked broth that’s loaded with fresh clams, haddock, shrimp, sea scallops, and lobster. Essex, MA.  978-768-6643

Markey’s Lobster Pool One of two large seafood emporiums located at the gateway to Seabrook’s public beaches (the other is Brown’s, across the street), Markey’s is a rollicking, fun place with a large covered deck out back that hangs over the tidal Blackwater River. Owner Tom Markey presides over the deep fryers, and he cooks up some excellent clams, scallops, haddock, shrimp, and fried lobster. There’s also a monstrous fried seafood platter topped with two fried lobster tails. Seabrook, NH. 603-474-2851;

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The clams at The Clam Shack in Kennebunkport, Maine, are cooked and served in wonderfully crisp, chewy portions by the platter or the pint.

The Clam Shack (Kennebunkport, ME) Perhaps best known for owner Steve Kingston’s award-winning lobster roll, this diminutive shack, teetering on the edge of the Kennebunk River, also serves up amazing fried clams. Other taste treats at the Shack include a flavorful clam chowder and a light, crispy fried haddock sandwich.  Kennebunkport, ME. 207-967-3321;

Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale This Connecticut shoreline institution, just up the road from Hammonasset Beach State Park, is a year-round seafood palace, serving up deep-fried platters of clams, scallops, shrimp, and wonderfully tasty scrod. Lighter fare in the form of grilled and broiled seafood and fresh, steamed lobster round out the menu. Their hot, buttered lobster roll is a shoreline classic. Madison, CT. 203-245-7289;

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The fried clams at The Clam Shack in Falmouth, Massachusetts, are likely the best on Cape Cod.

The Clam Shack (Falmouth, MA) This tiny, rough-hewn, wooden shack shares dock space with ferryboats shuttling fun seekers to and from Martha’s Vineyard. It’s only open three months each year, and there are maybe ten items on the menu. But the fried clams are likely the best on Cape Cod, due to the freshness of the clams and the love and care the father-and-son owners put into their preparation and cooking. Be sure to grab a picnic table out back to enjoy the comings and goings of the ferries and other boats in the harbor. Falmouth, MA. 508-540-7758

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Evelyn’s Drive-in in Tiverton, Rhode Island, serves their seafood up with side of serenity.

Evelyn’s Drive-In Serenity reigns at this clam shack nestled on the shores of Nanaquaket Pond in eastern Rhode Island. There’s a sign by the kitchen that reads: If You’re in a Hurry, You’re in the Wrong Place. Owners Jane and Domenic Bitto delight their customers with deep-fried seafood, excellent clear-broth clam chowder, light, fluffy clam cakes, and exotic lobster chow mein. Be sure to catch a sunset from the back patio while sipping a Newport Storm beer, glass of wine, or cocktail. Tiverton, RI. 401-624-3100;

Woodman’s of Essex This is the place where, they say, the fried clam was invented nearly a hundred years ago. To many, Woodman’s is the gold standard for fried clams. The key to Woodman’s success and longevity in the deep fried clam world is the lard they use in their deep fryers. Founder Lawrence “Chubby” Woodman used it back in 1916, and lard is still used today. The clams are sweet, tender, and crunchy, and they come from local clam beds in Essex and Ipswich, considered by many to be the best in the world. Don’t miss the batter-fried onion rings or the deep-fried lobster tail. Essex, MA. 978-768-6057;

Mike Urban


Mike Urban


Mike Urban is an award-winning food and travel writer and a regular contributor to Yankee Magazine. He is the author of four books: Lobster Shacks, Clam Shacks, The New England Seafood Markets Cookbook, and The New England Diner Cookbook. He lives in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, with his wife and four children. Connect with Mike Urban on LinkedIn!
Updated Monday, July 27th, 2015

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162 Responses to 10 Best Clam Shacks in New England

  1. Les Elder June 10, 2014 at 7:24 am #

    You forgot one of the Best if New England, Bob’s Clam Hut, Rt 1, Kittery Maine.

    • Pauline Bautista June 10, 2014 at 8:27 am #

      I agree, Les…Bob’s Clam Hut in Kittery is definitely one of the best of New England!!!

    • Anthony June 11, 2014 at 11:44 am #

      Yes, indeed! Bob’s is the best, although they recently lost the best reason of all for going there and enjoying a half and half plate… she will be missed by all who knew her, and going there will never seem the same without her smile to greet you.

      • Mary McGann June 11, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

        I agree Bob’s in Kittery is a great clam shack!

    • Wayne June 15, 2014 at 1:04 am #

      Has anyone been to Altonbay? Pop’s Clam Shell has been crankin’ out wicked pissa clams for almost like forever. A must stop every time I roll into the shire,lol. New Hampshire that is. As like most places it can be pricey, but the portions are most generous

      • Sandy July 3, 2016 at 12:38 pm #

        I agree. It’s so hard waiting for their opening every year! Can’t ask for better scallops, jumbo shrimp and clams, and with such an accommodating staff, it’s a pleasure to go to Pop’s Clam Shell!

    • Betty SS June 15, 2014 at 6:54 am #

      Our first stop going into Maine from N Carolina ! Delicious ! Great service !

    • MaryJo June 18, 2014 at 9:21 am #

      Bob’s is really good!

    • Eric March 16, 2015 at 3:06 pm #

      Amen!! How was Bob’s possibly overlooked??!

    • big g July 18, 2015 at 11:24 am #

      Just try to get in there going north on route 1, there was a gap and I thought this guy was going to let me in and he tried to close the gap when I was trying to turn left gong in there.

  2. Cori P3 June 10, 2014 at 7:32 am #

    Too bad Flo’s in Middletown, RI didn’t make the list. :( :(

    • Chris June 10, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

      The ORIGINAL Flo’s in Portsmouth, RI is better still. Though I’m kinda disappointed they replaced their trademark painted rocks with glow-and-vibrate lobster. Way too Applebee’s for me.

      • James foley October 6, 2015 at 10:41 pm #

        Flo’s is the best,sure do miss it
        I live in Virginia and can’t get any good seafood. Need to make a trip back to Portsmouth for some good seafood.
        I went to Portsmouth High

    • Rachel June 16, 2015 at 11:20 am #

      I was just thinking the same thing! I grew up in Fall River and everyone knows Flo’s is awesome!

    • shulamit July 17, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

      Love Flo’s!

    • Leo July 17, 2015 at 5:48 pm #

      Flos has gone down hill in the past couple of years. The quality of the clams is not as good as in the past. Tha french fries are also not as good as they use to be. My new place for GREAT FRIED CLAMS is Igies Doughboys either in Warwick or Narraganset R.I. They are the best.

    • mx5 July 22, 2015 at 10:52 pm #

      Champlin’s is #1 in R.I. although your list is great there of course has to be overlooks. there are so many good ones, Flo’s in R.I is overrated for clams but everything else is damn good. Dube’s in Salem and the shack in Falmouth ( I go for the view) are nice.

  3. Chris Hall June 10, 2014 at 8:14 am #

    Can’t believe you missed the best one of all the legendary Dube’s on Jefferson Ave Salem, puts the others to shame….light and no grease

    • mackytack June 11, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

      dube’s is good, but doesn’t hold a candle to clam box!!!

      • linda July 18, 2015 at 9:08 pm #

        clam box is too busy long long line not worth it in the end either I’ll take Woodmans over that

    • mackytack June 11, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

      Woodman’s is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO overrated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Been there a handful of times to give it another chance…all set with that! Way too greasy, and just bland.
      Clam box, hands down, absolute best!

      • Lnichols June 15, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

        you can’t beat Woodmans Fried lobster..and clams, I have to disagree! Love Lenny and Joes too!

      • phil sullivan March 25, 2015 at 9:25 am #

        I agree woodmans does not even make the top 10

    • David Wayne Nappi August 23, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

      I would agree that they have the greatest seafood but I don’t know if it can be considered a “clam shack”

      • David Wayne Nappi August 23, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

        That was made on the wrong thread… SMH I must be getting old

  4. Chris Hall June 10, 2014 at 8:15 am #

    Can’t believe you missed the best one of all Dube’s on Jefferson Ave Salem

    • Betty June 14, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

      Definitely Dubes!!!!! They are the best!

    • David Wayne Nappi August 23, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

      Dube’s is great but not sure it can be considered a “Clam Shack”

  5. Kin June 10, 2014 at 8:36 am #

    ewwww. They are ALL disgusting.

  6. Nancy June 10, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    Kreme and Kone……best on Cape Cod …..West Dennis

    • Nancy T June 15, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

      I totally agree with Kreme and Kone. The very best!

    • Martha July 1, 2015 at 11:16 pm #

      Another vote for Kreme and Kone! SO good!

    • Kevin September 30, 2015 at 7:42 pm #

      Agreed, Kream ‘n Kone is the best fried seafood I’ve ever had, hands down

  7. Keith Gonsalves June 10, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    Blounts clam shack two locations in Rhode Island, Riverside at a historic carousel with a park and beach across the street the best white chowder and a full range of seafood including a fish ruben, and Warren on the water with the same great food great and a wonderful New England location on the working water front of a small town.

  8. Robbin June 10, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    You only forgot one of the best, Essex Seafood!!!!!! Just as good as Woodman’s, if not better!!!!

    • Rene' June 10, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

      Yes! How could one skip Essex Seafood? Farnhams used to be great but heaven knows what the new recipe is for batter and deep at. Ick. LOVE Essex Seafood!

      • Nature June 11, 2014 at 12:52 am #

        yup Essex Seafood the best.

    • Marylee Marsh June 11, 2014 at 10:22 am #

      Absolutely! Essex Seafood is excellent!

      • fm March 11, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

        Essex seafood the best!! Clam Box, Farnham’s and Woodman’s?? are tourist traps. Bob’s in Kittery is excellent also!

  9. Andrea June 10, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    How about Ubertis on Ferry Blvd. Stratford,Ct. ? Every thing so good, and, a fresh seafood store right in
    the same place !
    To take your order, & sit down at Bonds’ Dock is heaven.

    • steve g July 18, 2015 at 7:11 pm #

      how About Lennies in Bradford neck

  10. Miquel June 10, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    I agree with Robbin, Essex Seafood! We were there again on Saturday, huge pile of light and crispy clams. BYOB too….shhhhhh! When in ME, Gurnet Trading Co. in Brunswick, you wont find fresher clams…typically dug that morning!

  11. Paula McGill June 10, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    I would add an old favorite, Aunt Carrie’s in Narragansett, RI.

    • Johnny June 14, 2015 at 6:28 pm #

      Been going to Aunt Carries for 35 years. I hate to say it but its not the same anymore. Fried clams were nothing more than strips the last two times i had them. Done. Ill drive to Flo’s… not anywhere in the league of the Clam Shack or Clam Hut, but better than Aunt Carries. Such a shame. Was great years ago.

      • sandy July 17, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

        Flo’s in Middletown, Ri is The best. I have friends and family that come from as far as California for Flo’s Fried Clams.

  12. Sea June 10, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    My favorite has always been Champlin’s in Narrangansett, RI.

  13. LobstahLovah49 June 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    Disagree. Where’s Becky’s Dinah in Portland?! What about clam chowder?

  14. Sheila Louise Chapman June 10, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    The best clams in all of New England are the ones at Bob’s Clam Hut… Route 1 Kittery, Maine… It has been opened since 1956…

  15. Julie R June 10, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    I am like Brown’s better than Markeys, they are better in my opinon

    • Peter Goodspeed June 14, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

      I agree. Browns is the best been going there once 1960

    • MaryJo June 18, 2014 at 9:23 am #

      Brown’s is so much better! The only place for locals and visitors

  16. Bob June 10, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

    Ronnies in Auburn in Mass and Creme & Kone on rt 6 in Dennisport are de best!

  17. Paula Cunha June 10, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    I am sorry to say but I disagree with Evelyns I thought the fried clams were just awful I do not know how they made the list even the clam chowder and clamcakes were terrible…

    • Deane C June 11, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

      Agree, the fish and chips I’ve had there were overcooked, tried many times, always too well done.

    • Jacky Carlson August 22, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

      Tried clams, clam cakes and chowder at Evelyn’s and none to the items lived up to the hype. Also disagree about Flo’s in Newport, not much better. Bob’s in Kittery was awesome. Ate at the Clam Box in Ipswich a few weeks ago and not as good as Bob’s. Our pick in RI is Champlin’s for fried clams.

    • Johnny June 14, 2015 at 6:34 pm #

      Couldn’t agree more. last time I tried Evelyn’s it was terrible. unfortunately, despite the fact that its called the ocean state, I can’t think of one clam Shack that I would highly recommend in RI. Flo’s is nothing to write home about, Evelyns is awful, Iggies is nothing more than clam strips with one or two small bellies and sadky, Aunt Carries has going downhill over the last three years is is nothing like it was once.

      • Leo July 17, 2015 at 5:53 pm #

        Next time order the whole clam and not the clam strips.

  18. David Jones June 10, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

    Best is Silver Ranch, Jaffrey NH

  19. Carrie Martin June 10, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    These are our favorites:

    Two Little Fish on Atlantic Ave in Westerly, RI
    Pete’s Seafood in Greenfield, MA
    Ocean Harvest, Keene, NH

    • ChrisB. June 11, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

      I second the vote for Two Little Fish in Westerly!

  20. kim June 10, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

    I don’t agree with Woodman’s or Markey’s they used to be so good but the last summer I ate at Woodman’s twice and both times I got sick(Fried Clams the first time and Lobster the second time) Same as Markey’s I ate there 3 times last year and I got sick, went back again this year only a few weeks ago and got very sick!!! I ate at the Clam box several times and nothing as well as Bell Isle nothing happened! Dube’s in Salem is great as well as I thinks it’s Bob’s in Kittery!! Bon Appetite!!!

    • Rich June 11, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

      Sounds like you have a stomach issue. Woodmans is more atmosphere but still great food.

  21. Karyn June 11, 2014 at 1:05 am #

    Jake’s Seafood
    Wells, ME

    • Suznmy June 14, 2014 at 8:07 am #

      Jake’s without a doubt.

      • Barb August 21, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

        Love Jake’s. Good food, decent prices, and generous portions.

    • Kim March 13, 2015 at 2:56 am #

      Mmmm love Jakes! And Mikes Clam Shack in Wells too!

  22. Gary Smith June 11, 2014 at 6:43 am #

    You certainly forgot one of the best, Reds Eats on Main Street, just before the bridge in Wiscasset, Maine. When you talk about Fried Clams always think Maine, all others are 2nd best.

    • Katie Goodell June 11, 2014 at 10:07 am #

      yum! Reds eats! THats like the best in Maine!
      Also Teds Fried Clams in Acton Maine!

  23. Barry N June 11, 2014 at 7:00 am #

    A good list for people “from away.” But filled with the usual suspects, many well-deserved. Add to this list Mike’s Stand/Geary Bros in Putnam,CT. Not an obvious choice or a tourist trap, but those who know about it enjoy excellent fried seafood, simply and freshly prepared.

    • Sarah Shaw July 12, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

      It’s Mike’s Stand/ Deary Bros in Putnam, Ct., and the fried clams are amazing. It’s definitely a hidden gem

  24. John Hall June 11, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    You missed The Red Barn, Augusta, ME.

  25. Ruth June 11, 2014 at 8:26 am #

    Liam’s at Nauset Beach in Orleans!!! GREAT clams and you can eat them right on the beach. Does not get better than that!

  26. Madeline thomas June 11, 2014 at 10:35 am #

    My all time favorite not listed on Thames river Fred shanntys,,,awesome!

  27. Deb June 11, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    You have to try Barlow’s Clam Shack in Bourne, MA. Right across from the Cape Cod Canal. THE BEST Fried Clams, Lobster Rolls and Onion Rings !!!!!

    • Joanne July 18, 2015 at 7:38 am #

      Agree ………. Barlow’s clams are the BEST. It is a typical Cape Cod “shack” with excellent food and wonderful people who work there. I never go to the Cape without making a stop for either the clams or lobster roll.

  28. Ed Gaibl June 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    The Red Wing Diner on Rte. 1, Walpole, Ma., excellent also.

    • Bob June 14, 2014 at 10:41 am #

      I went to the Red Wing a year ago specifically for the clams and was hugely disappointed. The place was cramped and noisy, and the clams were overcooked.

  29. sea clam June 11, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

    Your all wrong . I make the best fried clam . Born and raised on the north shore . . Dig my own and cook my own … PRICELESS

  30. Debbie Nelson June 11, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

    Lena’s in Salisbury, MA is excellent. Batter fried, all nice and puffy. Check it out.

  31. Dan Cooney June 12, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    Great piece Yankee! Oxford Creamery, Mattapoisett, MA Kool Kone, Wareham, MA

  32. Java June 12, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

    You’re missing Kelly’s Roast Beef on Revere Beach, 5 miles from Logan Airport, ! BEST Fried Clams and Lobster Rolls in New England ! Roast Beef sandwiches make a great Surf & Turf Combo !!!

  33. Janet-Lee June 14, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    Al’s Seafood in North Hampton, NH Hands down better than anywhere in the northeast.

  34. Joanie June 14, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    U forgot Cookes Seafood !!!!

  35. Kate June 14, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

    Arnold’s in Eastham,Park Lunch in Amesbury

    • Smith Burrillville August 22, 2015 at 12:23 pm #

      Arnolds was me favorite as a boy.

  36. Richie June 14, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

    The Causeway in Glouster

  37. Richie June 14, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

    Great fried clams and great fish chowder

  38. Cheryl June 14, 2014 at 11:07 pm #

    Hands down…#1 is the Clam Box in Ipswich..#2 Blue Marlin in Essex…and you can toss out Farnham’s altogether.

  39. Pritch June 15, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    You have to include the Clam Box on Wollaston Beach in Quincy, MA…which is also the site of the original Howard Johnson’s stand.

  40. Rebecca lefebvre June 15, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    I think they forgot about hanks dairy bar! Best seafood shack around !!! It’s in Plainfield ct

  41. David Goldstein June 15, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    I gotta agree with Dube’s. Deep fried awesomeness and the nicest waitstaff I’ve ever encountered.

  42. David Goldstein June 15, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    Fisherman’s Catch in Wells, Maine has clams and lobsta that are as good or better than anyone’s. Just sayin.

    • Barb August 21, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

      Another great place to eat in Wells.

  43. Sherri Q June 16, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    Been to Evelyn’s in RI and I didn’t think they were that great. I can’t believe that Horton’s in East Providence didn’t make this list, though. They have won the Providence Phoenix’s “Best of Rhode Island” many times over. My husband and I have been dining there almost weekly (Spring through Fall) for the past 15 or so years. No water view; in fact, not much of a view at all, but hands down one of the best places for fried clams I’ve ever been to. We used to travel to Plymouth to go to Sousa’s (now closed I think) until we found Horton’s.

    • carol July 17, 2015 at 11:15 pm #

      Unfortunately, Hortons has closed. :(

  44. Maureen June 18, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    I have to say he missed Bob’s Clam Hut in Kittery, Maine! It’s wonderful and open year round. The staff/family is not only pleasant, professional but treat you like family when you’re there! They have amazing food, service and atmosphere! You need to add them to the list! It’s a crime not to have them on the list!

  45. Wendy June 18, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    Seafood Haven in Westerly RI is my absolute favorite!

  46. ct coast June 18, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    Dad’s in Niantic CT use to be one of the best! It’s been a few years since I’ve been there and I know ownership has changed… but MAN – I still dream about those whole bellies and onion rings!

    • Agnes July 1, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

      Dads is the best in Ct. Fried oysters, clams and lobster rolls are to die for !!

  47. Judi June 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    Essex Seafood, Clambox, Woodman’a (gluten-free) and Dube’s. If you’re out late at night, then Kelly’so on Revere Beach.

  48. Steve August 1, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    Woodman’s has definitely gone downhill over the past few years. Soggy clams more often than not. There was a group of about 6 of us, and afterwards every one of us was in agreement that Woodman’s just wasn’t that good anymore. Since then, we always go to JT Farnham’s now. JT Farnham’s has been perfect every time we go there! The clams are sweet and crisp, and the onion rings are great too.

  49. Edythe August 7, 2014 at 12:55 am #

    Surprisingly inland, Captain Jack’s Shack in Easthampton, MA has fabulous fried clams, oysters and scallops. They really care about the quality of their food.

    • Mark L August 24, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

      Yes, Captain Jack’s is GREAT! Better than ANY shack I’ve been to on the shore.

  50. Jody August 21, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    Huot’s, Camp Ellis, Saco, Maine

  51. QUARRY HOLES August 22, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    Heck, they’re all good. Depends how many beers you’ve quaffed.

  52. Sue Rowe August 22, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    For sweet best clams you really need to make a visit to Larry’s Clam Bar in Plaistow NH. Family owned buisness been around for years and we have tried every single clam bar around even Bob’s Clam House and your number #1 pick of the Clam Box. Larry’s is totally the best. If you haven’t been I encourage you to go and order a side of clams.. Lots for your money..

  53. Jill August 22, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

    Supreme seafood north Branford,ct — we driver over an hour just for their clam strip dinners. They’re not all breading not greasy

  54. Suzi August 23, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    As a resident of Seabrook, NH, and always in the area, you made a big mistake in chosing Markies over Browns. No comparison. If it is booze you want with your meal, Browns is BYOB, and you can buy your setups. If you are from here, you wouldn’t think of going across the road to Markies.

  55. Jim W. August 23, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    Oxford Creamery really is above the rest….its better different ! We had a good plate on our way to Cape Cod

  56. ELISSA HELFERS August 24, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    You forgot to mention Supreme Seafood on rte 80 North Branford, CT!

    • ELISSA HELFERS August 24, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

      By the way it’s co-owned by my cousin Vinny, but I am not showing any partiality here by no means.

  57. Pat August 30, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    Here’s the problem with your list, guys: You never say when/whether you’re talking about clam strips or whole clams with bellies. Clam aficionados generally have a strong preference (for me, it’s the latter). To illustrate: Your pic of the Clam Shack in Falmouth, MA shows whole clams; the pic from the Clam Shack in Kennebunkport shows clam strips. The fact that the piece doesn’t even make mention of the difference indicates the writer doesn’t really know from fried clams!

  58. Chris September 6, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    Bob’s Clam Hut in Kittery, Maine is, hands down, the best clam shack on the east coast. Nothing else is even close at any price.

    Best lobster roll I’ve ever had (and I’ve eaten hundreds) is Eventide in Portland. Overpriced? perhaps. Small portion? Yup. Best lobster roll on a homemade steamed bun ever? Definitely. By a large margin. So bring $26 and eat two of them. Eventide half boils the lobsters then takes it out of the shell and sautes the meat in a brown butter/light lemon vinaigrette. Beyond epic. Actually ruined every lobster roll I’ve had since. Those smart foodie Eventide folks :-)

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  60. Agawam Brad September 13, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

    Kreme N Kone in West Dennis is the best! For inland clams try Ronnies in Auburn. As good as mist places by the shore.

  61. Seth September 23, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

    There is a spot in Mystic CT, on the main drag somewhere between I 95 and the seaport, or maybe passed the seaport and into downtown. (It’s been a while) but I think it’s called the SeaSwirl and I remember it being a little shack in a parking lot. Always stopped here for clam strip rolls for lunch when working in the area years ago.

    • ChrisP September 9, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

      Yep – Sea Swirl has the best fried clams I’ve eaten. Of course, I’ve only tried Woodman’s from the list everyone else has posted. Maybe I need to do a clam trip next summer???

  62. Priscilla November 25, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    You left out the Sea Swirl in Mystic, CT. Great clams; especially the whole bellies. The lobster rolls are also good too.

  63. Christine March 10, 2015 at 10:31 pm #

    Stowes in West Haven CT!

  64. Kim March 13, 2015 at 2:59 am #

    Mike’s Clam Shack in Wells Maine is by far one of my favorite seafood places ever!!

  65. Erin March 28, 2015 at 1:41 am #

    their fried clams are amazing! I had the belly clams! Goldenrods is in Manchester New Hampshire. Every time I go there everybody orders clams and it’s always busy in there. They give you a big portion. Definitely worth your money.

  66. sully April 18, 2015 at 11:43 am #

    we have eaten all along the new England coast and woodmans does not rate in top 10 no way

  67. Steve June 19, 2015 at 11:23 pm #

    Wow, while I wasn’t too surprised, the omission of Essex Seafood is a bummer. But, let the tourists go where they go, and I’ll be one step closer to them calling my number at the best place around. Essex Seafood!

  68. Paul June 30, 2015 at 3:24 pm #

    Richard’s Seafood Rest. Route 109 Wells Maine just over the line from North Berwick. Clams there are very good so is the lobster pie.

  69. Bob July 1, 2015 at 5:01 am #

    Clams, I lived in Ipswich for 35 years. Yes the Clam Box is good. Best clams are in Cornish Maine at a café. Beats all in New England. Cant remember its name. Worth the ride.

  70. Kathy July 2, 2015 at 7:58 am #

    Nobody does fried clams better than J.T. Farnham’s in Essex, MA.

  71. Lisa July 2, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

    Iggy’s is a great place too in RI!

  72. Debbie July 3, 2015 at 9:07 pm #

    I like The Bayside in Westport, Massacusetts for fried clams!

  73. Doug July 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

    Also in Essex is the Village restaurant. Awesome clams, way better than Woodmans.

    • sperry July 17, 2015 at 11:53 pm #

      Browns in Hampton Beach NH, the best…. this place sells the real deal, not those tiny belly strips– so called clams. What happened to the big belly clams that we used to get? Browns has them.

  74. Hal July 17, 2015 at 5:09 pm #

    You forgot probably the best place in Ipswich, MA for whole belly fried clams, and that is: Ipswich Clambake Co, 196 High Street. None of the other places mentioned can beat them!

  75. Mark July 17, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

    Westbrook Lobster Restaurant (Westbrook, CT) is (much) better then Lenny and Joe’s (sorry guys). Their fried clams are consistently fresh, and should you opt for lobster…well, it’s equally delicious. Friendly atmosphere to boot!…wait a minute, why am I letting others in on my secret….darn!!

  76. Andrea July 17, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

    You missed Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock in New London, Connecticut. It’s tucked out of the way and has AMAZING food!!! When I’m back in my hometown(I live in Florida now), I make sure to stop by for clam fritters and Rhode Island(clear broth) clam chowder!!! Omg, yum!!!!

  77. Bob July 17, 2015 at 10:37 pm #

    Bob’s in Kittery is outstanding. Every year to Northern Maine,fishing,we have to stop at Bob’s in Kittery

  78. Kinnster July 18, 2015 at 5:21 am #

    Most people think all the best fried clams are in places by the ocean but The Red Barn in Augusta, ME has WONDERFUL fried, whole belly clams! I crave them all the time I’m in Florida and can’t wait to get some when I get home to Maine. The owners of the Red Barn are also the nicest people you could ever meet and are always available to help people in need by hosting events to raise needed funds. Sweet people, Sweet clams!

  79. Dee July 18, 2015 at 8:35 am #

    Blount in Bristol RI. right on the harbor is A HUGE favorite…only outdoor seating. The best I feel

  80. Mike July 18, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

    Peteys, Rye Nh.

  81. Deb D July 18, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

    The Lost Gull Fish-N-Chips in Oxford, Maine.
    Delicious clams and generous portions! Some of the best I’ve ever had!

  82. Sophie July 20, 2015 at 9:27 am #

    Cobies in Brewster is good, but the Friendly Fisherman in Eastham on Route 6 has better clams and a better lobster roll. And you have to love Mac’s on the Pier in Wellfleet–great fried seafood and you get to enjoy it on Mayo Beach.

    And where is The Thirsty Whale of Bar Harbor on this list? They have the best fried clams on the East Coast, bar none!

  83. Joyce D-B July 28, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

    Haven’t tried Lena’s in Salisbury. I don’t see many South Shore entries (ie Plymouth) but being from the North Shore had to pass-on my ratings 1-10 (still looking for that 10): 9-Burlington Escadrille Restaurant whole clams but inconsistent, 8- Essex Blue Marlin whole clams, 7-Ipswich Clam Box whole, 6-tied Essex Village & Skipper’s Galley Restaurants, 5-Plymouth East Bay Grille, 4-Plymouth Lobster Pot, 3-Plymouth Wood’s Restaurant, 2- Essex Farnham’s, 1-Essex Woodman’s, and the worst was Essex Seafood, There in 2010 we waited over an hour for our food watching sunset turn to nightfall and closing. Our fried dinners not properly or thoroughly cooked, we had to ask to cook more and eating less than half, ended up both getting very sick.

  84. Joyce D-B July 28, 2015 at 10:44 pm #

    Larry’s in Plaistow NH is good too but inconsistent. Riley’s on Revere Beach is too salty and overcooked same for Saugus site.

  85. Rob Allen July 29, 2015 at 6:37 am #

    I have been to and eaten in every state in New England multiple times since childhood. The best is a matter of opinion. That being said some of the finest eating New England clam strips are at the Liberty Bell Roast Beef and Seafood in Melrose, MA. No kidding this place is great!!

    • Ed V. July 1, 2016 at 6:49 pm #

      Lena’s is good, not my favorite. But it was my Father’s favorite. And I bought him seafood plate from here for his last non-hospital food before he passed away.

      How could anybody from Mass eat clam strips?

    • Ed V. July 1, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

      The Park Lunch in Newburyport has great fried clams. Seafood Shanty on Cape Cod Canal is some of the best seafood anywhere, including the best fried clams I have eaten.

  86. Chris July 30, 2015 at 9:12 am #

    Red Wing in Walpole, MA is the best!

  87. caroline July 30, 2015 at 11:04 pm #

    You forgot Brown’s Lobster Pound . I’ve tried Brown’s Lobster Pound and Woodsman’s and my family preferred Brown’s.

  88. Jim McCutcheon August 1, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

    Maybe you cant call it a clam shack but the Red Wing Diner in Walpole MA has the best whole belly clams I have ever had.

  89. Maureen August 19, 2015 at 8:48 pm #

    Ate at the clam shack in Ipswich MA growing up 40 years ago on our way to and from our cottage on the cape. Always had the best whole belly clams and lobster rolls.

  90. LARRY August 26, 2015 at 10:25 pm #

    The Beach Plum in Portsmith New Hampshire

  91. Paul September 17, 2015 at 1:12 am #

    Skippers in Saco, ME. Serves delicious clams. Dry not greasy. Not that far from OOB and Ogunguit. Unbeatable salmon pie on Fridays.

  92. Karen October 14, 2015 at 5:54 am #

    Bayhaven in Cornish, Maine is by far the best seafood.

  93. Louise April 5, 2016 at 5:39 pm #

    My favorite is Captain Scotts Lobster Dock in New London, CT…hot lobster rolls and steamers are the best!!!

  94. Ernie Larsen June 11, 2016 at 9:47 am #

    There are certainly more than 10 great clam-shacks in New England – almost every coastal town has their “FAV” – In CT we have plenty of choices. I travel to ME every summer and whilst waiting in traffic in Wiscasset i oft get out of traffic abd head for “Red’s” – just before the bridge……known more for their signature lobster roll, however they do serve a decent fried bivalve…..

  95. Sonia June 16, 2016 at 9:47 pm #

    Ipswich Clam Bake or Choate Bridge Pub are FAR better than the Clam Box. Obviously didn’t go beyond the commercial places in Ipswich. The locals stay away from the Clam Box.

  96. Denise Karlin July 1, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

    I agree that Bob’s Clam Hut in Kittery, Maine is by far the best.

  97. Jim McCutcheon July 1, 2016 at 1:56 pm #

    The Red Wing Diner has and has had the best fried clams for the last 50 years (I can personally vouch for that!).

  98. Dottie Carter July 1, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

    So many “likes” by so many people. I absolutely love Woodman’s in Essex. Was there a few weeks ago. That being said, my lunch companion pointed out that the clams seem to be smaller than in the past. Has anyone else noticed this? I have also loved Bob’s in Kittery in the past.
    Now to bring up another observation – the MA North Shore has always been known for excellent baked stuffed shrimp. I was at an event in a restaurant in June & ordered baked stuffed shrimp – it was the most disgusting meal – it was just a plate of mush, the stuffing & the shrimp. I was so disappointed! I live in St. Louis MO and always look forward to good seafood when I go “back home”.

  99. Janet July 1, 2016 at 8:27 pm #

    I have tried many and I think Dino’s in North Haven Ct has best fried clams and oysters…Lenny and Joes is not that great !

  100. abbey July 2, 2016 at 2:35 pm #

    GO INLAND! The Four Leaf Clover in Bernardston, MA, and the Fishhook in Northampton, MA are The BEST….and Cheaper! Just as fresh….the come over to western MA daily. A MUCH better buy . You are not paying for the seashore ambiance…(which is free, anyway..). Just paying for a great meal.

  101. Mary Warren July 2, 2016 at 7:14 pm #

    I grew up in CT and the best place to get those fried clams was at Jimmy’s. I’m guessing it’s not there any longer – or maybe now under a different name, but Wow, I’ll never forget Jimmy’s. It was down near the water near an amusement park, but darned if I can remember the name of that. It’s been a long time.

  102. Barbie Walsh July 2, 2016 at 10:25 pm #

    Jakes Seafoods in Hull, Ma (Nantasket Beach) Fabulous!

  103. Sandy July 3, 2016 at 10:26 am #

    Can Not BELIEVE that no one mentioned Captain Frosty’s in Dennis!

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