Clam Rating Guide

Discussion in 'New England' started by Mr.X, May 10, 2008.

  1. Mr.X

    Mr.X Surface Interval Member

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    Clams are special! Good fried stuff is an integral part of the late spring/summer/fall dive season in New England. There is nothing quite like inhaling the aroma of fried seafood wafting from a clam shack and secretly scuttling off to your favorite spot* with a grease-stained brown bag filled with fried Fruits-de-Mer.:D

    So, in the interest of promoting these lovely artery blockers I've created this chart. It features my obsession with fried clam bellies, as well as recommendations that came from this original thread:

    http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/new-england-lobsta-divahs/203592-best-clam-bellies-after-dive.html

    Four stars represents the epitome of "fry-dom." I have personally tried these restaurants and can vouch for them. The unmarked restaurants are recommendations by fellow SB'ers. Please feel free to share your New England area (ONLY) "fry" experiences.


    * don't forget your significant others during your gustatory moment(s) - you will never hear the end of it! :eyebrow:
     

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  2. RIOceanographer

    RIOceanographer Divemaster

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  3. Mr.X

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    My pleasure! There is nothing quite like the sounds, smells and tastes of a New England summer! :D

    X
     
  4. EastcoastdiverLLC

    EastcoastdiverLLC Scuba Instructor

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    Cool!

    Its oysters here in Maryland and we dive for them.

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  5. pdive

    pdive Barracuda

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    Just north of Foley Cove over the Rockport line is the Lobster Pool Restaurant. I know the owner so my opinion would be biased (I had the chowder today, it was good ;))but I would like to hear what other people think, and it would be worth adding to the list of Cape Ann clameries.

    Here is the website. The Lobster Pool Restaurant, Rockport, MA.
     
  6. Tom Winters

    Tom Winters Scuba Instructor

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    My hat is off to anyone who can eat more than one oyster sober. I sure would like to be able to eat them, but....aaaah, can't do it.
     
  7. MSilvia

    MSilvia Great White

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    For the record, the Hingham Lobster Pound is on the South Shore, not on Cape Cod. Although some people consider anything south of Boston "Cape Cod", it's really an hour north of the Sagamore bridge (without traffic), and less than 30 minutes from the city.

    In addition to excellent clams, their scallops, shrimp, haddock, fried lobster, oyster, bananna fritters, and onion rings are all superlative, and I understand the lobster rolls and chowder are good too, although I personally can't bring myself to order something that isn't fried when I go there... they just do such a fantastic job with it.
     
  8. Mr.X

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    I'll make some geographic corrections on a updated belly guide, plus include the Lobster Pound @ Rockport. Please keep the recommendations coming and I'll make sure that divers visiting MA,ME, NH,VT, RI, or CT will have a choice of gastronomic delights...mostly fried! :D

    BTW - for clam lovers there's a site called: Home Page at www.WeLoveClams.com

    Cheers,

    X
     
  9. Mr.X

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    An update on the clam guide. I am checking out more restaurants...Amelias has now been downrated to "1" stars. The wife insisted on going there. She ordered clam bellies for me, and chowder for herself. The chowder was watery and three swallows in - she gave up and had to run to the restroom. I had bellies which were bitter as they probably cycled the oil several times over. I was flatulent all evening. The lack of customers in the parking lot should have been a giveaway. Geeez. This rating stuff can be tuff.

    X
     
  10. ScubaGypsy

    ScubaGypsy Divemaster

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    I hardily endorse Flo's and they can be placed across the board in your pdf guide as they offer all of the selections although my personal favorite are the bellies. The Flo's I'm referring to is the Flo's shack in Island Park which is a section in the Town of Portsmouth. There is also a Flo's Clam Shack at the Newport/Middletown line across from Easton's (First) Beach and I think it is the same owners.
     
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  11. Bob3

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    Don't forget Bob's Clam Hut in Kittery!!!
    It was there that I got the idea of making lobster hot dogs...

    One month I did a cross-country jaunt checking out the different clam chowders around the country.
    I was very pleasantly surprised to find some razor clam chowder at the SEATAC airport, of all places.
    They managed to put a heap on the bowl.
    Clam Chowder Recipes
    (check out the "Northwoods" variety, made with inland clams & wild rice)
     
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  12. Mr.X

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    Thanks Scubagypsy and Bob3. I will have to update the .pdf. Always appreciate knowin' where the best clams are & aren't!

    Cheers,

    X
     
  13. xroirat

    xroirat Nassau Grouper

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    I back up pdive's recommendation regarding the Lobster Pool. Not just clams, but everything we've had there has been quite tasty and reasonably priced for the area. I've got to recommend the blueberry pie as well. Much better atmosphere than some of the others as well, especially if it's nice enough to eat outside.
    Jim
     
  14. Mr.X

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    I am adding to the guide. The Lobster Pool is certainly a nice place to go after a dive and it's a mere one minute from Folly's Cove!!! They have outdoor seating and if you have a dog pal - both of you can enjoy yourselves! :D

    The number #1 clam belly place (for now) is the Red Skiff in Rockport. The cook/owner there knows how to select and cook them. All I can say is that I am glad the winter season is over and the Red Skiff is back online. What makes the bellies there great is flavor, the delicate texture of the batter, selection of clams (full of ocean goodness), non-oily characteristic and excellent service from the staff. If you can find parking in Rockport /Bearskin Neck it's a great place to get lunch, or a casual dinner.

    The Red Skiff Restaurant - menu

    Good dining,

    X
     
  15. porgyhunter

    porgyhunter Manta Ray

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    Hey X.....On the way to the Cape...Lobster Pot...Wareham....Great fried clams...Chowder...everythin!!!
     
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  16. Mr.X

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    This has nothing to do with clams. Wanted to see how to insert a picture inside the text box without having to attach the photo as I've been doing previously. The photo is a still from HD on a plane recovery I was involved in a few years ago. Can't say more than that other than it was a lot of hard work. Cold, dark and interesting.

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    Cheers,

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    Ill second Porgy's recommendation although they are a bit cheap with the clams on the plate. But they were tasty tonight and good onion rings too.
     
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  18. lewisevans

    lewisevans wicked pissah ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I've always been a fan of Essex Seafood on 133 in Essex. It's good food, reasonably priced and has very casual atmosphere (I've been there numerous times in my drysuit undergarments). Another perk is that often times doesn't have the crowds that Woodmans or Farnhams have. Of course now that I've told y'all this I'm going to have to find a new place for my clams :D
     
  19. Mr.X

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    I am currently rating Lobster Pot #2 vs the Red Skiff. :thumb: Excellent service from a very polite and helpful young staff + clam bellies (normal size) which are coated with a light batter. Some variables might be time of the year when clams are harvested, size of bellies (extra ocean flavor) and of course - cooking expertise. The casual atmosphere of the place is great and I even got a couple of T Shirts! :D

    The funny thing about Lobster Pot is that I have been passing it by for years and years when I go to Buzzards, or Woods Hole! Thanks for the heads-up Porgy!:thumbs-up

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  20. porgyhunter

    porgyhunter Manta Ray

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    Same here X ...Passed it a million times...Then tried it...I'am getting hungry typing about it!!!!
     

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