The Hushpuppy of the Sea


I have an idea: let’s find a way to eat delicious Rhode Island clams that is even more ridiculously inefficient than just frying them! Fortunately for me, there are lots of wonderful places along the shore of The Ocean State like Aunt Carrie’s that deliver just such a product, the monolithic round of grease that is the clam cake.

A clam cake is a ball of what can be described as buttery clam-dough which is deep, deep fried and served by the half-dozen. You’re basically eating a hunk of pure fried-ness when a clam occasionally pops up. While the clams:batter ratio is not as good as the typical fried seafood, in some ways it’s more rewarding, sort of like digging for treasure with your mouth. And instead of a sand, there’s grease. Highly recommended for your next trip to our smallest state – and don’t forget the onion rings, which I must say were better here than at The Clam Box.

Hope your Memorial Day on the beach was full of good meat and mellow tides. If you had some good fried clams somewhere, let us know. And I would be in trouble if I did not mention that the chowder at Iggy’s, next door to Aunt Carrie’s, is supposedly the best!

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One Response to “The Hushpuppy of the Sea”

  1. Just reading this post makes me hungry for more clamcakes and chowder. Yum.

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