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The Hushpuppy of the Sea

Posted in Restaurant Seafood with tags , , on May 27, 2008 by chomposaurus


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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Ipswich Clams & Top Notch Mams

Posted in Seafood with tags , , , on May 24, 2008 by chomposaurus

I apologize for the subject of this post; P. Sundae demanded it in exchange for the pictures he took with his new SLR.

Ipswich, MA (and the neighboring town of Essex), located an hour north of Boston, is THE place to go for clams in northern New England. A half dozen restaurants specialize in serving them fresh; some in gourmet settings, but mostly in their famous fried configuration. My favorite place to go is The Clam Box, which has a secret double-frying method that leaves the batter firm but with a subtle chewiness and the clams with a lot of flavor.

Legend has it that Ipswich fried clams were invented by a local potato-chip entrepreneur looking for a way to make some money and/or delicious food out of the local delicacy. In those days, you could easily catch 200 lbs of clams per day in the Great Marsh around Cape Ann. Of course, pollution and over-harvesting have now devastated the area’s hauls. So, while clams are now brought in from places outside of Ipswich, including the southern coast of Maine, to meet the demand, it’s only in town that you can get them prepared just right.
Check out Road Food’s MA guide for more places to get great clams.

Click to see the best picture of your meat correspondent ever, along with a shot of The Clam Box’s menu. I recommend the “Two-Way Combo,” which will net you some zesty scallops as well as clams, onion rings and fries.
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