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Massachusetts' Best Clam Shacks

Morgan & Owens Fried clams from the Clam Box of Ipswich.

Photo: Morgan & Owens

Maine may have lobsters, but if you’re looking for the quintessential fried clams, head straight to Massachusetts.

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Destinations: Ipswich · Northeast Massachusetts · Essex

Inspired by: Massachusetts: Clam Central, U.S.A. — by Peter Meehan, Published Jul. 2007

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    Woodman’s of Essex

    The town of Essex on the West Side of Cape Ann is famous for fried whole-belly clams. Shabby-chic Woodman’s claims to have invented the treat in 19

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    J. T. Farnham’s Seafood & Grill

    A 70-year-old landmark on the North Shore's "Clam Alley," serving excellent deep-fried bellies beside a tranquil salt marsh.

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    Essex Seafood

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    Clam Box of Ipswich

    This spot is indeed shaped like a cardboard clam box—try the creamy, delicious clam chowder.


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    Ipswich, Rockport, Gloucester, Essex

    Bostonians tend to assume "the Cape," means Cape Cod —but there's another, less-trendy cape in easy driving distance of the city, filled with beaches, inns, and roadside shackes selling killer frie



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