Greater Boston is awash with excellent locally caught seafood, but there are few gustatory pleasures that match the consumption of a fried Ipswich clam. The clam flats of the Great Marsh — which stretches from Cape Ann to southern New Hampshire and consists of 25,000 acres of barrier beaches, dunes, salt marshes, rivers, and other water bodies — produces arguably the best soft-shell clams (also known as “steamers” or “piss clams”) in the world. It’s not shocking, then, that Greater Boston — and especially Massachusetts’ North Shore — is the place to go for the fried version.
Here are 13 of the most essential spots for fried clams in and beyond Boston, from Ipswich to Hingham.
See also: Where to Eat Seafood on the South Shore of Massachusetts
This map was originally published on October 10, 2017; it is updated periodically, and the date of the most recent update appears above.Read More