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 its North Shore — is the dope spot for the fried version.
Without further ado, here are the most essential spots for fried clams in and around Boston.
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