Fried Clams

Editors’ Choice


Seaport Grille, Gloucester 

What’s Unique: Heaping platters of crispy Ipswich clams overlooking Gloucester’s working waterfront, served with a side of perfectly seasoned coleslaw and crispy fries.

Insider tip: Sometimes the outdoor deck can be a bit breezy—grab a jacket and enjoy the fresh sea air.

Fun fact: Fans of the movie The Perfect Storm will recognize many landmarks from Seaport Grille’s deck.

6 Rowe Sq., Gloucester, 978-282-9799,



Top Dog, Rockport

Standout Qualities: They produce such a consistently perfect fried indulgence—creamy, crunchy, and salty, with a briny burst of the sea. 

What’s unique: “Select” clams, hand-chosen for their belly size, dipped in a secret recipe of corn meal, flour, and herbs, and served with house-made tartar sauce.

2 Doyles Cove Rd., Bearskin Neck, Rockport, 978-546-0006,


Readers’ Choice 

Woodman's of Essex, Essex

Insider tip: Woodman’s fried clams are gluten-free.

121 Main St., Essex, 978-768-6057,


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