Photograph by Ashley Lunetta
When done right, a tasty fried clam is the ultimate indulgence—fatty, crunchy, and salty, all wrapped around a briny burst of the sea. Luckily for us, there is no shortage of places to get those delectable edibles. Seaport Grille fries them up right year-round—heaping piles of golden goodness in a spot overlooking Gloucester’s working waterfront.
6 Rowe Sq., Gloucester, 978-282-9799, seaportgrillegloucester.com
A multiple BONS winner, Top Dog serves up amazingly fresh bivalves in a crispy, light batter with a side of house made tartar sauce.
2 Doyles Cove Rd., Bearskin Neck, Rockport, 978-546-0006, topdogofrockport.com
Woodman’s of Essex
These two classic spots are pitched in perpetual battle over whose is the best—we say try both!
Woodman’s, 121 Main Street, Essex, 978-768-2559, woodmans.com
Clam Box, 246 High St., Ipswich, 978-356-9707, clamboxipswich.com