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Editors’ Choice

Seaport Grille


bons 2016 dine winner

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,



Top Dog

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,


Readers’ Choice

Woodman’s of Essex

Runner Up

Clam Box  

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,

Clam Box, 246 High St., Ipswich,  978-356-9707,