Woodman’s of Essex
Woodman’s has been in the clam business for more than 100 years, so it makes sense that the Essex institution knows a thing a or two about throwing a great clambake. Every event starts out with creamy, award-winning clam chowder before proceeding to a selection of steamed clams and mussels, boiled lobster, grilled meats, and house-made sides. From the time they arrive at your home, they can have you sipping and savoring within an hour.
119 Main St., Essex, 978-768-6451, woodmans.com
Vinwood’s clambakes combine the gourmet sensibility of a high-end caterer with the fun of casual summer dining. Start with chowder or crab cakes, then feast on steamers and lobsters, and top it all off with a make-your-own strawberry shortcake station.
3 Union St., Ipswich, 978-356-3273, vinwood.com