Woodman’s of Essex, Essex
What to order: fried clams. Founder Lawrence “Chubby” Woodman claimed he invented them here in 1916. Lines have been forming outside ever since. Great clam chowder, too (see recipe at far right). Wash it all down with a Samuel Adams Summer Ale.
The view: The rooftop deck overlooks the marsh, the Essex River, and Crane Beach in the distance.
What you’ll shell out: $9–$26 per entrée.
Check it out: 121 Main Street (State 133); 800/649-1773 or woodmans.com