The results are in: We scoured the coast—and filled our paper plates—to find the seaside dives with the tastiest dishes, from fried shrimp to fish-and-chips.
Done right, this New England delicacy (whole-belly soft-shell clam meat, battered and deep-fried) supplies the ideal blend of juiciness and crunch. Kelly’s does it to perfection. What’s now a mini-chain with five locations began in 1951 at this Revere Beach take-out stand, where only the roast beef sandwiches outsell the fried clams. It’s still wildly popular and open nearly around the clock.
What you’ll shell out: $12.95 (clam roll on grilled bread with fries, onion rings, and excellent tartar sauce), $16.95 (clam plate with fries, onion rings, and tartar sauce)
Still hungry? Get the lobster roll and eat across the street at sheltered benches on the beach. 410 Revere Beach Blvd.; 781/284-9129 or kellysroastbeef.com