Woodman’s of Essex, Essex
This self-proclaimed “Yankee tradition” since 1914 claims to have invented the fried clam and still offers “Chubby’s Original” fried clams, which, according to at least one reader, are “the bomb.” The clam cakes and clam chowder have lots of admirers, too. Readers love the view from the rooftop deck; 800/649-1773 or woodmans.com.
Clam Box of Ipswich, Ipswich
The fish, scallops, and oysters taste as good as the fried clams and chowder. Look for a building shaped like a clam box (the traditional to-go container for fried clams); 978/356-9707 or ipswichma.com/clambox.
Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar, Eastham
The long lines move quickly, and the fried seafood (especially the clams) and onion rings (2,000 pounds sold every week!) are worth the wait; 508/255- 2575 or arnoldsrestaurant.com.