Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Clam Box

When you think of New England regional food, you think of seafood, and fried seafood is shacks are ubiquitous on the New England coast. One of the oldest, and best, fried seafood shacks, the Clam Box, actually isn't located on the coast, but don't let that keep you from trying out this historic little roadside stop.

The Clam Box is a short drive north of Boston in Ipswich. While they offer a number of different items on their menu, it would be foolish to come here and order anything other than the fried, big belly clams.
One of the things that I don't like about a lot of fried seafood is that it usually comes out being a bunch of fried batter that completely dominates whatever it surrounds. Not so here. The Clam Box has achieved a harmonious balance between batter and clam. The big belly clams are dipped in evaporated milk and corn flower and fried to perfection. The batter is crispy and light, and the big belly, Ipswich claims are juicy, briny, and full of flavor. I'm glad we were able to fit this in on our farewell to Boston food tour. It truly is a New England classic.

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