An addition to an earlier thread on fried clams on the lower cape.
Went to Arnolds in Eastham yesterday and was very disappointed. A half pint of clams with a handful of fries was almost $16. Ouch. And they were sandy (tooth-chipping sandy), not that flavorful and perhaps a little over-cooked. Anything can happen on any day, but it's hard to forgive excessive sandiness at those prices. Arnold's clams are adequate, not awful as they are at Cooke's in Orleans. Cooke's has a sign out front saying they were voted #1 on the Cape. I suspect ballot-stuffing.
The best fried clams we've had on the lower cape are at kream n' kone in Chatham. The second best are at cubby's in Brewster (but in all honesty, haven't been to cubby's in several years.)
I was going to end here, but conscience forces me to mention another place. Sir Cricket in Orleans. It's extremely tiny, maybe six tables and getting a place to sit is always a problem. We never mention this place for fear of making the seating problem rise to the level of impossibility. But that would sort of violate the spirit of this site.
Sir Cricket specializes in fish and chips which I think are very good, though I am certainly no expert. They also fry oysters, shrimp, calamari etc., in addition to clams. Unlike most fried seafood places, they use batter, not breading. If you like that sort of thing, sir cricket is excellent
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