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Connecticut residents/Nutmeggers: Just what exactly makes a clam shack a TRUE clam shack?

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Connecticut residents/Nutmeggers: Just what exactly makes a clam shack a TRUE clam shack?

Georgina | Jun 30, 2003 06:21 PM

Hi all,

My name's Georgina Gustin and I'm a reporter, working on a story for the New York Times Connecticut section about clam shacks in Connecticut.

The story was prompted by the recent release of the book, The New England Clam Shack Cookbook, which lists three Connecticut "clam shacks" -- The Place in Guilford, Sea Swirl in Mystic, and Abbott's Lobster in Noank. It got me thinking: what exactly defines a clam shack?

So, I'm wondering if the afficionados of the quintessential New England clam shack can help me out.

What, in your mind, is a clam shack? And if you've been going to them for some time, do they seem to be changing over the years? Do you think clam shacks are becoming a thing of the past?

Any help would be much appreciated. Please feel free to call me as well. My number is 860.227.3543.

Best,
Georgina Gustin

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