So the clam crew went up with the thought of giving Woodman's a whirl since no one else had ever been and it had been >10 years for me. Rt. 133 was packed everywhere and I had never seen the line so long at Woodman's. Nor had Essex Seafood or Farnham's been that crowded in my trips down that road (altho it looked like something might haave been going on by the marsh at Farnham's, lots of cars and some police). We started heading toward the Agawam Diner but came across the Clam House at that intersection shortly before downtown Ipswich. I don't think that was the name of it when I ate there last year. They were fairly crowded but not like the other places and we were able to grab a table and listen to the people working there fight with each other as we waited for our plates of clams, clam strips (one person has a problem with the bellies), scallops, chowder and lobster roll. I basically just ate the scallops and clams which were actually pretty good. Had a small bite of lobster from a pretty stuffed lobster roll ($11.95 w/ fries) and our plates ran from $9.25 to $12.95 I think w/ fries, onion rings and cole slaw. Chowder was very thin, didn't taste it. I think two of our plates sat there for a bit while they yelled at each other in the kitchen, but it got a B overall from us. Stopped at White Farms for ice cream after and I remembered someone mentioning that there was a baby cone which is what a small would be at every single shop in Boston. Only $1.90 got you plenty of kahlua chip ice cream (they have so many flavors, I should have tried something else but that's a fave). This was the 2nd time we've seen a little kid get the kiddie size and it immediately toppled to the ground (they really should advertise the baby cuz that's what children should be ordering).
As a side note, I have now eaten at two of the famous RI clam places, Flo's last year and Aunt Carrie's this weekend, and those RI clams don't hold a candle to anything in the Boston (or Maine) area. Too dark batter and extra chewy clams.