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Whole Belly (Ipswich) Fried Clams

RickTheClamBellyFan | Aug 31, 2009 02:05 PM

Just returned from a Maine vacation. Had Clam Shack clams--good. On the way back to Long Island, however, I had to detour to Essex and try Woodman's. Fugedabbouddit. Woodman's beats everything I've had in years. I'm sure there are places as good on the Cape, but seriously doubt there are any better. I just have to find something within reasonable distance to the North Shore of Long Island. I can't be driving to Essex. Probably a good thing, I guess, that these things are rather expensive, fattening and most of all--far away. Or else I'd be eating them like M&M's. Now that my search for the best fried whole bellies is over, I can relax. They're not on Long Island. Bigelow's blows and Legal is a joke. They're not in Westchester County or southern Connecticut. There's a place in Westport that was passable, but really only a few degrees above Bigelow's, and certainly not worth the drive from Long Island. So........I can live with the notion that if I really want 'em, I'll have to order shucked piss clams online and shipped and either buy the kit or learn Woodman's ratio of cornmeal to flour and spice selection. Or...drive to the cape. Maybe I'll save that trip for when I'm super rich and have a seaplane that I can fly from here to Woods Hole. Then I woke up.

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