Made the trip to Ipswich in search of fried clams just a few weeks ago. We came across the White Cap and stopped there for lunch on the strength of reading that it was a favorite of the Sterns ( Roadfood ). I'm sorry to report that we were somewhat disappointed with our experience. It's not a fancy place but the service was a bit scattered. I noticed that adjoining tables were getting frustrated that they couldn't pay their tabs and leave in a timely manner. Two and three servers would stop by and try to take our order - not knowing what the other was doing.
The fried clams were nicely fried....not greasy at all. But the clams were small and didn't have a lot of clam flavor. The cole slaw was pretty good. The lemonade turned out to be pink and a bit sweet. This was in the second week of October - I wonder if this is a bit late in the season? Unfortunately, we ususally don't arrive in New England until early October....am I destined to miss out on the best clams? Or was it just not a great year for clams?
On the way North we passed the Clam Box and it looked more intrigueing (and kitschy - sp? ). Plus, a good friend mentioned that she had visited Woodman's a few weeks earlier and that it was worth the visit.
The afternoon was saved by finding the Agawam Diner. We stopped by and bought pie for dessert. They are known for their cream pies....the lemon meringue pie was a bit too thickened for my taste but I really enjoyed the coconut cream pie. The older gentleman at the register was very friendly and a bit eccentric. The plates of food coming out of the kitchen loo like classic diner fare.