Wasn't able to make it on the clam crawl recently, but have been indulging the urge at a few places lately.
About a month ago went to Turner Fisheries in Melrose. Usually we've had pretty good seafood here but these clams were a big disappointment. They were soggy, lukewarm and tasted way too fishy.
About a week ago it was Seawitch on Route 1 N in Danvers/Peabody area. Clams were fairly light and crispy, with decent sized bellies but the real winner was the fried scallops, which were sweet and juicy and everything a scallop should be. What's with the fried smelts on the Fisherman's Platter? Who really eats those things?
Today was Clam Box, with a Fisherman's Platter (big bellies of course), coleslaw, onion rings and clam chowder. The chowder was on the thin side, chock full of clams, a fairly bland. Clams were, as always spectacular, light and crispy and oh so good. Bellies didn't seem overly large to me, but hit the spot. Fish and shrimp on the platter were both very good. The scallops were pretty bad. Mushy and very fishy tasting (more fishy tasting than the fish!) Onion rings were pretty bland, and coleslaw was good, not too mayonaissey.