The Hunt for Great Fried Clams Around New England Leads to J.T. Farnham's – Essex, MA

Crisp Golden Brown Whole Belly Fried Clams
Simple Shack on the Water
Simple Shack on the Water

Recently Kim and I took a foodie tour from Maine, to Boston, through Cape Cod and Rhode Island. As you can probably imagine we had a lot of wonderful food and drinks.

One thing we looked forward to and tried at many places were fried clams. These were whole belly fried clams versus clam strips that most people are used to outside of New England. We enjoy both types but it is hard to find fried whole belly clams on the west coast unless you make them yourself.

Crisp Golden Brown Whole Belly Fried Clams
Crisp Golden Brown Whole Belly Fried Clams

We had the pleasure of trying clams at six or seven places. Many were very good but the ones from J.T. Farnham’s were the best in our opinion. Just enough batter, crispy, lightly salted, and these folks can really fry!

Beautiful Location in Essex, MA
Beautiful Location in Essex, MA

J.T. Farnham’s is a simple place, a few seats inside and some picnic tables outside. They offer all kinds of seafood dishes but they are famous for their clams. They are that good! If you find yourself near Essex, MA, I strongly suggest you try these.

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