Cape Cod's Best Clam Shacks
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Notably missing are Cooke's in Orleans and the Lobster Pot in Provincetown. Cap'n Frosty's and Kream 'n Kone are great if you like extra grease with your fried clams
Sir Crickets is another fantastic option that was left off this list. It's so worth the trip to Orleans!! I also agree with the earlier post - Clam Shacks are called shacks for a reason. If you want fine dining, go elsewhere but the whole point of a clam shack is wicked good seafood for a good price and they can do that by not spending too much on "decor." If it was a nice, well decorated place, I would question the freshness of the seafood and assume it was frozen/processed and not fresh.
Tried Cobies on 6A in Brewster yesterday for lunch. Excellent fried clams.
Seafood Sam's in Harwich is shut down not sure of the rest of the stores. I would recommend the Original Seafood Restaurant in Dennisport.
Cap'n Frosty's was a favorite of ours until last fall when the fried clams it served were rubbery at best. We have decided not to return. Kream ;n Kone in Chatham has delicious fried clams, but they can often be overwhelmed by the batter. Liam's at Nauset Beach and Sir Crickets in Orleans are better choices for fried clams.
In Wellfleet, the most consistently sweet and juicy fried clams are at Moby Dick's on Route 6, near the Wellfleet/Truro line. Also great steamers and everything else.
Arnold's Lobster and Clam Bar - Best Lobster on the cape. There is a reason why people wait for an hour to get served. Great ice cream; also fantastic hot fudge.
I take exception to the phrase "...even if their decor leaves something to be desired,...." The writer just doesn't GET IT! New England clam places are SUPPOSED TO look rustic (e.g., unpainted, weathered wood, old boat parts in the yard that is neither landscaped nor paved over but covered with natural beach pebbles interspersed with beach grass.) And the staffs wear jeans and carpenters' aprons, not starched jackets. To upgrade the decor of such places to meet the reviewer's standards would literally RUIN their ambiance.
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