Fodor's Expert Review Woodman's of Essex

$$ Gloucester Seafood Fodor's Choice

According to local legend, this is where Lawrence "Chubby" Woodman invented the first fried clam back in 1916. Today this sprawling wooden shack with indoor booths and outdoor picnic tables is the place for seafood in the rough. Though it's in Essex, it's a quick drive from Gloucester and worth getting a to-go order to take to the beach. For fun, you can get into a lively discussion with a local over whether clam bellies or strips are the better choice.

Seafood Historical Lively Lunch Dinner $$ Fodor's Choice Family

Quick Facts

121 Main St. (Rte. 133)
Boston, Massachusetts  01929, USA


Known For:
  • Fried clams
  • Open year-round
  • The popular "down-river" lobster combo plate

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