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2013 Best Clam Shack, Cape Cod

Sesuit Harbor Cafe

Dennis

Some of the fun that comes from visiting the Sesuit Harbor Cafe is just knowing where to find it (hint: it’s the buoy-covered shack next to the Dennis Yacht Club,…Read More

2012 Best Clam Shack, Cape Cod

The Lobster Trap

Bourne

The golden whole-belly fried clams are worth an impromptu day trip. Add in the Buzzards Bay and Back River vistas, the newly built bar stocked with local brews, and the…Read More

2011 Best Clam Shack, Martha's Vineyard

The Bite

Chilmark

If the location in Menemsha’s western cove feels a bit desolate, rest assured: The Bite’s bright blue picnic tables will beckon like a desert oasis. You’ll quickly find yourself tearing…Read More

2011 Best Clam Shack, Cape Cod

Captain Frosty’s

Dennis

Last time we stopped at Captain Frosty’s, we spotted a crow flying off with a beakful of clam strips. Who can blame him? The shack’s golden, crisp clams are summer…Read More

2011 Best Clam Shack, Cape Cod

Captain Frosty’s

Dennis

Last time we stopped at Captain Frosty’s, we spotted a crow flying off with a beakful of clam strips. Who can blame him? The shack’s golden, crisp clams are summer…Read More

2007 Best Clam Shack, Martha's Vineyard

The Net Result

Vineyard Haven

Can a place that rolls sushi really be considered a clam shack? For the Net Result, we’ll bend the rules. The legendary Vineyard Haven fish market deals in only the…Read More

2007 Best Clam Shack, Nantucket

Sayle’s Seafood

Nantucket

If it’s true that everything good is better fried, you plain can’t lose at Sayle’s. Diners choose from tasty fresh quahogs, steamers, and lobsters, and even tastier fried clams, scallops,…Read More

2007 Best Clam Shack, Cape Cod

Captain Frosty’s

Dennis

Abandon all hope of squeezing into that teeny bikini after a feast at Captain Frosty’s, the pocket-size clam shack that’s been plying Mayflower and Corporation beachgoers and their overtaxed arteries…Read More

2006 Best Clam Shack, Martha's Vineyard

The Bite

Chilmark

Don’t snub this rickety shack without a taste test. The Bite experience is as succinct as this tiny clam stand’s name suggests. Patrons pull over to the up-island roadside stop…Read More

2006 Best Clam Shack, Nantucket

Sayle’s Seafood

Nantucket

No bivalve hut worth its sea salt is pretentious. So don’t expect glamour when you push through the swinging screen door. At $35 per person, the Clambak—a bucket of thick…Read More

2006 Best Clam Shack, Cape Cod

The Raw Bar

Mashpee

Mashpee’s New Seabury is one of the Cape’s toniest communities, brimming with quaint shops, picture-perfect lawns, and crushed-seashell pathways. The Raw Bar, which dispenses cheap beer beneath bare-breasted mermaid memorabilia,…Read More

2005 Best Clam Shack, Martha's Vineyard

The takeout window at the Home Port

Menemsha

If it’s true that any activity is more fun on the beach and that all food tastes better fried, then the Home Port scores big. The restaurant’s hidden gem is…Read More

2005 Best Clam Shack, Nantucket

Sayle’s Seafood

Nantucket

More of a fish market than a dining destination, this Nantucket favorite deep-fries clams to crispy perfection. The crunch of the outer coating is followed by a burst of sweet…Read More

2005 Best Clam Shack, Cape Cod

Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar

Eastham

Just as hot dogs are a Fenway favorite, it would be silly to skip clams on Cape Cod. And among the dozens of small shacks, Arnold’s remains a standout. This…Read More

2004 Best Clam Shack, Martha's Vineyard

Giordano’s Restaurant

Oak Bluffs

Before you board the ferry in Oak Bluffs, make time for one more taste of island living at its greasy, salty, satisfying best: a cardboard box full of Giordano’s fried…Read More

2004 Best Clam Shack, Cape Cod

Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar

Eastham

The long lines don’t lie: Arnold’s serves fried clams at their messy best alongside the fluffiest, tastiest onion rings we’ve ever eaten. The location doesn’t hurt either: It’s right on…Read More

1990 Best Clam Shack

Venus, Seafood in the Rough

Boston

The fried clams, fish-and-chips, lobsters, and rock crabs are great, but the paper plates and picnic tables on the harbor make Venus the best. Just what Boston needed. Get there…Read More

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