November 07, 2016
The Google” directed me to a wonderful place in Zephyrhills when I typed in Fried Whole-Belly Ipswich Clams one day last week. My favorite places for fried clams are The Clam Box in Ipswich, and Woodman’s in Essex, both in Massachusettes. When I operated Bailey’s Restaurant, we would have them flown in right from Ipswich.
When The Chowder House popped up as serving these delicious clams – and whole belly at that, well, I was on my way. And yes, it does take an hour from my house – but it was well worth the drive.
The Chowder Hous Ipswich fried clams were pefectly battered, perfectly fried, and perfectly briny sweet as they should be. Honestly, they may have been better than any I’ve had on the North Shore but it may have been that I was pining for my mom and dad. My mom was from Boston, and the first things us kids would do as we hit the shores of Boston in our Bill Currie Ford Country Squire station wagon, was to scream out: “Fried Clams” – and my dad would heed the calling and head right to the nearest local seafood market for a mess of these clams. Yes! We were happy campers.
A major homorable mention must go to the Lobster Roll – it was fresh and loaded with lobster – with no fillers.
Of course The Chowder House serves other fresh seafood as well – and everything I took a bite of (scallops, seabass, shrimp) were all great – but for me – I was being a “one trip pony” for my clams. Go. Go Now.
The Chowder House
Zephyrhills, Florida 3541