Unfortunately, with The Clam Shack being cash-only, I left Maine with an intense hankering for fried clam bellies. Driving up to Maine, I remembered driving past The Clam Box (not associated with The Clam Box of Ipswich) along Route 20, so driving back to New York, I made David stop for an emergency clam fix.
I ordered half a pint of whole belly clams ($11.99), and while it fulfilled my craving, I wasn’t 100% satisfied. While nicely fried with a crisp cornmeal coating, the bellies were small and didn’t taste super fresh. Not foul, just less fresh than desired.
David’s fish & chips ($7.99), however, were much better. The white fish was thick, moist, and had a good golden crust. The fries were your typical frozen fries, but at least they were served hot and crisp.
I wouldn’t go out of my way to go to The Clam Box, but when a seafood craving hits on the road and time is of the essence, it’ll do the deed, down and dirty. And no matter what, it’s still better than your average fast fast restaurant.