A friend of ours was visiting over the July 4th weekend and this was his third visit to Boston so had done all of the major touristy things in the city and wanted to explore more New England specialties. As it is the summer, we thought it was necessary to visit a clam shack. We have been to Woodman’s and the Clam Box so decided to try J.T. Farnham’s. None of us are fans of clams therefore we tried our essentials; fried shrimp, fried haddock, and the lobster roll. Just perfect! The shrimp and haddock were perfectly fried without too much breading and were surprisingly not greasy (that is, for fried food!) The lobster roll was also delicious with large pieces of lobster which weren’t drenched in mayonnaise. The bread was toasted just enough to support the lobster and wasn’t too buttery. The service was a little slow but we were there near the end of the night, at 8pm and they close at 9pm. While I am not sure Franham’s was better than the Clam Box, it is very close second and it far surpasses Woodman’s. In the end, the simplicity and quality of the food seemed to surprise our friend who declared it his second favorite meal of the trip (after my eggs, of course!).
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