I recently visited The Clam Box in Ipswich, MA, famous for its fried seafood including scallops, mussels, haddock, and of course, its namesake, the clam strip.
One interesting aspect of the restaurant is the fact that it is shaped like a clam box, the container in which the seafood is sold.
Once inside, one is greeted with a large menu over two windows. Each customer places his order at the order window inside the restaurant, and then the food is delivered at the adjacent window in a “clam box.” You can then elect to either eat inside the restaurant dining room, which is made up of several large, wooden tables, or to take your food out to one of the picnic tables behind the parking lot. It is a simple place with simple, good food.
When I went, I ordered the fried scallops. In retrospect, I probably should have ordered the namesake clams, but I am always tempted when I see scallops. The food is everything the restaurant promises, and nothing more. The batter is tasty and the seafood is of impeccable quality. Each dish is served with french fries, simple, but a good accompaniment. I was impressed with the quality of the malt vinegar I was given when I requested it. All in all, if you are looking for a typical clam shack and are in the area, the Clam Box is a good place to hit.