Photo by CP (For a "larger serving" click on the image!)
This was my dinner this evening and it was wonderful. In Hyannis there are, in my estimation, two places to go for fried clams: Cooke's and Baxter's.
Both have excellent seafood but while Baxter's has the edge on ambiance (right on the water, opportunity for rustic indoor or outdoor dining), I believe Cooke's (on a commercial strip of Route 132) serves up a better offering for those hungry for seafood.
Cooke's has been voted "Best Seafood" by Cape Cod Life every year since 1993 and was voted "Best Fried Clams" by WCOD for five straight years. Ambiance aside, Cooke's clams are consistently sweet, never chewy, and battered and fried to perfection. The clams are plated over a base of french fries and topped with onion rings (high marks on the rings, too). On the side is a small cup of cole slaw (always fresh!) and tartar sauce. For kids the menu includes the usual burgers, dogs, chicken fingers and grilled cheese. For adult taste, beer and wine are served.
If you're on the Cape for at least a few days, I'd suggest you try both places and make your own decision - you won't be disappointed in either case. Baxter's has its harbor side site on Pleasant Street while you'll find a Baxter's both in Hyannis and in Mashpee.
P.S. When ordering, you'll be asked if you prefer "whole belly" clams or clam strips. If you really want to know what great fried clams taste like - go for the whole clam!
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Posted by Concord Pastor at 10:22 PM