We have tried all 3 of the Essex clam shacks: Woodmans, the supposed inventor of the fried clam, Farnums and now Essex seafood. My wife prefers Farnums for clams, I think Woodmans are better, but Essex has the best onion rings. Pf the three Woodmans has the most history, Farnums has slightly better food overall but parking is nearly impossible. Essex is smaller but has ample off street parking. They all have similar interior ambiance...clam shack.... the view from the Essex is of nothing where Fsrnum has a nice marsh view. Woodmans has very good outside seating and the best view.
So Farnums, then Woodmams and 3rd is Essex . All are very good but no one beats Bob's in Kittery Maine.
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