"...Clam shack in Essex..." I know where you mean osso, and I've been there. My brother lives in Gloucester only two or three miles from Essex -as a matter of fact he's on Essex Ave!
Fried Clams 101
Not spurious strips, or corn-breading,
(together, an infernal wedding!)
and certainly not Rhody's 'clam cakes',
they're disgusting --all dough and greasy,
I'd spend not a dime on them,
nor fritter my time with them
'Whole clams only' , will please me!
Only WHOLE clams, REAL clams,
(with bellies intact)
a true clam lover will accept only that,
dredged lightly with flour
deep-fried till their golden
at a real Mollusk Mecca
-like the Essex Clam Shack!
One more thing (I'll shout louder)
ONLY WHITE CLAM CHOWDER!!