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By: Matt Hickman on July 15, 2015, 11:30 a.m.
Clam Box restaurant in Ipswich Massachusetts

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Clam Box

Because dining inside of a house-size bivalve can be a somewhat terrifying prospect (although not completely implausible), one of the North Shore of Massachusetts’ most beloved — and impossible to miss — roadside seafood shacks offer the next best thing: dining inside of a massive, open-top takeout container customarily used to serve bivalves of the deep-fried variety.

Built in 1938, the landmark Clam Boxof Ipswich, is a most scrumptious example of programmatic architecture and, obviously, a primo destination for fried seafood: scallops, oysters, shrimp, squid, haddock and, of course, Ipswich’s famed native soft-shell clam. A no-frills BYOB joint that’s also known to serve up a mean lobster roll, all that’s missing at the Clam Box is a six-foot-tall lemon wedge and a Paul Bunyan-appropriate moist towelette in the parking lot.