Fried clams are a simple dish: fresh clams (whole bellies, not those clam strips that you'd find in a Pennsylvania truck stop), a dip in some crumbs or batter, and a deep, hot oil bath until perfectly golden brown. Here are eight Portland-area fried clam destinations that get them just right, in no particular order. These are spots either in Portland, or within a 30-minute drive.
Did we miss your favorite spot or cast our net too shallow? Let us know in the comments.