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Northshore June/July 2023

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108 J.T. Farnham's in Essex has been in business since 1941. J.T. Farnham's In that same lashing rain, we drove out to Essex, to J.T. Farnham's, on Route 133. Open since 1941, when the Wilson family launched what was then called Wilson's Fried Clams, Farnham's has a storied history in Essex; the business later changed its name to honor the Farnham family, who owned it next. It is now owned by the Cellucci family, and they continue to abide by New England tradition with their clam boxes. It wasn't the sort of day for eating outside, so we tucked into one of the restaurant's booths. Farnham's is all hand-written bills and cash. (You can still pay by check, as we saw a fellow traveler as we ate.) Clams, fried to order, arrive blisteringly hot. Ours were brought to the table without fanfare, a cardboard parcel that smelled of the sea. Inside, we found perfect jewels: clams with crisp exteriors and yielding bellies, and, on the Formica counters, a bin filled to the brim with tartar sauce.

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