Summer means many different things to equally as many people, and then some; I’d venture to say most summer thoughts revolve around vacations, food and some sort of ubiquitous adult beverage to set the summer mood. For me it’s clambake season. Growing up in Rhode Island, seafood and clambakes were a way of life in the summer; you didn’t think about it, you didn’t fuss about it, you just did it.
You went to the boats in Narragansett bought your fish/seafood, called a few friends invited them over and voila the backyard clambake. It’s not rocket science, never was and actually is kind of weird when restaurants make it out to be more than just boiling all your food in one pot; if you don’t do it this way then it’s not traditional, it’s more like adapted clambake styling.
Every summer when I go back home for a visit, clambakes are always the menu, whether you like it or not. And you never, ever “suggest” another way of doing things because 1) you’ll be told to leave, or in my case (2), you’ll be put on clean-up and garbage duty, and 3) you’ll eat last, and it’ll be cold. Funny thing is, I wouldn’t do anything different, no way, no how…other than to drive my sister, the Bisquick Queen crazy.
Every now and then I do my best adaptation of a clambake here in South Florida. I invite a gaggle of friends over and we have at it. Clambakes are not hard to put together by any stretch of the imagination, the key is getting the right, fresh and quality ingredients together. Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa has a very good step-by-step recipe for creating a Kitchen Clambake, follow this link for the recipe: Kitchen Clambake by Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa
If home “clambaking” isn’t for you there are a few restaurants in South Florida serving up their version of a New England style clambake weekly throughout the summer.
Restaurants serving Clambakes in Miami and Palm Beach (should this list grow and we certainly hope it does we’ll add them to the list)
Atlantic Bar & Grill, at the Palm Beach Four Seasons is serving up a Friday Night Clam Bake throughout the summer. There is one seating every Friday night at 7pm. The menu varies weekly and includes a starter dish, New England clam chowder or a fresh wedge salad; the family-style seafood bake features clams, lobster, chicken, Italian sausage, potatoes and corn on the cob. and dessert jars with choice of toffee mocha or s’mores [jars] for dessert. Reservations are required, call 561.582.2800 to reserve your table and to inquire about the weekly Clam Bake menu. Atlantic Bar & Grill, at the Palm Beach Four Seasons 2800 S Ocean Blvd Palm Beach, FL 33480
Tongue & Cheek Miami Beach is bringing classic New England-style lobster clambakes to South Beach every Tuesday this summer. For $35 a person, T&C is serving lobster, corn, clams, potatoes and New England clam chowder. Tongue & Cheek 431 Washington Ave., Miami Beach 305-704-2900
ALBA Seaside Italian at Solé on the Ocean is doin’ buckets of Lobster on Wednesdays. For $25 you get a Bucket -o-Lobster with Mussels, Clams, Corn on the Cob and Potatoes. Open bar for the ladies from 6pm to 9pm. Reservations required (786) 923-9305. 17315 Collins Ave. Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160. $5 Valet Parking
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