Since the mid-90's I've been avoiding the "other" clam shack in Essex and bee-lining to Farnham's for my fix of fried wonders. Farnham's prices have increased over the past 2 years so the range is now 8-35 for food orders, with $35 being the large order of whole clams. The food is always great and if you love fried clams you'll not want to miss Farnham's. Woodman's tends to get bigger crowds, mainly because they have 5x the capacity to hold patrons. But their food is not even close to the food you'll get a Farnham's.
The family and I went to Farnham's this past Mother's day after a day at the Beach - yes the beach in May (Yeah Good Harbor!), Although the wait was longer than usual the quality was spot-on and great as always.
This place sits on the edge of the marsh off of Route 133, and the views and outdoor sitting are just perfect for munching with your family, friends or significant others. Avoid the crush of the mega store Woodman's and get a taste of the real Essex and drive straight to Farnham's.
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