Summer means clams. As many as we can get our buttery hands on.
Here are some places – from highbrow to low – to get your clam (oyster, shrimp, etc.) fix. Prices could change depending on the market cost.
Dos Amigos on The Lake
3800 Hoover Road, Hamburg
Bring your best amigo (or amiga) to watch the sunset. Raw clams ($14 dozen/$8 half), oysters ($30/$16) or jumbo shrimp cocktail ($37/$19) are classic selections. On Thursday, get a dozen raw or steamed clams for $12. Clams casino gets the Dos Amigos treatment, served oreganata style with heirloom tomatoes, bread crumbs, butter, lemon and lots of oregano ($30/$16).
[Related: More about the new-look Dos Amigos]
3365 Delaware Ave.
You can’t miss the clam stand out front of Marotto’s, located on Delaware near Sheridan. Enjoy littleneck ($15) or top neck ($14), a dozen steamed or raw. Raw oysters ($28), oysters Rockefeller ($28) and shrimp cocktail (four for $8) are offered, too, along with a great bar menu with items including fried calamari.
Nickel Creek Café
4717 Clinton St., West Seneca
During the summer, Nickel Creek runs a Colin’s Clam Shack patio menu of raw, steamed or garlic and wine steamed clams by the dozen ($12.99) along with peel-and-eat shrimp (market price), crab cakes ($8) and other finger food.
The flip side features clam shack cocktails ($6) that are $4 from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Enjoy a Pink Flamingo or (ah hem) Sex on a Raft (Stoli raspberry vodka, Kahlua, peach schnapps, Black haus and pineapple juice).
Old Man River Seafood & BBQ Shack
375 Niagara St., Tonawanda
OMR Seafood & BBQ Shack offers fresh clam raw, steamed or casino, steamed mussels and shrimp by the pound. From the fryer come clam strips along with other stuff like fried scallops. Seafood chowder and clam broth available. Thursdays Clam Jam is buy one dozen raw or steamed ($14.95) get a half dozen free. There's barbecued ribs, chicken and live music, too.
Partner’s Bar & Pizzeria
395 Shanley St.
Partner’s quirky patio with its clam bar and cheap beer is the perfect combination. On Sundays clams are $6.99 a dozen raw or steamed, Wednesdays a dozen lobster dainties are $4.99, on Saturday enjoy 2-for-1 clam chowder. Clam bar opens at 4 p.m.
Remington Tavern & Seafood Exchange
184 Sweeney St., North Tonawanda
Clam Slam starts at 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Get a dozen raw, steamed or clam casino all night long for $12. For those who prefer oysters, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, you can slurp down a dozen raw for $20 (for $45 adds half bottle of Veuve Clicquot to wash them down).
70 Aqua Lane, Tonawanda
The River Grill Bucket ($20) loads up a dozen clams and a pound of mussels all steamed in a seasoned broth. Comes with lemon wedges and lots of napkins.
The River Clam Bake ($33) features clams, shrimp, scallops, a four-ounce lobster tail, red potatoes and corn on the cob while the Ultimate Steamer Platter ($35) includes clams, mussels, shrimp, crab legs steamed and served with butter.
Bouillabaisse ($35) pairs clams, lobster, shrimp, fish and mussels with a tomato seafood brother. “Not for the neat!” says the River Grill.
6629 Clinton St., Elma
The no-frills shack features picnic tables for hanging out and a curmudgeon-y older guy working the window. Grab beers from inside and create your own clambake.
Raw or steamers are $5.50 half dozen/$9 dozen. Peel-and-eat shrimp is $7, lobster dainties $7 and a shrimp cocktail is $5.95. Snow crab clusters are $6.95. Steamed combos mix and match stuff and include corn on the cob for prices from $9.75 to $45.50 for a high tide platter.
We like that Santino’s serves Manhattan clam chowder (the red one), which is something you don’t often see. Opens at 4 p.m. daily. Heed the sign “Must Pay When You Order.”
Steve’s Clam Bar
1368 Hertel Ave.
One of the more famous clam experiences, Steve’s Clam Bar has set up shop this season at Salumeria Belsito on Hertel Avenue. We hope he is still serving the clams elegante, a casino clam with added shrimp. Steve’s “oyster geography” – where his oysters come from – cracks us up. Open 1 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Water Street Landing
115 South Water St., Lewiston
Monday's Clam Slam features a dozen steamed clams for $5.99 on the covered patio and the River SideBar starting at 4 p.m. Watch Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours heading out while enjoying live music.