Quite possibly the best clam roll on the East Coast

Day Trip: Rockport

Memories of days spent with my Italian grandfather clamming and crabbing along the Connecticut shore always brings a smile to my face. It was great fun getting stuck in the mud flats and losing your sneakers. As a 7 year old, the mud would almost be up to my waist.  Afterward we would stop by the closest stand for fried clams and clam fritters. Yummm!  Guess I consider myself somewhat of a fried clam aficionado. The clams must be as fresh as that day, breading not too thick but tasty, cooked well but not overdone, and not greasy.  In all my days I have not tasted fried seafood as good as Graffam Brothers in Rockport.

Graffam Brothers, Rockport, Maine

Graffam Brothers, Rockport, Maine

Pick a beautiful sunny day and head on over. The lunch shack is right across from their seafood market. (Which we frequent often by the way.) The outdoor seating makes for a real summer treat. You might want to get a haddock roll too, can’t really decide which I like better! Directions here on their facebook page.

Fried clam roll at Graffam Brothers

Fried clam roll at Graffam Brothers

Haddock Roll at Graffam Brothers

Haddock Roll at Graffam Brothers

 

Since you are down on the coast for a day trip, you might want to stay right there in Rockport.

Rockport Harbor

Rockport Harbor

The marine park sports a small beach, restrooms, a changing room and shower. Picnic tables offer a great viewing spot and place for a light evening meal. Remnants of the lime kiln provide a history lesson for the kids. They always love the stone statue of Andre the seal too!

Harbor Masters boat, Rockport

Harbor Masters boat, Rockport

Lime Kiln at Rockport Marine Park

Lime Kiln at Rockport Marine Park

Lime Kiln at Rockport Marine Park

Lime Kiln at Rockport Marine Park

Awaiting sail at Rockport Harbor

Awaiting sail at Rockport Harbor

Kayaks ready for shoreline exploration.

Kayak Rentals, Rockport Marine Park

Kayak Rentals, Rockport Marine Park

The Marine Park is one of my favorite places to relax and take a breath, beautiful scenery without the hype.

And don’t forget to check out State of Maine Cheese and Rockport Pottery before you head back for the evening.

 

Karen Olson

About Karen Olson

Karen Olson is an artist working in metal. Her blogs offer a global perspective, a celebration of art and culture. She 'lives like a tourist' in Midcoast Maine where she makes her home and finds inspiration for art and life in her travels. Follow her creative passion with Renuko Style at renukostyle.com and Coastal Collage, a Bangor Daily News Blog at coastalcollage.bangordailynews.com