At Grico’s South, we know how popular good seafood is. Whether it’s enjoyed as an appetizer, part of your entree, or at our Shuck ‘Em Tuesdays, you can’t go wrong with fresh, expertly-prepared seafood. Our menu offers a range of classic seafood dishes, including several shellfish options for your appetizer. This includes steamed littleneck clams. You may have enjoyed this treat plenty of times in the past, but aren’t familiar with littleneck clams or how they’re different from other types of clams.
So, what exactly is this delicious dish you can order at Grico’s South? Learn more about littleneck clams!
What Type of Clams are Littleneck Clams?
A littleneck clam may sound like a specific type of clam, but it actually refers to the size of a hard clam, also referred to as quahogs. Hard clams are extremely popular, so if you’ve ever ordered a clam dish before, whether it was raw, in a sauce, or a chowder, you’ve likely had a hard clam. These are different from soft-shell clams, which can’t close all the way.
Littleneck clams are the smallest type of hard clam, and many consider them to be the most delicious clam you can get. Other types of hard clams include cherrystone clams, which are the next size up, and topneck clams, which are one of the largest of the hard clams. While the main thing that distinguishes each type of hard clam is the size, the taste does vary depending on which one you have. Littleneck clams are known for being extremely tender, while clams typically get tougher the larger they are. These clams were named after Little Neck Bay in Long Island, a popular spot to get them during the 1800s. However, littleneck clams come from many different spots around the East Coast today.
How are Littleneck Clams Prepared?
Depending on the type of clam you have, there are some ways of preparing them that are better than others. However, with littleneck clams, you can prepare them in many different ways and they’ll still taste amazing. Because of their great taste and tenderness, many people enjoy eating them raw more than other hard clams. However, they are also great for steaming or adding to pasta and soup. At Grico’s South, we steam our littleneck clams and add even more flavor with shallot garlic white wine lemon butter.
Try Our Seafood at Grico’s South!
Seafood is the perfect way to start off your meal, and we have plenty of great options at Grico’s South. In addition to our steamed littleneck clams, our appetizers also include iced oysters, oysters Rockefeller, shrimp savoy, and fried calamari. Whether you’re choosing one to enjoy on your own or you’re getting one of each for your table, you’ll love all the seafood we have to offer.
We also have a range of seafood entrees, including shrimp stuffed with crabmeat, blackened salmon, broiled haddock, and lobster tail. It doesn’t matter if you prefer fish or shellfish, Grico’s South has the perfect dish for you.
If you’re in the mood for seafood or any of our other classic dishes, be sure to make your reservations to join us for dinner in Nanticoke soon!