Part of a series of occasional articles highlighting summer destinations and activities along Massachusetts highways.
IPSWICH — As they headed down Route 133, past the wildflower fields and split-rail fences on this North Shore byway, Ray and Maria Gilfus had a taste for adventure.
Like always, they craved fried clams, the mouth-watering treat that draws seafood lovers far and near to this winding stretch of road. This time they were going to try a new place, see how another famed clam shack stacked up.
But when the Newburyport couple came upon their regular spot, caught the whiff of fried batter on the breeze, their car seemed to will itself to the Clam Box. Adventure would have to wait.
“They just melt in your mouth,” said Ray Gilfus, showing no hint of regret for sticking with the familiar choice. “So good.”
“We always say we’re going to keep going” and stop at another local clam shack, Maria said with a reconciled, can-you-blame-us shrug. “But we like it here.”
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