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100 Favorite Dishes: Topneck Clams on the Half Shell From Tark's of Dania

100 Favorite Dishes: Topneck Clams on the Half Shell From Tark's of Dania
John Linn

As a countdown to the Best of Broward Palm Beach 2010,

coming in

May, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida.

Send your own nominations to john.linn@browardpalmbeach.com.

No. 11: Topneck Clams on the Half Shell From Tark's of Dania

This blue- and white-painted seafood counter has been shucking raw

clams and oysters, 

frying up chicken wings, and serving cold lager

along Federal Highway since Lyndon Johnson was in office. The place is

little more than a single bar top and a chef's line -- just pull up a

stool and watch the entertainment. That, of course, would be the way

the staff lovingly banters back and forth with each other as they sling

beer and whip up orders with dramatic flair. Order a dozen clams from

the raw bar, and you'll see why this place has been a hit so long. The

clams are fresh as can be, spurting oceanic juices as they're cracked

in two. Their shimmering alabaster flesh is tender and toothsome, with

a briny bite and a texture so luxurious you'll forget you're in a clam

shack in Dania. But that setting, along with a squeeze of lemon or two,

makes these clams the best around.


Tarks of Dania
1317 S. Federal Hwy., Dania Beach

954-925-8275

tarks.com

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Tarks Of Dania Beach

1317 S. Federal Highway
Dania Beach, FL 33004

954-925-8275

www.tarks.com


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