Fall’s arrival means that it’s officially clambake season in Cleveland—at restaurants, at special events, and in friends’ backyards. Clam bakes (or as we in Cleveland spell it – “clambakes”) originated in New England, but Cleveland has taken the clambake and embraced it as its own fall tradition. A typical Northeast Ohio clambake includes a dozen clams with a half chicken, sweet potatoes, corn, and other side dishes. The clams, chicken, and sweet potatoes are all steamed together in a large pot with lots of vegetables like celery, parsnips, onions, peppers, corn husks, etc. and herbs to flavor the broth. You can also add on all kinds of things like steak, lobster (whole or tails), scallops, extra clams, etc.

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