Fried clams are a top seller, Metts said, with about 30 gallons of clams fried and served every week. Thousands more will follow this season before Clam Haven closes its doors for the season in September.
Onion rings are popular, too, the Clam Haven goes through about 500 pounds of onions every week.
Some have other favorites.
“It’s the hot dog special,” April Starin of Manchester said.
A Derry native, she worked at the ice cream window as a teen and returns every year.
“I wanted to come (on opening day), but it was raining so I came the next day,” Starin said. “I think it’s sort of a Derry tradition.”
Karissa Schneider of Derry agreed.
“It’s the best seafood around,” she said.
She is partial to Metts’ fried clam strips. Other come for the ice cream and slushes.
Metts said he has enjoyed having his family close by, helping make Clam Haven a success.
He also has enjoyed seeing generations of families stop by every year to enjoy his food. He said it’s a tradition to share stories and memories.
“We know people’s lives and they want to share with you,” Metts said.
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