You alway win at this Marathon in West Dennis

Teddy and Peggy Stolias take back the Marathon Restaurant
Teddy and Peggy Stoilas with their line chef Mareos Nunes from João Pesssoa, Brazil, await your visit,

Many say these are the best fried clams on Cape Cod

My wife is the world's best judge of fried clams.


The Marathon has been at the same spot since 1983.

You may find it hard to find the huge pile of fish (left) or clams (right) under the mountain of onion rings which comes with each platter, shown with the Greek colors.

Just ask her if you don't believe me.

But she insists on ones with big bellies, while most prefer a more average sized gastrointestinal track on their bivalves.

In either case, try the ones at the Marathon Restaurant on Route 28 in West Dennis a few yards east of Bass River.

It's all Greek to me

Of course it has long been determined that only a Greek can make the best fried clams or pizza - just check which nationality owns most of such bistros on this narrow land where once Yankees knew how to cook as well.

We're not suggesting that there are not fried clams as good, or about as good, in other places like Teddy and Peggy's cousins at Kreme and Kone  and The Original a little further east in Dennis.

And my wife often has lunch at Sir Cricket and Cooke's Seafood (another cousin) in Orleans when in that area.

So why write about the Marathon?

Teddy and Peggy aren't all that young anymore, and they are a year shy of having run the Marathon for thirty years. 

They sold the restaurant last summer, but had to take it back this year after the purchaser tried to keep the restaurant open in the winter when us locals simply can't or won't support the restaurants which have traditionally been year-round.

We still are a tourist economy with over half the money spent here being spent from May through October.

Why try The Marathon?

Everything on the menu is homemade and Teddy and Peggy take pride in serving only the freshest seafood. While the fried clams, shrimp and haddock are always served piping hot from the kitchen to the customer, there are also healthy broiled seafood entrees as well as grilled options, including hamburgers, steak and chicken.

The portions are huge and platters come with a generous heaping of fries as well as onion rings, but you can substitute other side orders to make your meal exactly as you want it.

Their famous, creamy clam chowder is made from scratch every day by Peggy herself, and Teddy has a secret recipe for everything from the salad dressing to the onion rings.

There are also Greek specialties, like Teddy’s own souvlaki and baklava, as well as a wide selection of beers and wine.

Remember, it takes a good Greek to fry a great clam.


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