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TheDailyMeal: Fading Favorites: 11 Dishes Disappearing from Menus

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10. Clams Casino

Once upon a time, no respectful restaurant, be it Italian, a steakhouse, or a seafood restaurant, would send out a menu that didn’t have clams casino in the appetizer list. The dish came out of the "shellfish fad" of the early 20th century, when just about every restaurant would have some sort of baked bivalve on their menu. This particular dish, baked clams on the half shell topped with breadcrumbs, butter, and bacon (with regional variations) was reportedly invented in 1917 at the Little Casino in Narragansett, R.I., and for one reason or another it took off (our guess: the bacon). And while the fad has long since died down in most of the country, Clams Casino can still be found in nearly every restaurant in Rhode Island.

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