Every menu claims it has the best chowder in New England, but only a select few really have cups of “chowdah” that stand out from the rest.[find-an-apartment]
From creamy New England-style clam chowder to fish chowder with big pieces of fish to the most innovative, fresh idea for chowder, Boston has you covered in all things chowder.
Island Creek Oyster Bar
With a thinner broth than most clam chowders, Island Creek Oyster Bar offers the flavor of New England clam chowder with a texture similar to Manhattan clam chowder. In essence, it has the best of both worlds in its Local Clam Chowder, featuring hand-dug clams and house-cured bacon, plus buttermilk biscuits on the side. Of course, people mostly come here for the oysters, which hail from Massachusetts, New England, just outside New England and even the West Coast. Have a cup of chowder with your dozen raw oysters for a complete, satisfying meal.
Where: 500 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215
Belle Isle Lobster & Seafood
For traditional, creamy New England-style clam chowder, visit Belle Isle Lobster & Seafood. And at $2 a cup, how could you afford not to? Brimming with potatoes, large, plentiful pieces of clam and onions sautéed in butter in a thick clam juice-flavored broth, the clam chowder at Belle Isle is everything you’d expect in New England clam chowder.
Where: One Main St., Winthrop, MA 02118
With smoked salmon, cod, steamed clams and tender potatoes, the creamy, delightful fish chowder is a local favorite at The Druid. It’s comfort food at its best, especially when served with Irish soda bread. The Druid is the perfect place to spend a rainy Boston afternoon – belly up to the bar for a bowl of fish chowder and your favorite pint.
Where: 1357 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02139
East Coast Grill
For an unconventional take on traditional chowder that works, try the clam and corn chowder at East Coast Grill. Teeming with sweet potatoes, chilies and sweet corn, this clam chowder is topped with honey-cornbread croutons for a sweet spin on a spicy chowder. Did we mention it also has bacon in it?
Where: 1271 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02139
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