Clam Chowder

Clam chowder always contains clams and potatoes. Beyond those two fundamentals, it varies from region to region: Manhattan chowder has no milk or cream and is thick with many kinds of chopped-up vegetables, like minestrone. New England chowder is made with milk or cream and enriched with the flavor of salt pork. Rhode Island chowder is a creamy bisque with just enough tomatoes to turn it blushing pink. It traditionally is served with fried clam cakes on the side. Southern New England chowder, found along the Connecticut shore and into Rhode Island, is made without milk or cream and with no vegetables other than potatoes and onions. It primarily is minced clams and their nectar – a bracing grey broth designed to pique appetite before a full-bore shore dinner. Oregon chowder features clams and nuggets of potato. It ranges from elegant to rib-sticking and usually is flavored with smoked bacon or salt pork. It is thick enough that when it is served with a pat of butter on top, the butter forms a pool that does not blend until it is stirred in. Minorcan chowder, unique to St. Augustine, Florida, looks like Manhattan chowder but it is made with locally-grown datil peppers. Like their botanical cousin, the habanero, datils pack heat.

Restaurants With This Dish

Barbara’s Fishtrap

HALF MOON BAY, CA

Essex Seafood - Fried Clams Boat
Essex Seafood

ESSEX, MA

Westfair Fish & Chips

WESTPORT, CT

Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant - Fried Shrimp
Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant

EAST LYME, CT

Clam Chowder at Mo's Seafood and Chowder in Newport, OR
Mo’s Seafood and Chowder

NEWPORT, OR

Captain Parker’s Pub

YARMOUTH, MA

Clam Chowder Recipes

Clear Broth Clam Chowder

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