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BEST Chowder, clam

2013 BEST Chowder, Clam
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B & G Oysters

Boston

Anatomy of a Winner: Here in Boston, it’s tough to stand out in a veritable ocean of chowdah. Here’s how Barbara Lynch’s oyster bar shows up the competition. 1. Flaky puff pastry “oyster crackers” are coated with sweet paprika and… read more»

2012 BEST Chowder, Clam

Ned Devine’s

Boston

That’s right—Ned Devine’s. We were won over by the buttery, not-too-thick texture, bits of fresh thyme, and sweet, chopped cockles and clams that make this Faneuil Hall spot’s chowder a perfect example of what the New England staple should be. read more»

2007 BEST Chowder, Clam

Great Bay

Boston

A pure, fine broth; a smoky backbone of bacon; and plump whole mollusks elevate this above the gluey sludge commonly doled out to tourists. No bells and whistles, just the essence of the sea. read more»

2004 BEST Chowder, Clam

Turner Fisheries

Boston

Chowder, that most traditional of New England foods, could never be invented today. Leaving aside the Manhattanite abomination, a good chowder, with its base of salt pork and heavy cream, is a test of will to modern-day dieters. Turner Fisheries… read more»

2003 BEST Chowder, Clam

The Times Bar and Restaurant

Boston

To hell with baked beans. Clam chowder is Boston’s crowning food—not potato, not flour, but clam. That’s a distinction understood at the Times, an otherwise largely undistinguished beer hall within a stone’s kick of the waterfront. Each spoonful of the… read more»

1998 BEST Chowder, Clam

Legal Sea Foods

Not one but two versions! There is the sinful creamy chowder most of you already know and love, and a low-fat version, a secret treasure that’s not even on the menu. The latter has a clear broth base instead of… read more»

1997 BEST Chowder, Clam

Turner Fisheries of Boston

Boston

This is another one of those Boston traditions that seems simple enough, but is repeatedly botched by ambitious amateurs. Turner Fisheries sticks to the basics—a good roux, fresh potatoes, lots of clams—to come up with a winner. read more»

1976 BEST Chowder, Clam

Half Shell Restaurant

Boston

Yes, Virginia, there are clams in clam chowder. And onions. And potatoes. And butter. And cream . . . read more»

1975 BEST Chowder, Clam

The Ritz Carlton Hotel

Boston

The Ritz-Carlton’s is the chowder to beat. read more»

1974 BEST Chowder, Clam

The No-Name Restaurant

Boston

No question. The No-Name Restaurant on the Fish Pier in Boston. The ideal combination of little chowder and lots of clams. read more»