Best of Boston

BEST Chowder, Clam

2017 BEST Chowder, Clam

Legal Sea Foods


You don’t mess with success. Legal’s classic formula—a creamy base, loads of clam flavor, firm potato chunks—has been warming Bostonians’ souls for decades. It even has a White House endorsement, having been ladled at every inauguration since the Reagan era…. read more»

2016 BEST Chowder, Clam



We know what you’re thinking: With all the seafood joints in Boston, you landed on Sonsie? Stifle your preconceptions for a moment, because when it comes to the classics, it’s all about execution. And that’s where this al fresco hot… read more»

2015 BEST Chowder, Clam

The Daily Catch Seaport


With a just creamy enough texture, generous potato chunks, meaty pieces of clam, and a house-made biscuit in place of the requisite oyster crackers, the Daily Catch’s chowder is an exemplar of the form. read more»

2012 BEST Chowder, Clam

Ned Devine’s


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


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»

2005 BEST Chowder, Clam

Turner Fisheries Restaurant & Bar


Experimentation may be the spice of fine dining, but chowder demands tradition. To heretics inclined to load their chowder with corn, carrots, or—God forbid—Baileys Irish Cream, we say: Move west. Real Bostonians demand their chowder like Turner’s. That is, dense… read more»

2004 BEST Chowder, Clam

Turner Fisheries


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


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


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»