Best of Boston

2011 Best Chowder

Legal Sea Foods

Like spaghetti sauce or competition chili, clam chowder is one of those foods that’s better made in enormous quantities. The big-batch approach melds all the flavors—and no one in town does as much volume as Legal. Based on a rich fish stock made from the bones of thousands of swimmers, the chowder features the essence of briny clams, a bit of cream, herbs, onions, and potatoes. Simple and delicious.

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