Best of Boston

Best Chowder

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 […] 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 […] read more»
2014 Best Chowder

Grill 23

For the finest chowder in town, you’ll have to turn to a steakhouse. Grill 23’s version stars quahogs, but takes the humble bivalve-and-potato soup into […] read more»
2013 Best Chowder, Clam

B & G Oysters

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 […] 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 […] read more»
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 […] read more»
2010 Best Chowder

Legal Sea Foods

Chestnut Hill
Surely someplace other than Legal can whip up a great chowder, we thought. And so we set about finding it. Countless gloppy, thin, and off-tasting […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] read more»
2002 Best Chowder

The Barking Crab

For a city with perhaps the nation’s highest expectations for clam chowder, Boston offers a pitiful few truly good renditions. Most versions have degenerated into […] read more»
2001 Best Chowder

KingFish Hall

Unless your mother has the culinary savoir-faire of Todd English, you likely did not grow up on “chowdah” that tasted anything like what you’ll find […] read more»
2000 Best Chowder, Affordable

Barking Crab

Not an appetizing name for a restaurant, but the Barking Crab’s outdoor location along Fort Point Channel makes for an appetizing setting in which to […] read more»