New England ‘Clam Chowda’ is deservedly famous for the simple yet ingenious combination of potatoes, onions and clams. Boston clam chowder varies a bit from Manhattan’s (which adds tomatoes) or Rhode Island’s (which is usually clear), but clam chowder is still one of the must-try foods in Boston.
Some people like it creamy, some like it light; whatever your preference, here are some popular places, in no particular order, where anyone can start their chowder sampling:
Union Oyster House – which also happens to be the oldest restaurant in the country – has been feeding customers their classic, creamy chowder since the early 19th century. It has an intriguing story and is worth the visit for the historic significance alone.
Atlantic Fish Co., a popular choice, serves up the Boston favorite with a bread bowl. This place has even won awards for its chowder, and it also has plenty of other seafood to go along with it, like their signature raw bar and fancy desserts.
Legal Sea Foods, while admittedly a large chain, has chowder that’s a bit thicker and heartier. It might be worth having a taste of some here to use as a comparison for other places, since it seems to be everywhere.
Other clam chowder choices in Boston include Neptune Oyster, Boston Chowda Co., B&G Oysters, and Hillstone.