Best Chowder in Boston

2014 Best Chowder

Grill 23

Boston

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 luxury territory thanks to butter-braised…Read More

2011 Best Chowder

Legal Sea Foods

Boston

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…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 bowls later, we conceded: The…Read More

2002 Best Chowder

The Barking Crab

Boston

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 blandness, with a texture that’s…Read More

2001 Best Chowder

KingFish Hall

Boston

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 at KingFish Hall. Hence, the…Read More

1992 Best Chowder

798 Main

Cambridge

Bruce Frankel knows New England cookery like nobody else, and his chowders prove it—never too rich and always packed with flavor…Read More

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