Best Chowder in Boston

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…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 luxury territory thanks to butter-braised…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 up the competition.
1. Flaky puff pastry…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…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 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

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…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….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,…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…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 blandness, with a texture that’s…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 at KingFish Hall. Hence, the…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 watch the harbor traffic and…Read More

2000 Best Chowder, Gourmet



Time is on Locke-Ober’s side. Having stood in the same location on Winter Place since 1875, this Brahmin institution has learned to season its classic chowder to perfection. The ober’s…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…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…Read More

1992 Best Chowder

798 Main


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

1976 Best Chowder, Clam

Half Shell Restaurant


Yes, Virginia, there are clams in clam chowder. And onions. And potatoes. And butter. And cream . . …Read More

1974 Best Chowder, Clam

The No-Name Restaurant


No question. The No-Name Restaurant on the Fish Pier in Boston. The ideal combination of little chowder and lots of clams…Read More

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